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: On Air

Andrew McGregor with news, weather, travel and music including Brahms Der Abend , Op 64 No 2; Abendlied, Op 92 No 3
The Songmakers' Almanac, Graham Johnson (piano)
6.12 Debussy Prelude a I'Apres-Midi d'un Faune
Cleveland Orchestra, conductor Pierre Boulez
7.03 Beethoven Overture: Egmont Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Herbert von Karajan
7.32 Elgar Chanson de Nuit; Chanson de Matin
Nigel Kennedy (violin), Peter Pettinger (piano)
8.05 Chabrier Espana
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conductor Paul Paray
8.43 Gershwin, orch Grofe Rhapsody in Blue (original version)
Peter Donohoe (piano), London
Sinfonietta, conductor Simon Rattle


Unknown: Andrew McGregor
Unknown: Brahms Der Abend
Piano: Graham Johnson
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Violin: Nigel Kennedy
Piano: Peter Pettinger
Conductor: Paul Paray
Piano: Peter Donohoe
Conductor: Simon Rattle

: Masterworks

Peter Hobday continues his Vaughan Williams symphony cycle.
Tchaikovsky Overture: Hamlet Russian National Orchestra, conductor Mikhaii Pletnev
9.20 Mozart Piano Concerto No 6 in B flat, K238
Alfred Brendel ,
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Neville Marriner
9.41 Trad, arr Britten The Soldier and the Sailor: Bonny at Morn; The Shooting of His Dear
Philip Langridge (tenor), Carlos Bonell (guitar)
9.50 Vaughan Williams Symphony No 9
London Philharmonic, conductor Adrian Boult


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Conductor: Mikhaii Pletnev
Unknown: Alfred Brendel
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Tenor: Philip Langridge
Guitar: Carlos Bonell
Conductor: Adrian Boult

: Artist of the Week

Christa Ludwig
Christa Ludwig talks to
Joan Bakewell about her life since retiring from the concert platform. She also recalls some of her great oratorio and concert repertoire, including Mahler's Song of the Earth.


Unknown: Christa Ludwig
Talks: Christa Ludwig
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

Peggy Reynolds concludes the week focusing on the Orpheus myth.
After losing Eurydice for the second time, Orpheus wandered aimlessly. He offended Dionysus, who set his followers on him, and they tore him limb from limb. The Muses found
Orpheus's lyre and took it to heaven to form a constellation.


Unknown: Peggy Reynolds

: Composer of the Week: Lalo

Edward Blakeman looks at the work of this neglected composer, with contributions from Joel-Marie Fauquet. Marine
Bruno Laplante (baritone), Marc Durand (piano)
Piano Concerto in F minor
Stephen Coombs ,
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Paul Murphy Le Roi d'Ys (excerpts)
Soloists, Radio France Chorus and Philharmonic, conductor Armin Jordan Repeated next Friday 11.30pm


Unknown: Edward Blakeman
Unknown: Joel-Marie Fauquet.
Baritone: Bruno Laplante
Piano: Marc Durand
Unknown: Stephen Coombs
Conductor: Paul Murphy
Conductor: Armin Jordan

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

A programme of tango presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.
Grupo Encuentros of Buenos Aires, conductor Alicia Terzian
Alicia Terzian Argentino Hasta la Muerte (Buenos Aires You're Killing Me)
Enrique Cadicamo Los Mareados Jukka Tiensun Tango Lunar Lucio Demare Malena
Astor Piazzola Verano Porteno (Four Portenas Seasons); Adios Nonino
Marlclo Kagel Tango Aleman
Alicia Terzian Si Yo Tuviera un Corazon
(Buenos Aires You're Killing Me)
Daniel Binelli Preludio and Candombe


Presented By: Nicola Heywood Thomas.
Presented By: Grupo Encuentros
Conductor: Alicia Terzian
Unknown: Jukka Tiensun
Unknown: Lucio Demare Malena
Unknown: Daniel Binelli Preludio

: The BBC Archive

The Music of William Walton
Humphrey Burton introduces a selection of Walton premieres broadcast by the BBC and talks to the composer's widow, Susana Walton. Cello Concerto (1st mvt) Gregor Piatigorsky ,
BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Malcolm Sargent Facade (excerpts)
Mary Thomas and Derek Hammond Stroud (speakers), London Sinfonietta, conducted by the Composer Symphony No 2 (finale)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conductor John Pritchard
3.00 Troilus and Cressida (Act 2)
Covent Garden Opera Orchestra, conductor Malcolm Sargent Producer Vicky Whitaker


Unknown: William Walton
Introduces: Humphrey Burton
Cello: Susana Walton.
Unknown: Gregor Piatigorsky
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Unknown: Mary Thomas
Unknown: Derek Hammond
Conductor: John Pritchard
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Producer: Vicky Whitaker
Troilus: Richard Lewis (tenor)
Cressida: Magda Laszlo (soprano)
Pandarus: Peter Pears (tenor)
Diomede: Otakar Kraus (baritone)

: Music Restored

Repeated from yesterday 10pm

: Music Machine

Mechanical Music
Verity Sharp looks at small-scale instruments, discovers an incredible mechanical violin, and is entertained by some early jukeboxes.


