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: On Air

With Petroc Trelawny, including a review of last night's opening of Puccini's 11 Trittico at the London
Coliseum. This morning's music begins with Palestrina's setting for Maundy Thursday of the first
Lamentation, sung by Musica Contexta. Leading up to the 7.00 news, pianist Alfred Brendel plays Mozart's
Fantasia in C minor, and after the 8.00 news, Harnoncourt conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Beethoven's Coriolan Overture.


Sung By: Musica Contexta.
Pianist: Alfred Brendel

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Gluck Ballet Music: Orphee et Eurydice CPE Bach CO, conductor Hartmut Haenchen
9.28 Duparc Serenade Florentine The Composer (baritone), Maciej Pikulski (piano)
9.33 Copland Clarinet Concerto Stanley Drucker , New York PO, conductor Leonard Bernstein
9.52 Shostakovich Three Duets
Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman
(violins), Samuel Sanders (piano)
9.59 Honegger Symphony No 4 (Deliciae Basilienses)
French National RO/Charles Munch


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Piano: MacIej Pikulski
Unknown: Stanley Drucker
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Unknown: Itzhak Perlman
Violins: Pinchas Zukerman
Violins: Samuel Sanders

: Artist of the Week: Julian Lloyd Webber

Joan Bakewell talks to Julian Lloyd Webber about why he is critical of a general narrow-mindedness towards contemporary music.


Subject: Julian Lloyd Webber
Interviewer: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

Musical Romances
Significantly, when Hector Berlioz first set eyes on the Irish actress Harriet Smithson , she was busy playing Ophelia. In love with Shakespeare, Berlioz pursued Harriet until she capitulated. Their marriage was miserable, but the music it inspired was touched with genius.
Berlioz Witches Sabbath (Symphonie Fantastique)
Berlin PO, conductor Daniel Barenboim
Romeo and Juliet (Love scene)
Vienna PO, conductor Colin Davis


Unknown: Hector Berlioz
Unknown: Harriet Smithson
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Conductor: Colin Davis

: Composers of the Week: the Scarlattis

"Rome has no shelter for music, which lives here as a beggar," wrote Alessandro Scarlatti in 1705, sending away his talented son Domenico to achieve greatness elsewhere. Geoffrey Baskerville follows the younger Scarlatti on his travels. Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D,
Wanda Landowska (harpsichord) Alessandro Scarlatti Cantata:
Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra Sandrine Piau (soprano), Gerard Lesne
(countertenor), II Seminario Musicale Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D minor, Kk90 Duilio Galfetti
(mandolin), II Giardino Armonico Alessandro Scarlatti Cantata:
Abramo, il Tuo Sembiante
Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini
Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas: in F minor, Kk466; in F minor, Kkl84
Vladimir Horowitz (piano)
Repeated next Thursday 12 midnight


Unknown: Alessandro Scarlatti
Unknown: Geoffrey Baskerville
Unknown: Domenico Scarlatti Sonata
Harpsichord: Wanda Landowska
Harpsichord: Alessandro Scarlatti
Unknown: Cleopatra Sandrine
Soprano: Gerard Lesne
Unknown: Seminario Musicale
Unknown: Domenico Scarlatti Sonata
Unknown: Duilio Galfetti
Unknown: Giardino Armonico
Unknown: Alessandro Scarlatti
Unknown: Domenico Scarlatti
Piano: Vladimir Horowitz

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Penny Gore introduces the first of six concerts of French music, given by the City of London Sinfonia in the Church of St Giles, Cripplegate, in the Barbican, London.
City of London Sinfonia, conductor Mark Forkgen Dusapin Hop
Caplet Conte Fantastique (Masque of the Red Death) Boulez Dérive I
Ravel Introduction and Allegro Repeat


Introduces: Penny Gore
Conductor: Mark Forkgen

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Conductors George Hurst and Vassily Sinaisky , llya Itin (piano) Beethoven Overture: The
Consecration of the House
Sibelius En Saga
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Shchedrin Concerto for Orchestra No
3 (Old Russian Circus Music)
Schumann Symphony No 4 in D minor


Conductors: George Hurst
Conductors: Vassily Sinaisky

: 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 1
Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31 Garrick Ohlsson


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

: Good Opera, Bad Opera

Another guest joins John Sessions to dissect operatic triumphs and disasters, contrasting examples of opera at its best and at its worst.


