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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor , including Fayrfax Ave Dei Patris Cardinal's Musick, director Andrew Carwood
6.15 Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor Margaret Fingerhut , Ulster Orchestra, conductor Vernon Handley
7.05 Massenet The Last Sleep of the Virgin (La Vierge)
ORTF National Orchestra, conductor Thomas Beecham
7.32 Bach French Suite No 6 in E,
BWV81 7 Angela Hewitt (piano)
8.05 Berlioz Overture: Le Corsaire
London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis
8.45 Delius Life's Dance
Royal Philharmonic, conductor Norman Del Mar


Unknown: Andrew McGregor
Director: Andrew Carwood
Unknown: Margaret Fingerhut
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Conductor: Thomas Beecham
Piano: Angela Hewitt
Conductor: Colin Davis
Conductor: Norman Del Mar

: Morning Collection

With Peter Hobday.
Handel Concerto a Due Cori No 1 in B flat English Concert, director Trevor Pinnock
9.17 Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue, Op 87 No 17
Tatiana Nikolaeva (piano)
9.24 Leclair Trio Sonata in G minor,
Op 4 No 5
Les Talens Lyriques, director Christophe Rousset
9.41 Hoist Choral Fantasia
Lynne Dawson (soprano), Guildford Choral Society, John Birch (organ), Royal Philharmonic, conductor Hilary Davan Wetton Discs


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Director: Trevor Pinnock
Piano: Tatiana Nikolaeva
Director: Christophe Rousset
Soprano: Lynne Dawson
Unknown: John Birch
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

: Musical Encounters

Stephanie Hughes remembers the first London performance of Porgy and Bess, 45 years ago today.
Corelli Concerto Grosso in F. Op 6 No 12
Brandenburg Consort, director Roy Goodman
10.14 Gade Piano Trio in F, Op 42 Copenhagen Trio
10.39 Ame Cantata: The Morning Emma Kirkby (soprano), Parley of Instruments, director Roy Goodman
10.48 Artist of the Week:
Rivka Golani (viola)
Rubbra Viola Concerto RPO, conductor Vernon Handley
11.15 Erroll Gamer Erroll 's Blues
Joanna MacGregor (piano)
11.20 Gershwin Porgy and Bess (excerpts)
Cynthia Haymon (soprano), Willard White (bass), London Philharmonic, conductor Simon Rattle


Unknown: Stephanie Hughes
Director: Roy Goodman
Soprano: Emma Kirkby
Artist: Roy Goodman
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Conductor: Erroll Gamer Erroll
Piano: Joanna MacGregor
Piano: Gershwin Porgy
Soprano: Cynthia Haymon
Soprano: Willard White
Conductor: Simon Rattle

: Composers of the Week: Dufay, Binchois and Their Contemporaries

With Christopher Page.
4: The Father of Joyfulness
The chansons of Gilles Binchois ' and Hayne van Ghizeghem provide the modern listener with an exceptional experience of medieval song. This programme explores the sound world of these two composers, including Hayne's most celebrated work, De Tous Biens
Plaine - an international success in its day - and music for 15th-century lute, so different from its much more famous Elizabethan descendant.
Repeated next Thursday 11.30pm


Unknown: Gilles Binchois
Unknown: Hayne van Ghizeghem
Unknown: Tous Biens

: In Repertory

The fourth of six programmes in which singers talk to Rodney Milnes about their interpretations of particular operatic roles. Mezzo
Diana Montague talks about the title role in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride. The programme features the recording of the opera she made in 1985 with conductor John Eliot
Gardiner and singers Thomas Allen , John Aler and Rene Massis.


Unknown: Rodney Milnes
Talks: Diana Montague
Conductor: John Eliot
Singers: Thomas Allen
Singers: John Aler
Singers: Rene Massis.

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Wagner Tannhauser (Overture; Venusberg Music)
Conductor Tadaaki Otaka
Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice Faure Pavane
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor
Prokofiev Cinderella: Suite No 2
Conductor Grant Llewellyn , Leon McCawley (piano)


Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
Piano: Leon McCawley

: Ensemble

Repeated from yesterday 10pm

: Music Machine

Tommy Pearson looks at the acoustics of musical instruments - how and why they make the sound they do. Today he investigates the acoustics of brass instruments.
What is actually going on in all that pipework?


Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty celebrates National Poetry Day by inviting six poets - including Charles Causley ,
Gillian Clarke , Matthew Sweeney and Ruth Padell - to choose settings of their poems. Graham Johnson pays particular attention to word-setting in today's comparison of songs by Schubert and the people he influenced. There is news of David
Bintley's new ballet Edward II, with music by John McCabe , and Rafferty's selection of evocative music continues with Rossini's
Overture; The Barber of Seville, the cello arrangement of Faure's song
Après un Reve, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, and, at a little after 5.30, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio
Espagnol played by the London
Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras.
See also 10.45pm


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Charles Causley
Unknown: Gillian Clarke
Unknown: Matthew Sweeney
Unknown: Ruth Padell
Unknown: Graham Johnson
Music By: John McCabe
Conducted By: Charles MacKerras.

: Performance on 3

Schumann Revealed
The second of three concerts exploring music by Schumann, introduced by Andrew Lyle.
Robert Levin (piano), Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, conductor John Eliot Gardiner
Symphony in G minor (Zwickau);
Introduction and Allegro in D, Op 134; Konzertstuck in F for Four Horns, Op 86: Symphony No 3 in E flat (Rhenish) Final programme tomorrow 7.30pm


Introduced By: Andrew Lyle.
Piano: Robert Levin
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

: Postscript

The fourth of five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century.


Talks: Ian Christie

: Villa-Lobos

The first of two programmes of miniatures by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Discs Next programme tomorrow 9.40pm

: Music Restored

Celebrating the Glory of the Voice
The fourth of eight programmes from the York Early Music Festival introduced by George Pratt.
Honey from the Hive. This concert was given last July in St Olave's Church, Marygate.
Emma Kirkby (soprano), Anthony Rooley (lute)
Dowland Can She Excuse: 0 Sweet
Woods Anthony Holbome Countess of Pembroke's Paradise
Dowland Flow My Tears: Sorrow
Stay: Die Not before Thy Day: Mourn, Day Is with Darkness Fled: Farewell, Too Fair: Time Stands Still
Holborne The Sighs Galliard Dowland His Golden Locks
Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Introduced By: George Pratt.
Soprano: Emma Kirkby
Soprano: Anthony Rooley
Unknown: Anthony Holbome Countess

: Night Waves

The history of medicine has become one of the most illuminating and disturbing areas of investigation. Patrick Wright discusses a wide-ranging new study called Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism, in which Sheldon Watts looks at the way imperial medicine became a tool of Empire. And David Bintley brings blood and betrayal to
Birmingham with the British premiere of his ballet Edward II. Night Waves reports from the opening night of this huge production. Producer Fiona Batley


Unknown: Patrick Wright
Unknown: Sheldon Watts
Unknown: David Bintley
Producer: Fiona Batley

: Composers of the Week: Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

With Christopher Cook. Robert Craft talks about his pioneering recordings of the music of Anton Webern.
Schoenberg Piano Concerto, Op 42 Glenn Gould , CBC Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Robert Craft
Webem Concerto, Op 24
Hollywood Film Studios' Orchestra, conductor Robert Craft
Berg Der Wein
Sabine Hass (soprano),
Vienna SO/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Schoenberg A Survivor from Warsaw Gottfried Hornik (narrator),
Vienna State Opera Male Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado Repeated from last Thursday


Unknown: Christopher Cook.
Talks: Robert Craft
Unknown: Anton Webern.
Unknown: Glenn Gould
Conductor: Robert Craft
Conductor: Robert Craft
Conductor: Berg Der Wein
Soprano: Sabine Hass
Unknown: Rozhdestvensky Schoenberg

: Jazz Notes

Part 2 of the tenth-anniversary concert by Steve and Julian Arguelles ' Quintet at this year's Kingston-upon-Hull Jazz Festival.


Unknown: Julian Arguelles

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Choral Evensong from Rochester Cathedral
Repeated from yesterday 4pm
2.00 Bach A Musical Offering, BWV1079 Kuijken Quartet
3.00 Schools
3.00 Music Workshop 3.20 Let's Move 3.40 Words Alive! 3.55 First
Steps in Drama 4.10 Listen and Write 4.30 Alphabet Time 4.40 Facal a Leabhar
5.00 Sequence


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.

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