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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny with music to start the day and regular news and views from the arts world, including a review of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Young Vic. Music includes the flower duet from Delibes's Lakme at
6.05; Delius's On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andrew Davis , at 7.05; and violinists Andrew Manze and Rachel
Podger playing Bach's Double
Violin Concerto in D minor after the news at 8.00.


Conductor: Andrew Davis
Violinists: Andrew Manze

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Kabalevsky Spring, Op 65
Moscow Symphony Orchestra, conductor Igor Golovschin
9.09 Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux , Op 39
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
9.45 Mozart Catalogue Aria (Don Giovanni )
Fyodor Chaliapin (bass), with orchestra
9.51 Faure Violin Concerto
Rodolfo Bonucci , Mexico State Philharmonic, conductor Enrique Batiz
10.08 Roussel Suite No 2 (Bacchus and Ariadne)
French National Orchestra, conductor Charles Munch


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Igor Golovschin
Conductor: Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux
Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Unknown: Don Giovanni
Bass: Fyodor Chaliapin
Unknown: Rodolfo Bonucci
Conductor: Enrique Batiz
Conductor: Charles Munch

: Artist of the Week

Elly Ameling
Elly Ameling tells Joan Bakewell why a career in opera was not for her and how she decided on a life on the concert stage instead.
Music includes Mozart's Come
Scoglio, arias by Gluck and Paisiello and Hear Ye, Israel from
Mendelssohn's Elijah.


Unknown: Elly Ameling
Unknown: Elly Ameling
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

The Nibelung. Wagner's great music drama The Ring is derived from the medieval epic the Nibelungenlied and its greatest hero is Siegfried, who comes into conflict with the forces of good and evil and ends up the loser. Including excerpts from:
Wagner Gotterdammerung
Soloists, Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra, conductor Georg Solti Faure/Messager Souvenirs de
Bayreuth Kathryn Stott and Martin Roscoe (piano duet) Wagner Die Walkure
Cyprien Katsaris (piano)


Conductor: Georg Solti
Conductor: Martin Roscoe
Piano: Cyprien Katsaris

: Composer of the Week:James MacMillan

Two works for strings intimately connected to the last sufferings and the crucifixion of Christ.
James MacMillan talks to Brian
Morton about the works and their inspiration. Kiss on Wood
Maria Bachmann (violin), Jon Klibonoff (piano) Cello Concerto
Raphael Wallfisch ,
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Osmo Vanska
Repeated next Thursday 12 midnight


Talks: James MacMillan
Violin: Maria Bachmann
Piano: Jon Klibonoff
Unknown: Raphael Wallfisch

: Exits and Entrances

The last of three programmes in which Gordon Stewart follows the comings and goings of opera characters as singers move on and off the stage. The Final Exit
Old age and misspent youth exact their revenge. War and revolution take their toll. Rre and brimstone claim Don Giovanni. Fire engulfs the Old Believers and the Old Norse
Gods. And water plays its part in purifying the lives of young lovers and a simple soldier. It is curtains for characters in operas by Purcell, Puccini, Berg, Britten, Mozart, Meyerbeer and Musorgsky.


Unknown: Gordon Stewart
Unknown: Don Giovanni.

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Conductors Tadaaki Otaka and Vassily Sinaisky , Mikhail Rudy (piano), Robert Cohen (cello) Tchaikovsky Voyevoda
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme; Symphony No 6 in B minor (Pathetique)


Conductors: Tadaaki Otaka
Conductors: Vassily Sinaisky
Piano: Mikhail Rudy
Piano: Robert Cohen

: Ensemble

In the final programme in the series, Penny Gore introduces a recital by the Maggini Quartet.
Schubert, compl Newbould String
Quartet Movement in C minor, D103 (first broadcast)
Mendelssohn String Quartet in E flat, Op 44 No 3
Producer Nigel Wilkinson


Producer: Nigel Wilkinson

: Music Machine

Jazz Improvisation
Each day this week, Verity Sharp talks to jazz musicians about what is going on in their heads while their fingers or voices are weaving their intricate patterns around the original tune - in this case, Billy Joel 's Just the Way You Are. Today, Verity Sharp talks to Tina May.


