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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor , including Delius Violin Sonata in B
Tasmin Little, Piers Lane (piano)
6.29 Mozart Symphony No 18 in F, K130
English Concert, director Trevor Pinnock
7.04 Purcell My Beloved Spake, Z28 James Bowman (countertenor), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Charles Pott and Michael George (basses),
Quiristers of Winchester College, the King's Consort and Choir, director Robert King
7.32 Nielsen Pan and Syrinx Danish National Radio SO, conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
8.05 Grainger Molly on the Shore
Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra, conductor Frederick Fennell
8.44 Saint-Saens The Muse and the Poet
Ulf Hoelscher (violin),
Ralph Kirshbaum (cello),
Philharmonia, conductor Pierre Dervaux


Unknown: Andrew McGregor
Director: Trevor Pinnock
Unknown: James Bowman
Tenor: John Mark Ainsley
Tenor: Charles Pott
Tenor: Michael George
Director: Robert King
Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Conductor: Grainger Molly
Conductor: Frederick Fennell
Violin: Ulf Hoelscher
Cello: Ralph Kirshbaum
Conductor: Pierre Dervaux

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday. Bartok Dance Suite
New York Philharmonic, conductor Pierre Boulez
9.20 Bartok Three Pieces for Two
Pianos (Mikrokosmos)
Ditta Bartok-Pasztory and Maria Comensoli
9.27 Vivaldi Magnificat , RV610a Susan Gritton and Lisa Milne
(sopranos), Catherine Denley
(contralto), Lynton Atkinson (tenor), the King's Consort and Choir, conductor Robert King
9.41 Schubert String Quintet in C, 0956
Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider
(violins), Milton Katims (viola), Pablo Casals and Paul Tortelier (cellos)


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Unknown: Ditta Bartok-Pasztory
Unknown: Maria Comensoli
Unknown: Vivaldi Magnificat
Unknown: Rv610a Susan Gritton
Sopranos: Lisa Milne
Sopranos: Catherine Denley
Contralto: Lynton Atkinson
Conductor: Robert King
Unknown: Isaac Stern
Violins: Alexander Schneider
Violins: Milton Katims
Viola: Pablo Casals
Viola: Paul Tortelier

: Artist of the Week

Robert Tear
Joan Bakewell discovers more about
Robert Tear 's life and his recent activities in the recording studio. Tear reveals which is his personal favourite from his extensive discography.


Unknown: Robert Tear
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Robert Tear

: Sound Stories

Richard Baker tells the stories behind 1,000 years of great music. Leos Janacek was in his mid-sixties when he first encountered Kamilla Stosslova
in a spa town in Moravia. Both were married, and she was 40 years younger than him. Yet this unlikely liaison was the catalyst for an outpouring of compositions, including the string quartet Intimate Letters.


Unknown: Richard Baker
Music: Leos Janacek
Unknown: Kamilla Stosslova

: Composers of the Week Mozart and the English Mozarts

With Roderick Swanston.
5: And Now Let's Go Hand in Hand, Not One before the Other
As Nancy Storace bids farewell to
Mozart, Roderick Swanston takes his leave from the English composers whose Mozartean promise was all too often denied by death and hostile times.
Mozart Ch'io Mi Scordi di Te , K505 Unley To Heal the Wound a Bee Had Made
Storace The Curfew
Bishop Home Sweet Home
Attwood Ellen 's Harp; Ave Maria Mozart Ave Verum Corpus; God Is Our Refuge
Attwood Teach Me, 0 Lord, the Way of Thy Statutes
Wesley Omnia Vanitas
Repeated next Friday 11.30pm


Unknown: Roderick Swanston.
Unknown: Nancy Storace
Unknown: Roderick Swanston
Unknown: Mi Scordi Di Te
Unknown: Attwood Ellen
Unknown: Maria Mozart

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Introduced by Nicola Heywood Thomas. Medici Quartet
Saint-Saens String Quartet No 1 in E minor, Op 112
Sebastian Forbes String Quartet No 4 (first broadcast)


Introduced By: Nicola Heywood Thomas.
Unknown: Sebastian Forbes

: The BBC Archive

Dennis Brain
In 1957, a tragic accident cut short the life of one of the greatest horn players of all time, Dennis Brain. Fiona Talkington explores Dennis Brain 's short but glittering career with fellow horn player Barry Tuckwell and Brain's lifelong friend, flautist
Gareth Morris. She also introduces a selection of recordings Dennis Brain made for the BBC. Including Schubert Auf dem Strom
Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat, K407 Plus excerpts from a recital which Dennis Brain gave just a few days before his death.
Revised repeat


Unknown: Dennis Brain
Unknown: Fiona Talkington
Unknown: Dennis Brain
Unknown: Barry Tuckwell
Unknown: Gareth Morris.
Unknown: Dennis Brain

: Music Restored

Repeated from yesterday 10pm

: Music Machine

In the last of his visits to Norway, Tommy Pearson goes in search of the legendary figure Peer Gynt and tries to find out if the story is based on fact or whether the character and his exploits were all just inventions of the playwright Ibsen. He visits Gudbrandsdal, where there is an annual Peer Gynt festival in the town of Vinstra, and talks to Ibsen scholar Robert Ferguson.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson
Unknown: Robert Ferguson.

