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: On Air

The scandal of Mafia involvement in the running of Palermo's opera house was enough to close it down 20 years ago. This coming weekend, the theatre re-opens with a guest appearance from Luciano Pavarotti - and Petroc Trelawny looks ahead to the big event.
Music includes at 6.05 Debussy's Printemps played by the Cleveland Orchestra, conductor Pierre Boulez ; after the 7.00 news, Mozart's
Ridente la Calma, K152, sung by Kathleen Battle and after the 8.00 news, Vaughan Williams 's Fantasia on Greensteeves.


Unknown: Luciano Pavarotti
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Sung By: Kathleen Battle
Unknown: Vaughan Williams

: Masterworks

Peter Hobday. Berlioz Overture: Benvenuto Cellini
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, conductor Charles Munch
9.11 Duparc Phidyle
Jose Van Dam (baritone), Maciej Pikulski (piano)
9.18 d'lndy Symphony on a French Mountain Song
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano),
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit
9.46 Widor Toccata (Organ
Symphony No 5) Marie-Claire Alain
9.52 Honegger Symphony No 3 (Liturgique) Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Herbert von Karajan


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Charles Munch
Conductor: Duparc Phidyle
Baritone: Jose van Dam
Piano: MacIej Pikulski
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Unknown: Marie-Claire Alain

: Artist of the Week

Julian Lloyd Webber
Julian Lloyd Webber is one of a famously musical family. Today he talks to Joan Bakewell about his musical inheritance.


Unknown: Julian Lloyd Webber
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

Musical Romances
"Suddenly there appeared the most extraordinary person I had ever seen: extremely thin, with large sea-green eyes flashing with sudden brilliance." He was the composer Franz Liszt , she was the Countess Marie d'Agoult. Their relationship produced three children and some of Liszt's finest music. Including excerpts from: Uszt Au Lac de Wallenstadt (Annees de Pelerinage)
Leslie Howard (piano) Three Songs
Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)


Unknown: Franz Liszt
Piano: Leslie Howard
Soprano: Kiri Te Kanawa
Piano: Roger Vignoles

: Composers of the Week: the Scarlattis

Geoffrey Baskerville introduces music by father and son Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti. The
Scarlatti cult that swept through England in the 1740s thanks to
Domenico's flamboyant harpsichord sonatas had its most eloquent fan in the city of Newcastle. Charles Avison reworked the sonatas into orchestral concertos, and these even warrant a mention in Sterne's
Tristram Shandy.
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D,
Ton Koopman (harpsichord)
Avison Concerto Grosso No 6 in D
Brandenburg Consort , director Roy Goodman (violin)
Alessandro Scarlatti Lamentazioni per la Settimana Santa (excerpt) Christina Miatello (soprano), Aurora Ensemble
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in A minor, Kkl75
Rafael Puyana (harpsichord)
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in C, Kk513 Andras Schiff (piano)
Repeated next Tuesday 12 midnight


Introduces: Geoffrey Baskerville
Introduces: Domenico Scarlatti.
Unknown: Tristram Shandy.
Unknown: Domenico Scarlatti Sonata
Unknown: Brandenburg Consort
Violin: Roy Goodman
Violin: Alessandro Scarlatti Lamentazioni
Soprano: Christina Miatello
Harpsichord: Rafael Puyana
Harpsichord: Domenico Scarlatti Sonata
Piano: Andras Schiff

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Introduced by Rodney Slatford. Gould Trio
Haydn Piano Trio in A, H XV 18
Brahms Piano Trio No 2 in C, Op 87 Repeat


Introduced By: Rodney Slatford.

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductors Carlo Rizzi and Andrew Davis
, Michie Koyama (piano)
Schumann Symphony No 3 in E flat (Rhenish)
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3
Vaughan Williams Symphony No 2 (London)


Conductors: Carlo Rizzi
Conductors: Andrew Davis
Piano: Michie Koyama

: Choral Vespers

From Westminster Cathedral.
Introit: Verba Mea Auribus
Percipe (Schiitz)
Office Hymn: Vexilla Regis Prodeunt (plainsong)
Psalms 61 and 66 (plainsong)
New Testament Canticle: Colossians
1, W12-20 (in Falsobordone)
Reading: Ephesians 4, wl7, 20-24, 30-32; 5, wl-2
Responsory: Adoramus Te, Christe (Monteverdi)
Homily by the Rev Mgr George Stack Magnificat Quarti Toni a 6 (Palestrina) Motet: Hei Mihi, Domine (Guerrero) Master of the music James O'Donnell
. Organist Andrew Reid.