Talks: Verity Sharp
Unknown: Billy Joel
Talks: Verity Sharp

: In Tune

Exciting young British composer
Mark-Anthony Turnage is enjoying a high profile at the moment. With a major festival and national tour of his work about to start, he talks to
Sean Rafferty about his jazz-inspired music. Faure, Bach and Villa-Lobos also feature, and leading up to 7.00 Hoist's Oriental suite Beni Mora.


Unknown: Mark-Anthony Turnage
Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Beni Mora.

: Performance on 3

Handel's oratorio Samson was very well received at its first performance in 1743 and has remained one of his most popular oratorios.
Newburgh Hamilton's adaptation of John Milton concentrates on the final events of Samson's life and his journey to fulfilment as an instrument of divine will.
The Sixteen,
Symphony of Harmony and Invention, conductor Harry Christophers


Unknown: John Milton
Conductor: Harry Christophers
Samson: Thomas Randall (tenor)
Dalila: Lynda Russell (soprano)
Micah CATHERINE: Wyn-Rogers (mezzo)
Manoa: Michael George (bass-Baritone)
Harapha: Jonathan Best (bass)
Messenger: Matthew Vine (tenor)

: Postscript

Writing between the Bar Unes
The last of four programmes in which Philip Dodd talks to leading novelists to find out why words and music have become so interwoven.
Rockin' and Rollin'
Novelists Hanif Kureishi , Nik Cohn ,
Gordon Burn and Jeff Noon describe how the world of pop and pop music has become common currency.


Talks: Philip Dodd
Unknown: Hanif Kureishi
Unknown: Nik Cohn
Unknown: Jeff Noon

: Night Waves

Patrick Wright explores The Palace of Projects as the celebrated Soviet artists llya and Emilia Kabakov turn their hands to transforming
London's Roundhouse into an exhibition of visionary futures. llya Kabakov, once part of the Moscow artistic underground, talks of the dreams of the 20th century and the death of painting.
And the visionary futures of British architecture are debated as London hosts a major international symposium on architecture and the millennium. Will technological progress or environmental sensitivity be the decisive influence on the shape of intelligent buildings in the next century?
Producer Rob Ketteridge


Unknown: Patrick Wright
Unknown: Emilia Kabakov
Producer: Rob Ketteridge

: Composers of theWeek: Louis and FrancoisCouperin

Uncle and nephew, Louis and Francois Couperin were the two most famous members of a musical dynasty that can be traced back to the 16th century and lived on into the late 19th. Paul Guinery looks at their world.
4: Shades of Darkness
Ever since the early Renaissance, composers have been drawn to the Lamentations of Jeremiah - the Old
Testament verses mourning the destruction of Jerusalem.
Paul Guinery introduces Frangois Couperin 's celebrated setting of these words - his three Lecons de Tenebres - performed by Gerard Lesne and Steve Dugardin (high tenors) and II Seminario Musicale. The lessons are interspersed with plainchant sung by baritone Josep Cabre.
Repeated from last Thursday


Unknown: Francois Couperin
Unknown: Paul Guinery
Introduces: Paul Guinery
Unknown: Frangois Couperin
Unknown: Gerard Lesne
Unknown: Steve Dugardin
Unknown: Seminario Musicale.
Baritone: Josep Cabre.

: Jazz Notes

Digby Fairweather presents the last part of a concert celebrating the jazz trumpet.


Unknown: Digby Fairweather

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Shallon
Liszt Les Preludes ; Hungarian
Fantasy Saint-Saens Symphony No 3 in C minor (Organ)
2.10 Chopin Four Ballades Valerie Tryon (piano)
3.00 Tchaikovsky The Seasons Juhani Lagerspetz (piano)
4.05 Cavalli Magnificat Concerto Palatino
4.25 Prokofiev Suite: Romeo and Juliet
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste
5.05 Ravel La Valse
Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jean Fournet
5.30 Weber Variations on a Theme from "Silvana", Op 33
Aladar Janoska (clarinet), Silvia Capova (piano)


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conducted By: David Shallon
Conducted By: Liszt Les Preludes
Piano: Valerie Tryon
Conducted By: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Conducted By: Jean Fournet
Clarinet: Aladar Janoska
Piano: Silvia Capova

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