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: On Air

With Andrew McGregor , including
Beethoven Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 2 No 1
Murray Perahia
6.23 Faure Suite: Pelleas et Melisande
New Philharmonia, conductor Andrew Davis
7.04 Bach, arr King Trio Sonata in G, BWV530
The King's Consort, director Robert King
7.32 Comysh Magnificat Cardinall's Musick, director Andrew Carwood
8.05 Arnold Three Shanties for Wind
Quintet Members of the English Chamber Orchestra
8.45 Bantock The Witch of Atlas
Royal Philharmonic, conductor Vernon Handley Editor Andrew Lyle


Unknown: Andrew McGregor
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Director: Robert King
Director: Comysh Magnificat
Director: Andrew Carwood
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Editor: Andrew Lyle

: Masterworks

Peter Hobday begins a series of Vaughan Williams symphonies.
Mendelssohn Overture: The Hebrides
(Hngal's Cave)
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit
9.11 Grieg Elegiac Melodies, Op 34 Halle Orchestra/John Barbirolli
9.20 Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony (Symphony No 1)
> Sheila Armstrong (soprano),
John Carol Case (baritone), London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conductor Adrian Boult
Producer Tony Cheeves


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Soprano: Sheila Armstrong
Baritone: John Carol Case
Conductor: Adrian Boult
Producer: Tony Cheeves

: Artist of the Week

Jack Brymer
In the week of his 83rd birthday, clarinettist Jack Brymer talks to Joan Bakewell about his transition from schoolmaster to professional musician under the guidance of legendary conductor Thomas Beecham. The music includes
Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. Producer Gwawr Owen


Unknown: Jack Brymer
Clarinettist: Jack Brymer
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
Producer: Gwawr Owen

: Sound Stories

Beethoven is the only composer to have his name inscribed above the stage of Boston Symphony Hall. It might seem strange today, but at the turn of the century, Bostonian concert-goers could not think of any other musician whose popularity would remain unchanged. The new hall was built specially to house the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Richard Baker discovers that, contrary to early expectations, a great variety of music has filled Symphony Hall in this century from Europe, America and beyond.
Editor Andrew Lyle


Unknown: Richard Baker
Editor: Andrew Lyle

: Composers of the Week: LesSix

Les Six were a group of French composers who emerged during the 1920s in Paris. Members such as Poulenc, Milhaud and Honegger gained a reputation away from the group, but others, like Auric, Durey and Tailleferre are all but forgotten. Roger Nichols surveys the music of all six composers over 20 years, which typifies the carefree and heady atmosphere of Parisian life in the first half of this century. Durey Neige
Philippe Corre and Edouard Exerjean (pianos)
Honegger Trio in F minor Dong-Suk Kang (violin),
Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Pascal Devoyon (piano)
Tailleferre Premières Prouesses
Philippe Corre and Edouard Exerjean (pianos)
Milhaud Poemes Juifs Nos 1, 5 and 6 Jane Bathori (mezzo), the Composer (piano) Auric Adieu New York
Marcelo Bratke (piano)
Poulenc Trois Mouvements
The Composer (piano)
Durey Le Bestiaire (excerpts) Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano) Poulenc Rapsodie Negre
Francois Le Roux (baritone), Pascal Roge (piano),
French National Orchestra Soloists, conductor Charles Dutoit
Producer Jessica Isaacs
Repeated next Monday 11.30pm


Unknown: Roger Nichols
Unknown: Durey Neige
Unknown: Philippe Corre
Cello: Raphael Wallfisch
Piano: Pascal Devoyon
Unknown: Philippe Corre
Unknown: Jane Bathori
Piano: Marcelo Bratke
Baritone: Stephen Varcoe
Piano: Graham Johnson
Piano: Poulenc Rapsodie Negre
Baritone: Francois Le Roux
Piano: Pascal Roge
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Producer: Jessica Isaacs

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

From St John's, Smith Square, London.
Brentano Quartet
Haydn String Quartet in B flat, Op 71 No
Mendelssohn String Quartet in E minor, Op 44 No 2 Repeated Saturday lpm

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Conductors George Hurst and Yan Pascal Tortelier
Alexander Mazdar (piano) Ralph Kirshbaum (cello)
Schubert Overture: Rosamunde
Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 in C, K467
Walton Cello Concerto
Walton Symphony No 1


Conductors: George Hurst
Conductors: Yan Pascal Tortelier
Piano: Alexander Mazdar
Cello: Ralph Kirshbaum

