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: On Air

With Stephanie Hughes , including Mozart Flute Concerto in D, K314 Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Claudio Abbado
6.46 Tchaikovsky Tatyana's Letter Scene (Eugene Onegin)
Inessa Galante (soprano), Royal Opera House Orchestra, conductor Neeme Jarvi
7.03 Vivaldi Overture: Giustino
I Solisti Veneti , conductor Claudio Scimone
7.52 Tavener Magnificat
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, director Stephen Cleobury
8.05 Wagner The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walkure) Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, conductor James Levine
8.45 Milhaud Suite Provençale Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conductor Neeme Jarvi


Unknown: Stephanie Hughes
Flute: Emmanuel Pahud
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Soprano: Inessa Galante
Conductor: Solisti Veneti
Conductor: Claudio Scimone
Director: Stephen Cleobury
Conductor: James Levine
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi

: Masterworks

With Penny Gore .
J C Bach Overture: Carattaco
Hanover Band , conductor Anthony Halstead
9.14 Mozart Symphony No 7 in D, K45 Berlin PO , conductor Karl Bbhm
9.27 Schumann Albumblatter
Louis Lortie (piano)
9.37 Mozart Symphony No 8 in D, K48 Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Neville Marriner
9.51 Janacek Mladi
Members of the Orpheus CO
10.09 Wagner Siegfried Idyll Berlin Philharmonic, conductor James Levine


Unknown: Penny Gore
Unknown: J C Bach
Conductor: Hanover Band
Conductor: Anthony Halstead
Conductor: Berlin Po
Conductor: Karl Bbhm
Piano: Louis Lortie
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Conductor: James Levine

: Artist of the Week

Richard Hickox
Joan Bakewell talks to
Richard Hickox about his approach to authentic performance and studio recordings, and his work with Collegium Musicum 90.


Unknown: Richard Hickox
Talks: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Richard Hickox

: Sound Stories

Brief Candles
With Donald Macleod.
George Gershwin left school at 15 to become the youngest pianist on Tin Pan Alley. At the same time he was working on his own compositions. With one foot in Carnegie Hall and another on Broadway, Gershwin was caught in a dilemma between his success as a songwriter and his ambition to be a serious composer. But the struggle soon became about his health, not his career. Doctors had put his mood down to emotional problems, but the cause, in fact, was a brain tumour.
He fell into a coma in 1937 and died shortly afterwards, aged just 38.


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: George Gershwin

: Composer of the Week: Tippett

William Mival continues his exploration of the music of Michael Tippett with two of his most lyrical works from the 1950s.
Sonata for Four Horns
Michael Thompson Horn Quartet Piano Concerto
John Ogdon , Philharmonia, conductor Colin Davis
Repeated next Thursday 11.30pm


Unknown: William Mival
Unknown: Michael Tippett
Horns: Michael Thompson Horn
Unknown: John Ogdon
Conductor: Colin Davis

: Just Good Friends

Rodney Milnes presents the second of three programmes about same-sex relationships in opera. Love Unspoken, Faith Unbroken
The age of innocence celebrated in the first programme lasted well into the 19th century, although in a somewhat overheated, romantic form.
No one found anything remarkable about the passionate male friendships in Schiller, Tennyson or Verdi, though the convoluted dramaturgy of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers does occasion the odd raised eyebrow. By the end of the century, WS Gilbert was hot on the scent of Oscar Wilde , and the cat was soon out of the bag. The programme includes highlights from operas as diverse as The Force of Destiny and Patience.


Unknown: Rodney Milnes
Unknown: Ws Gilbert
Unknown: Oscar Wilde

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor Vernon Handley , Peter Donohoe (piano) Bax Tintagel
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor
Elgar Symphony No 1 in A flat


Conductor: Vernon Handley
Piano: Peter Donohoe

: Ensemble

Repeated from yesterday 10pm

: Music Machine

Borrowing Music
Verity Sharp takes a look at borrowing music in the jazz world.
She talks to writer and broadcaster
Geoffrey Smith about the widespread practice of quoting other well-known tunes in improvised solos.