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty looks at the American experience as he attends the world's largest celebration of American culture at London's Barbican Centre.
Music includes Bernstein, Copland and Oscar Peterson and, at 5.35, a performance of Dvorak's American string quartet by the Keller Quartet.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Oscar Peterson

: Performance on 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra
From BBC Maida Vale
Studios, presented by Paul Guinery with Gerard McBurney. A
Composer Portrait concert featuring the Russian composer Sofia
Gubaidulina (born 1931). Her music has received wide acclaim in the west since the early 1980s, and she is now recognised as one of the most imaginative voices in contemporary composition. A composer who believes passionately in the deeply expressive power of music, Gubaidulina combines ancient Caucasian and Russian folk traditions with modern-day western musical techniques. Conductor Reinbert Leeuw , Alexei Lyubimov (piano)
Gubaidulina Introitus; Stimmen ... Verstummen ...


Presented By: Paul Guinery
Unknown: Gerard McBurney.
Conductor: Reinbert Leeuw
Piano: Alexei Lyubimov

: Postscript

Word Pictures
Five writers each choose a picture in the National Gallery and use it as a basis for a short imaginative narrative. 5: AS Byatt on Velasquez's Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary.

: Haydn and Bartok

The ninth programme in a 14-part series coupling Haydn sonatas with some of Bartok's major piano works. Todd Crow (piano)
Haydn Sonata in F, H XVI 23 Bartok Four Dirges
Haydn Sonata in E flat, H XVI 49 Next programme Wednesday 9.10pm


Piano: Todd Crow
Piano: Haydn Sonata

: Hear and Now

Andrew Sparling introduces the third of four special concerts given this month at the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House.
This concert is a tribute to one of the forgotten figures of post-war modernism, Jean Barraque , a composer in the grand manner, for ever in conflict with a sense of the futility of artistic endeavour. Barraque Piano Sonata Rolf Hind At about 10.40, some of tonight's performers join those who knew and worked with Barraque, including
Roger Woodward and Adrian Jack , in compiling a portrait of the composer who was born 70 years ago and died in 1973. Alison Wells (soprano), Ensemble Corrente, conductor James Wood Stockhausen Kreuzspiel Barraque Sequence


Introduces: Andrew Sparling
Unknown: Jean Barraque
Unknown: Roger Woodward
Unknown: Adrian Jack
Soprano: Alison Wells
Conductor: James Wood
Conductor: Stockhausen Kreuzspiel
Conductor: Barraque Sequence

: Composer of the Week: Martinu

Martinu's last few years brought works of contrasting grandness and simplicity. Susan Sharpe concludes the week with three unassuming works that distil the understated purity of the composer's style. Ariette; The Primrose; Ariane Repeated from last Friday


Unknown: Susan Sharpe

: No Easy Walk

Repeated from Saturday 6pm

: Through the Night

With Penny Gore.
1.00 Purcell Dido and Aeneas
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, conductor Jeanne Lamon
2.10 Cavalll Magnificat Concerto Palatino
2.30 Prokoflev Suite: Romeo and Juliet
Finnish RSO/JukkaPekka Saraste
3.00 Tango
Latin American dance music by Astor Piazzolla , Astor Rodriguez , Jacob Gades , Juan de Dios Filiberto and Angel Villoldo
4.05 Mozart Violin Sonata in G,
K301 Rekka, Naoko Ichihashi (piano)
4.20 Telemann Bute Quartet in B minor Arion Ensemble
4.40 Mozart Horn Concerto in E flat, K495 James Somerville, CBC Vancouver SO/Mario Bernardi
5.00 Szymanowski Masques Polish National PO/Jan Krenz
5.25 Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht Young Danish CO/Gunnar Tagmize
6.00 Sequence


Conductor: Jeanne Lamon
Music By: Astor Piazzolla
Music By: Astor Rodriguez
Music By: Jacob Gades
Music By: Juan de Dios Filiberto
Music By: Angel Villoldo
Piano: Naoko Ichihashi
Dido/Sorceress: Jennifer Lane (mezzo)
Aeneas: Russell Braun (baritone)
Belinda: Ann Monoyios (soprano)

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