Music: Verity Sharp

: In Tune

In his last year as Musical Director of the Bach Choir, David Willcocks joins Sean Rafferty in the studio to discuss his 35-year relationship with the choir and his childhood memories of being conducted by Edward Elgar. Plus music by Salnt-Saens, and Gershwin's An American in Paris.


Unknown: David Willcocks
Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Conducted By: Edward Elgar.

: Performance on 3

From Belfast's Ulster Hall.
Raphael Oleg (violin), Ulster
Orchestra, conductor Vernon Handley Alcom Mambo for Orchestra (first performance)
Dvorak Serenade in E for Strings
8.25 The Acoustics of Everyday Life Derek Sugden is most famous for designing the acoustics of Snape Maltings, Glyndebourne and Bridgewater Hall, among other well-known concert halls. He was fascinated with sound from a very early age and is now a world authority on acoustics. With his expert ear, he travels underground, into the forest and down to the sea to discover how everyday places work their magic on us.
8.45 Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor


Violin: Raphael Oleg
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Conductor: Alcom Mambo
Unknown: Dvorak Serenade
Unknown: Derek Sugden

: Postscript

Bedtime Stories
A five-part cultural history of sexuality.
5: Androgyny. While an androgynous look has often been revered as an ideal of physical beauty, and gender confusion explored by many through fashion, what is the reality of androgyny for those born neither male nor female?

: Hear and Now

Sarah Walker introduces studio recordings of new orchestral works from the BBC Symphony Orchestra Composers' Forum 1996.
William Mival On the Ringstreet Stephen Roberts Ultima Thule
David Bruce Arabesques
Dario Marianelli The Art of Road
BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Pascal Rophe Producer Philip Tagney


Introduces: Sarah Walker
Unknown: William Mival
Unknown: David Bruce Arabesques
Unknown: Dario Marianelli
Conductor: Pascal Rophe
Producer: Philip Tagney

: Composers of the Week: Les Six

With Roger Nichols. This programme features music written in the late
1930s, including Milhaud's
Scaramouche performed by the composer himself and Poulenc's Organ Concerto, which looks forward to his later religious works - far away from the frivolity of Les Six of the 1920s.
Mllhaud Scaramouche
The Composer and Marcelle Meyer (pianos)
Auric Wind Trio
Pro Arte Wind Quintet
Honegger Le Delphinium (Trois Poemes de Claudel) Brigette Balleys (contralto), Billy Eidi (piano)
Tailleferre Au Pavilion dalsace
Bennett Lerner (piano)
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Gillian Weir , City of London Sinfonia, conductor Richard Hickox
Repeated from last Friday


Unknown: Roger Nichols.
Pianos: Marcelle Meyer
Contralto: Brigette Balleys
Piano: Billy Eidi
Piano: Bennett Lerner
Unknown: Gillian Weir
Conductor: Richard Hickox

: No Easy Walk

Repeated from Saturday 6pm

: Through the Night

With Penny Gore.
1.00 Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, conductor En Shao
1.55 Nielsen Symphony No 6
(Sinfonia Semplice) Trondheim SO, conductor Daniel Harding
2.30 Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat, Op 44
Robert Schumann Ensemble
3.00 Cramer Gluck in Traum
Rachel Ann Morgan (mezzo), Rudolph Jansen (piano)
3.35 Bartok Dance Suite
Hungarian State Orchestra, conductor Janos Ferencsik
4.30 Haydn Symphony No 102 in B flat Danish National Radio SO/ Michael Schonwandt
5.00 Beethoven Overture: Fidelio
Trondheim SO/Daniel Harding
5.20 Franck Violin Sonata in A
Saskia Viersen ,
Nickvan Oosterun (piano)
6.00 Sequence including music by Turina and Dowland, and at 6.10 CPE Bach Sonata in A minor Linda
Nicholson (clavichord) 6.20 Bartok Divertimento for
Strings Ostrobothnian CO/Juha Kangas


Conductor: Daniel Harding
Unknown: Cramer Gluck
Piano: Rudolph Jansen
Conductor: Janos Ferencsik
Unknown: Michael Schonwandt
Unknown: Saskia Viersen
Piano: Nickvan Oosterun
Unknown: Strings Ostrobothnian

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