Music: Verity Sharp
Unknown: Geoffrey Smith

: In Tune

Humphrey Carpenter talks to violinist Ruggiero Ricci as he celebrates his 80th birthday. There is music by Campion and Canteloube, and a performance of Ravel's Concerto for Piano Left Hand at about 6.30.
Producer Helen Garrison


Violinist: Ruggiero Ricci
Producer: Helen Garrison

: Masterprize Finalists

James Naughtie introduces the second of the six finalists of Masterprize, the international composers' competition.
Victoria BorisovaOllas Wings of the Wind London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Daniel Harding Programme 3 next Tuesday


Introduces: James Naughtie

: Performance on 3

A concert given yesterday in the Barbican Centre, London, continuing the Shostakovich retrospective in which the composer's long-standing friend Mstislav Rostropovich conducts his major orchestral works. London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mstislav Rostropovich
Shostakovich Incidental music: King Lear: Symphony No 7 (Leningrad)


Unknown: Mstislav Rostropovich
Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich

: Postscript

Choice Grenfell
With Maureen Lipman.
4: Featuring In the Train, in which a chatty American chorus girl remembers the kindness of an English actor whose funeral she has just attended; and Tristram, who finds God to the despair of his liberal parents. Two
Christian Scientists, written by Joyce Grenfell and Virginia Graham , is set to music by pianist Denis King.


Unknown: Maureen Lipman.
Written By: Joyce Grenfell
Written By: Virginia Graham
Pianist: Denis King.

: Meslanges

Ensemble Clément Janequin and Ensemble Les Elements perform works from Claude le Jeune 's Livres des Meslanges and Le Printemps.


Unknown: Clément Janequin
Unknown: Claude Le Jeune

: Music Restored

Chris de Souza introduces the first of four concerts given last month at the Royal Academy of Music in London, in which The Musical Offering,
Bach's great contrapuntal present to Frederick the Great, is put in context. This week, harpsichordist Robert Woolley and his colleagues in the Purcell Quartet are joined by harpsichordists Paul Nicholson ,
John Toll and Laurence Cummings in music reflecting Bach's career as a performer.
Bach Three-Part Ricercar (The
Musical Offering); Concerto in D minor for Three Harpsichords,
BWV1063; Concerto in A minor for
Four Harpsichords, BWV1065 Producer Lindsay Kemp
Repeated tomorrow at 4pm


Harpsichordist: Robert Woolley
Harpsichordists: Paul Nicholson
Harpsichordists: John Toll
Harpsichordists: Laurence Cummings
Producer: Lindsay Kemp

: Night Waves

Laura Cumming explores the surrealist world of Rene Magritte as Brussels celebrates the centenary of his birth with a retrospective of his paintings and a season of events. Plus first-night news from the world premiere of an early play by Tennessee Williams, Not about Nightingales, directed by Trevor Nunn.
Producer Abigail Appleton


Unknown: Laura Cumming
Unknown: Rene Magritte
Directed By: Trevor Nunn.
Producer: Abigail Appleton

: Composer of the Week: Schumann

Further excerpts from the marriage diaries of Robert and Clara Schumann.
Overture, Scherzo and Finale
Dresden Staatskapelle, conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch
Novelletten, Op 21: Nos 1, 2 and 5 Claudio Arrau (piano)
Repeated from last Thursday


Unknown: Clara Schumann.
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
Piano: Claudio Arrau

: Jazz Notes

Richard Niles presents and directs the BBC Big Band in a studio session featuring New York-based alto saxophonist Chris Hunter.


Unknown: Richard Niles
Unknown: Chris Hunter.

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Finnish RSO, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste ,
Thomas Zehetmair (violin)
Sibelius Pohjola 's Daughter
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Nielsen Symphony No 4 (Inextinguishable)
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 Counting Time 4.40 Modern Studies
5.00 Gilbert and Sullivan The Hours
Creep (HMS Pinafore)
Tracy Dahl (soprano), Winnipeg SO/ Bramwell Tovey
5.05 Schobert Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 14 No 4 Hiro Kurosaki , Linda Nicholson (fortepiano)
5.20 Faure Nocturne No 7 in E minor, Op 119 Stephane Lemelin
5.25 Gounod Petite Symphonie Ottawa Winds/Michael Goodwin
5.45 Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
Finnish RSO/Jukka-Pekka Saraste


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conducted By: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Violin: Thomas Zehetmair
Violin: Sibelius Pohjola
Soprano: Tracy Dahl
Unknown: Bramwell Tovey
Unknown: Hiro Kurosaki
Unknown: Linda Nicholson
Unknown: Stephane Lemelin

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