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: On Air

Andrew McGregor with news, weather and travel, plus music including
Tchaikovsky The Nutracker (Act 1, scenes 6-9)
Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas
6.26 Gesualdo Ave,
Dulcissima Maria
Tallis Scholars , director Peter Phillips
7.03 Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Themes Berlin Soloists
7.32 Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin (Waltz)
Armenian Philharmonic , conductor Loris Tjeknavorian
8.05 Johann Strauss (son) Waltz: Artist's Life
New York Philharmonic, conductor Leonard Bernstein
8.45 Liszt Hungarian Fantasy Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano),
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit


Unknown: Andrew McGregor
Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Unknown: Dulcissima Maria
Unknown: Tallis Scholars
Director: Peter Phillips
Soloists: Hebrew Themes Berlin
Soloists: Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Conductor: Armenian Philharmonic
Conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian
Conductor: Johann Strauss
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Charles Dutoit

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No 1 London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Antal Dorati
9.13 Mozart, arr Grieg Fantasia in C minor, K475
Elisabeth Leonskaya and Sviatoslav Richter (pianos)
9.28 Gluck Che Puro Ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), English Concert, director Trevor Pinnock
9.35 Bach Partita No 1 in B minor,
Sigiswald Kuijken (violin)
10.00 Haydn Symphony No 52 in G minor
La Petite Bande, conductor Sigiswald Kuijken


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Unknown: Grieg Fantasia
Unknown: Elisabeth Leonskaya
Pianos: Sviatoslav Richter
Director: Trevor Pinnock

: Artist of the Week

James Bowman
"Singers are a very vain race ..." James Bowman talks to Joan Bakewell about the history of the countertenor and discusses his ideas about performing Handel.


Singers: James Bowman
Talks: James Bowman
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

With Richard Baker.
Maria Curcio was one of the few teenage pianists to become a pupil of Artur Schnabel , forging a link in a chain of teachers stretching back through Liszt to Beethoven. She paid a high price for her devotion to protecting Jewish friends in Amsterdam during the Second World War - her health broke down and her playing career was curtailed. But she continues to pass on her musical wisdom to performers of the current generation.


Unknown: Richard Baker.
Unknown: Maria Curcio
Unknown: Artur Schnabel

: Composer of the Week: Shostakovich

The Early Years
In this week's programmes, Gerard McBurney travels to St Petersburg where Dmitri Shostakovich spent his early years.
2: Thumbing His Nose
The Bedbug (excerpts)
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gennadi
Songs to Japanese Texts (excerpts) llya Levinsky (tenor),
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Neeme Jarvi
Film music: Alone (excerpts)
German Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mikhail Jurovsky The Nose (excerpts)
Soloists, Moscow Musical Theatre
Chamber Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Tahiti Trot
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conductor Riccardo Chailly Repeated next Tuesday 11.30pm


Unknown: Gerard McBurney
Unknown: Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Mikhail Jurovsky
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

: The Radio 3

Lunchtime Concert
BBC Proms Chamber Music 97
Another chance to hear eight lunchtime chamber music concerts given at the Victoria and Albert Museum during last summer's BBC Proms. In the second, Arvo Part meets
Percy Grainger as the vocal ensemble Polyphony and conductor
Stephen Layton explore the sacred and secular worlds of love and devotion in a sequence of antiphons interspersed with folk song arrangements. Introduced by Susan Sharpe.
Anon Magnificat (Tonus Peregrinus) Part Seven Advent Antiphons Grainger Folk Song Settings Repeat


Unknown: Albert Museum
Unknown: Percy Grainger
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Introduced By: Susan Sharpe.