Unknown: John Sessions

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty celebrates the birthday centenary of legendary singer Paul Robeson. Music includes works by Grieg and Falla and, leading up to 7.00, Beethoven's Leonora Overture No 3.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Singer: Paul Robeson.

: Performance on 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra
A concert given last month in Los Angeles during the BBC Symphony Orchestra's recent tour of the USA.
Conductor Andrew Davis ,
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Strauss Four Last Songs
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique


Conductor: Andrew Davis
Soprano: Felicity Lott

: Postscript

At the Races
Five programmes in which
David Benedictus explores how horses and horse-racing connect with prose and poetry. In the fourth programme, which focuses on the jockey, the contributors include two women jockeys, a trainer and a racing commentator. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.


Unknown: David Benedictus
Reader: Peter O'Sullevan.

: The Finishing Line

The third in a four-part series following on from this week's Postscript programmes.
Pianists Andras Schiff and Leslie
Howard perform galops - quick, lively dances derived from the galloping movement of horses - by Schubert and Uszt.
Final programme tomorrow 9.45pm


Pianists: Andras Schiff

: Music Restored

Lucie Skeaping introduces a studio session by flautist Jed Wentz and fortepianist Carole Cerasi , who play sonatas by JC Bach, CPE Bach and Friedrich Hartmann Graf and a set of piano variations written by the ten-year-old Mozart.
Producer Lindsay Kemp


Introduces: Lucie Skeaping
Unknown: Jed Wentz
Unknown: Carole Cerasi
Unknown: Friedrich Hartmann Graf
Producer: Lindsay Kemp

: Night Waves

From her early reflective lyrics of the pre-revolutionary years to her great Requiem for the victims of Stalin, the verse of Anna Ahkmatova seemed to speak from the soul of Russia. Paul Allen discusses her work and its influence as a new edition of her complete poems is published, including some never before translated into English. Producer Julian May


Unknown: Anna Ahkmatova

: Jazz Notes

Digby Fairweather and Campbell
Burnap review some new swing CDs.


Unknown: Digby Fairweather

: 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 from last Thursday


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

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Alessandro Scarlatti Passio
Secundum loannem
Basle Madrigalists,
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis , director Rene Jacobs (alto)
2.00 Brahms Chorale Preludes, Op 122
Olli Porthan (organ)
2.30 Schubert Winterreise, D911 Stephen Genz (baritone), Rudolf Jansen (piano)
3.40 Wolf String Quartet in D minor Ljubljanski Godalni Quartet
4.30 Vivaldi Flute Concerto in D, RV90
Michael Schneider , Camerata Koln
4.40 Szymanowski Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin
Dorota Radomska (soprano), Polish National Philharmonic, conductor Jan Krenz
5.00 Beethoven Overture: Fidelio
Octophoros, conductor Paul Dombrecht
5.30 Brahms Two Motets: Warum ist das Licht Gegeben ; 0 Heiland, Reiss die Himmel Auf
Danish National Radio Choir, conductor Stefan Parkman


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Alessandro Scarlatti Passio
Unknown: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Director: Rene Jacobs
Unknown: Olli Porthan
Baritone: Stephen Genz
Piano: Rudolf Jansen
Unknown: Ljubljanski Godalni
Unknown: Michael Schneider
Soprano: Dorota Radomska
Conductor: Jan Krenz
Conductor: Paul Dombrecht
Unknown: Licht Gegeben
Conductor: Stefan Parkman

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