: Music Matters

Repeated from yesterday 12.15pm

: Music Machine

Harpsichords and Virginals
The harpsichord may not be an obvious choice of jazz instrument, yet way back in 16th-century France, composers were already beginning to swing the beat. Harpsichordist Sophie Yates sets the scene for a week of programmes in which Tommy Pearson and the harpsichord get acquainted. Producer Verity Sharp


Harpsichordist: Sophie Yates
Unknown: Tommy Pearson
Producer: Verity Sharp

: In Tune

This week's featured singer is tenor Jussi Bjorling. Sean Rafferty looks ahead to tonight's broadcast of John Adams 's opera Nixon in China. Other music includes works by Tallis and Stanford and at 7.00 new releases.
Producer Helen Garrison


Tenor: Jussi Bjorling.
Tenor: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: John Adams
Producer: Helen Garrison

: Performance on 3

Nixon In China
Last night's concert performance at the Barbican Hall of John Adams 's opera about the American
President's historic meetings with Mao Tse-tung in Beijing in February 1972.
Libretto by Alice Goodman.
London Voices, London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Kent Nagano
Brian Kay 's Opera of the Week: p40


Unknown: John Adams
Unknown: Mao Tse-Tung
Unknown: Alice Goodman.
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Conductor: Brian Kay
Chou En-lai: David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
Richard Nixon: Dietrich Henschel (baritone)
Henry Kissinger: Stephen Richardson (baritone)
Mao Tse-tung: Carl Tanner (tenor)
Pat Nixon: Gwynne Geyer (soprano)
Chiang Ch'ing: Judith Howarth (soprano)

: Postscript

Chapters of Madness
Every day this week, Cambridge lecturer and psychoanalyst
Juliet Mitchell journeys into the minds of some of literatuue's best known fictional characters.
Psychoanalyst Margot Waddell and writer Jenny Diski discuss Jane Eyre , the most famous orphan of 19th-century literature. Producer Lara Comer


Unknown: Juliet Mitchell
Unknown: Margot Waddell
Unknown: Jenny Diski
Unknown: Jane Eyre

: A New England Psalm-singer

Music by American composer William Billings (1746-1800).


Unknown: William Billings

: Mixing It

With Mark Russell and Robert Sandall. Producer Philip Tagney
MUSIC DETAILS: see BBC1 Ceefax page 652


Unknown: Mark Russell
Unknown: Robert Sandall.
Producer: Philip Tagney

: Composers of the Week: Mozart and the English Mozarts

1: What Oft Was Thought, but Ne'er So Well Exprest. Roderick Swanston considers how much the so-called
English Mozarts were indebted to their great Austrian contemporary.
Mozart Symphony No 1 in E flat, K16 English Concert, director Trevor Pinnock
Thomas Unley Violin Concerto in F Elizabeth Wallfisch ,
Parley of Instruments, director Peter Holman
Samuel Wesley Symphony No 3 in A Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, conductor Hilary Davan Wetton Repeated from last Monday


Unknown: Roderick Swanston
Director: Trevor Pinnock
Violin: Thomas Unley
Unknown: Elizabeth Wallfisch
Director: Peter Holman
Director: Samuel Wesley
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

: Jazz Notes

Digby Fairweather introduces the first of two sets from Claire Martin and her band recorded last year in > London's 606 club. Producer Terry Carter


Introduces: Digby Fairweather
Unknown: Claire Martin
Producer: Terry Carter

: Through the Night

With Penny Gore. ;
1.00 Viktor Tratjakov (violin), Natalia j Gutman (cello), Eliso Virsaladze ; (piano) Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No 2 in D, Op 58 Shostakovich Piano Trio, Op 67
2.00 Sibelius Masonic Ritual Music
Rnnish RSO/Jukka-Pekka Saraste
2.35 Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije Irish NSO/Albert Rosen
3.00 Schools
3.00 Music Box 3.15 Something to Think About 3.30 Song Tree 3.45 Radio Showcase 3.50 Stories and Rhymes 4.00 Together Stories 4.15 Music for Dance 4.30 Hopscotch
4.45 Scottish Resources 7-9: Time for Drama
5.00 Sequence Including music by Musorgsky and Bax, plus: Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande
Polonaise Brillante Nikolai Demidenko
(piano) 5.20 Szervansky Clarinet Serenade Bela Kovacs. Hungarian Radio Orchestra/Adam Medveczky


Violin: Viktor Tratjakov
Cello: Eliso Virsaladze

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