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Conductors Yan Pascal Tortelier and Vassily Sinaisky ,
Christian Blackshaw (piano) Stravinsky Symphony in C
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 in G
Schubert Symphony No 9 in C (Great)


Unknown: Vassily Sinaisky
Piano: Christian Blackshaw
Piano: Stravinsky Symphony

: Voices

Romantic Scots
Linda Ormiston introduces a second selection of Scottish romantic songs, performed by Lisa Milne (soprano) and Jamie MacDougall (tenor), accompanied by Roger Vignoles (piano).
Repeated from yesterday 10pm


Introduces: Linda Ormiston
Soprano: Lisa Milne
Soprano: Jamie MacDougall
Piano: Roger Vignoles

: Music Machine

Invitation to the Dance
Tommy Pearson 's exploration of history's favourite dances continues with the jig.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti is Sean Rafferty 's guest today.
Plus music by Belgian organist and composer Flor Peeters , Argentinian Astor Plazzolla and Mozart.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Flor Peeters

: Performance on 3

America at the Piano
I Sandy Burnet introduces the I first of three concerts of American music from the University Great Hall, Exeter. Rolf Hind (piano)
Ives Some Southpaw Pitching Torke Laetus
Joplin Waltz: Bethena; Solace Copland Variations
8.15 Hindsight
Sandy Burnett talks to Rolf Hind about his musical career and international reputation as a leading force in contemporary music.
8.35 Copland Four Blues Carter 90+
Adams Phrygian Gates
Next concert Saturday 7.30pm


Introduces: Sandy Burnet
Piano: Rolf Hind
Unknown: Torke Laetus
Talks: Sandy Burnett
Unknown: Rolf Hind

: Postscript

Taking the Waters
Five programmes this week in which Kathleen Griffin visits
European spas.
2: Karlovy Vary - the Aristocratic Spa


Unknown: Kathleen Griffin

: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Last year, the much-awaited first performance of Elgar's third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne with the blessing of the Elgar Foundation, was given before a small audience at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. This is the first broadcast of that memorable occasion.
Conductor Andrew Davis
Elgar, compl Payne Symphony No 3 in C minor


Unknown: Anthony Payne
Conductor: Andrew Davis

: Night Waves

Scientists, body-snatchers and eccentrics meet in Shelagh Stevenson 's new comedy of science and morality. Richard Coles reports on tonight's premiere in Manchester and explores the life and work of Joseph Wright of Derby, whose iconic painting An Experiment with an Air-Pump inspired Stevenson's play.
Bill Buford of the New Yorker provides his weekly cultural comment from
America, and Welsh National Opera's first new production of Britten's Billy Budd for 18 years is reviewed. Producer Julian May


Unknown: Shelagh Stevenson
Unknown: Richard Coles
Unknown: Joseph Wright
Unknown: Bill Buford
Unknown: Billy Budd

: Composer of the Week: Chopin

Scherzo No 1 in B minor, Op 20 Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op 26
No 1; Mazurka in B flat minor, Op 24 No 4; Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op 13 Artur Rubinstein (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Eugene Ormandy
Ballade No 2 in F, Op 38 Krystian Zimerman (piano) Repeated from last Tuesday


Piano: Sviatoslav Richter
Piano: Artur Rubinstein
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy

: Jazz Notes

Digby Fairweather presents the second part of the concert given by the Alan Elsdon All-Star Jazz Band.


Unknown: Digby Fairweather
Unknown: Alan Elsdon

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Musica Alta Ripa JG Goldberg Sonata in C minor JG Muethel
Polonaise in G; Concert in D minor
1.40 La Capella Ducale and Musica Fiata Kaspar Foerster Vanitas
Vanitatem Johann Valentin Meder
Wie Murren Denn die Leut Kaspar Foerster Viri Israelite
2.20 Ludger Lohmann (organ) Buxtehude, Franz Tunder ,
Paul Seifert and JG Muethel
3.00 Schubert Piano Trio in B flat,
D898 Wozzeck Trio
4.00 Bruckner Symphony No 6 in A Slovenian RTVSO/Samo Hubad
5.25 Tchaikovsky Serenade in D minor for Strings Danish Radio
Concert Orchestra/Hannu Koivula


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Musica Alta Ripa
Unknown: Wie Murren Denn
Unknown: Leut Kaspar
Unknown: Ludger Lohmann
Unknown: Franz Tunder
Unknown: Paul Seifert
Unknown: Tchaikovsky Serenade

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