Petroc Trelawny with music and arts news, including a review of Michael Frayn 's new play Copenhagen, which opened at the Cottesloe Theatre in London last night. Music includes Debussy's Chansons de Charles d'Orleans sung by the Monteverdi
Choir, conductor John Eliot Gardiner , at 6.50; Elgar's Introduction and Allegro after the arts news at 7.30; and Leoncavallo's Vesti la Giubba from I Pagliacci sung by Luciano Pavarotti at 8.05.
With Peter Hobday.
Glazunov Autumn (The Seasons) Minnesota Orchestra, conductor Edo de Waart
9.14 Beethoven Variations on an Original Theme, Op 44
Itzhak Perlman (violin), Lynn Harrell (cello), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
9.28 Walton Orb and Sceptre City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Louis Fremaux
9.36 Schumann Carnaval
Alfred Cortot (piano)
10.00 Purcell My Beloved Spake Taverner Consort and Players, conductor Andrew Parrott
10.12 Britten Four Sea Interludes
(Peter Grimes )
LSO, conducted by the Composer
Gundula Janowitz talks to Joan
Bakewell about the concert platform and oratorio. How are they different from opera? How does it feel to sit in front of an audience, orchestra and chorus for almost an hour before standing to sing the enormously demanding solo in Brahms's German Requiem? The programme also includes music by Bach, Beethoven and Haydn.
The early careers of Stravinsky and Ernest Ansermet went more or less hand in hand. Ansermet was one of the first to recognise Stravinsky's maverick musical genius, and conducted more performances of his music than anyone else. The two men corresponded for over 50 years, and their friendship survived a quarrel in the late 1930s. The programme includes excerpts from works premiered by Ansermet, including: Mass Westminster Cathedral Choir, conductor James O'Donnell
Suite: The Firebird
LSO, conductor Claudio Abbado
Recent works by Thea Musgrave have reflected her passionate concern for nature. Brian Morton and the composer reflect on the cycle of the seasons and discuss the need for the new in art, as in life. Wild Winter
Fretwork, Red Byrd Helios
Jonathan Kelly (oboe), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conductor Nicholas Kraemer Repeated next Friday 12 midnight
Bath International Music Festival
The last of five concerts introduced by Chris de Souza. Paul Lewis (piano)
Brahms Ballades , Op 10
Haydn Piano Sonata in D, H XVI 37 Schubert Fantasy in C, D760 (Wanderer)
The BBC Accompanists
Gordon Stewart recalls the work of Paul Hamburger , Clifton Helliwell ,
Josephine Lee , Ernest Lush , Wilfred Parry , Frederick Stone and Viola Tunnard , all of whom at various times were on the full-time staff of the BBC, employed to partner guest singers and instrumentalists who came to the studios to broadcast.
The programme also includes reminiscences from Paul Hamburger , the last pianist to be engaged in this capacity.
Producer Peter Tanner
Early Music Young Artists' Showcase 98
Chris de Souza introduces the last of four concerts from this year's event, given earlier this month at the Royal Academy of Music, London. The Amaryllis Ensemble perform chamber music for clarinet, fortepiano and strings.
Mozart Trio in E flat, K498 (Kegelstatt) Beethoven Trio in B flat, Op 11 Repeated from yesterday 10pm
Dynamics are crucial to electronic music. Jonty Harrison opens up the world of electro-acoustic music to
To close the week of programmes exploring new technology, Sean Rafferty composes a mighty symphonic score without ever needing a symphony orchestra.
Using a computer, he is joined by composer and broadcaster
Mark Russell to explore the world of digital music making. Music includes works by Handel and Gershwin, and Mendelssohn's Hebrides overture.
Plus, at about 6.55, Rafferty's Op 1 (The Digital)
Sweeney Todd : the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Opera North's highly acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim 's musical thriller, setting Christopher Bond 's adaptation of Hugh Wheeler 's book. Sweeney returns from years of hard labour in Australia to wreak vengeance on the man who had him unjustly convicted. But his revenge soon extends to as many of the citizens of London as he can kill, ably assisted by the inventive pie-shop owner Mrs Lovett. This semi-staged concert performance was given in March in the Queen Elizabeth Hall , London. Introduced by Geoffrey Smith.
Chorus of Opera North,
English Northern Philharmonia, conductor James Holmes
8.30 Villainy or Vengeance?
Tonight's Sweeney, Stephen Page , talks to Geoffrey Smith about the role of Sweeney and Sondheim's black humour.
8.35 Act 2
Sleeping on a Volcano
Personal European views on the legacy of 1848. A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states. A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders. As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.
The last of three invitation concerts devised by George Benjamin and linked with the human voice features recent works from Italy and France and a classic American work from the 1960s.
Michael Thompson (horn), Phillip Eastop (horn), Susan Narucki (soprano), London Sinfonietta, conductor James Wood
Ivan Fedele Duo en Resonance (first UK performance)
Tristan Murail L 'Esprit des Dunes David Del-Tredici Syzygy
Repeated from Saturday 6pm
Andrew Manze introduces recordings reflecting our greatly increased awareness of Vivaldi's music over the last 50 years.
Concerto in D minor, Op 3 No 11
NBC SO, conductor Arturo Toscanini Manchester Sonata No 4 in D, RV755 Romanesca
Spring (The Four Seasons) (an Chedeville)
Repeated from last Friday
With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Handel Partenope
La Petite Bande , conductor Sigiswald Kuijken
4.20 Mozart String Quartet in G, K387 Orford Quartet
5.00 Shostakovich Cello Sonata, Op 40 Desmond Hoebig , Andrew Tunis (piano)
5.35 Schumann Konzertstuck in F,
Op 86 Kurt Kellan , John Ramsay ,
William Robson and Laurie Metiation
(horns), Calgary Philharmonic, conductor Mario Bernardi