Unknown: Mgr George Stack
Unknown: Magnificat Quarti Toni
Organist: James O'Donnell
Organist: Andrew Reid.

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty continues this week's focus on Easter music of different faiths. Music includes works by Beethoven and at 6.45 Copland's
El Salon Mexico. Plus a selection of new CDs at 7.00.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty

: Performance on 3

Chris de Souza introduces tonight's concert which opens with Haydn's last symphony, which was described as surpassing all his other compositions by the Morning
Chronicle the day after its premiere. Frederica von Stade (mezzo), Philharmonia, conductor Leonard Slatkin
Haydn Symphony No 104 in D (London) Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne (excerpts)
Mahler Symphony No 4


Introduces: Chris de Souza
Unknown: Frederica von Stade
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

: Postscript

At the Races
Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse-racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions aroused by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and trainers connect with prose and poetry.
In the third programme, they focus on the trainer - an often mysterious figure who is at the heart of man's relationship with the horse. One of the guests is Kim Bailey , the leading National Hunt trainer. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.


Unknown: Kim Bailey
Reader: Peter O'Sullevan.

: The Finishing Line

The second in a four-part series following on from this week's
Postscript programmes. When Haydn visited London in 1792, he discovered horse racing at Ascot and the folk songs of the British Isles. With music performed by the Scottish Early Music Consort. Next programme tomorrow 9.45pm

: The Piano

A weekly series in which pianist Piers Lane gives an introduction to the world of the piano and its players, presenting classic recordings by eminent artists and recordings specially made for the programme. Today he joins American pianist Garrick Ohlsson for a look at the music of Chopin, one of the greatest composer-pianists.
Ballade No 2 in F, Op 58 Garrick Ohlsson
Nocturne in F, Op 15 No 1 Anton Rubinstein
Rondo a la Mazur in F, Op 5 Frederic Chiu
Mazurka in B, Op 56 No I
Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31 Garrick Ohlsson
Producer Chris Wines
Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Pianist: Piers Lane
Pianist: Garrick Ohlsson
Unknown: Garrick Ohlsson
Unknown: Anton Rubinstein
Unknown: Frederic Chiu

: Night Waves

Tonight there are reports on two musical premieres. Invention on Solitude, a new commission by Mark-Anthony Turnage , is given its first performance tonight by the Nash
Ensemble. And Neil Bartlett creates a new setting for Britten's Seven
Sonnets of Michelangelo. The poems, addressed by Michelangelo to his beloved, are interpreted by Bartlett with a grand piano, a singer and a silent chorus of 15 men. Producer Abigail Appleton


Unknown: Anthony Turnage
Unknown: Neil Bartlett
Producer: Abigail Appleton

: Jazz Notes

Part 2 of the concert by Chris Barber 's Jazz and Blues Band at Wakefield's
Theatre Royal and Opera House.


Unknown: Chris Barber

: Composer of the Week: James MacMillan

As Easter approaches,
James MacMillan talks to Brian Morton about three very different works intimately tied to the events of Holy Week. The programme includes the first part of MacMillan's epic Triptych. They Saw That the Stone Had Been Rolled Away
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Brass
14 Little Pictures Nash Ensemble
The World's Ransoming
Christine Pendrill (cor anglais), BBC
Scottish SO, conductor Osmo Vanska Repeated from last Wednesday


Talks: James MacMillan
Unknown: Brian Morton
Unknown: Christine Pendrill

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 London Baroque perform music by Mozart based on works by JC Bach, plus sonatas by Leopold Mozart
2.30 Brahms Symphony No 4 in E minor Brabant Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ed Spanjaard
3.20 Mozart String Quartet in D, K575 Atheanaeum Enesco Quartet
5.00 JC Bach Trio in C
Musica Petropolitana
5.20 Reger Mein Odem ist Schwach Danish National Radio Choir, conductor Stefan Parkman


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Leopold Mozart
Conductor: Ed Spanjaard
Unknown: Musica Petropolitana
Unknown: Reger Mein Odem
Conductor: Stefan Parkman

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