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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny with music and arts news, including a look at the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition British Sporting Heroes. Music includes at 6.30 Vivaldi's Concerto in G for Two Mandolins, RV532, played by Bonifacio Bianchi and Alessandro Pitrelli with I Solisti
Veneti, director Claudio Scimone ; at
7.00 Schubert's Standchen, D957, performed by Bryn Terfel (baritone) and Malcolm Martineau (piano); and at 8.08 Borodin's Polovtsian
Dances from Prince Igor performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Yuri Ahronovitch.


Played By: Bonifacio Bianchi
Played By: Alessandro Pitrelli
Director: Claudio Scimone
Piano: Malcolm Martineau
Conductor: Yuri Ahronovitch.

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Walton Scapino Overture
LSO, conducted by the Composer
9.09 Copland, arr Bernstein El Salon Mexico Shura Cherkassky (piano) 9.20 Stravinsky Concerto in D
(Basle) English Chamber Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis
9.33 Debussy Trois Chansons de
Charles d'Orleans Monteverdi Choir, conductor John Eliot Gardiner
9.40 Brahms Symphony No 2 in D Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Colin Davis
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

: Artist of the Week

Sylvia McNair
Sylvia McNair talks to Joan Bakewell about Mozart, the composer with whose works she is most closely associated. Including music from
Exsu/tate, Jubilate and The Marriage of Figaro.


Unknown: Sylvia McNair
Talks: Sylvia McNair
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

Five Fictional Heroes
With Donald Macleod.
5: Sherlock Holmes. The great detective of 221B Baker Street often, according to his friend Dr
Watson, "droned away" on his violin, endeavouring to soothe his ruffled spirits or while pondering over a strange problem he was trying to unravel. Including excerpts from: Bach Partita No 1 in D minor,
BWV1002 Yehudi Menuhin (violin) Sarasate Habanera, Op 21 No 2 the Composer (violin)
Chopin Nocturne in F minor, Op 55 No 1 Artur Rubinstein (piano)
Russell A Life on the Ocean Wave
Clifford Jackson (baritone), William Bolcom (piano)


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Sherlock Holmes.
Unknown: Baker Street
Violin: Yehudi Menuhin
Piano: Artur Rubinstein
Baritone: Clifford Jackson
Piano: William Bolcom

: Composer of the Week: Haydn

Robert Bruce 's March to Bannockburn
Alan Watt (baritone),
Christopher Reid (violin), Marjorie Rycroft (cello), John Kitchen (fortepiano)
Symphony No 94 in G (Surprise) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis
Pastoral Song; She Never Told Her Love; The Mermaid's Song (Original Canzonettas) Elly Ameling (soprano), Jorg Demus (piano)
The Creation (And the Lord Said: Let the Earth Bring Forth the Living
Creature; Straight Open Her Fertile Womb; Now Heaven in Fullest Glory Shone; And God Saw Everything; Achieved Is the Glorious Work)
Emma Kirkby (soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor),
Michael George (bass), Choir of New College, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music, director Christopher Hogwood Repeated next Friday 12 midnight


Unknown: Robert Bruce
Baritone: Christopher Reid
Violin: Marjorie Rycroft
Cello: John Kitchen
Conductor: Colin Davis
Soprano: Elly Ameling
Piano: Jorg Demus
Soprano: Emma Kirkby
Soprano: Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Tenor: Michael George
Director: Christopher Hogwood

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

From the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Kirsteen McCue introduces a recital by the brilliant young
Canadian horn player Eric Ruske. Eric Ruske (horn),
Victor Sangiorgio (piano)
Bach Sonata in E, BWV1035 F Strauss Nottumo , Op 7
Mozart Sonata in B flat, K378
Vincent Persichetti Parable VIII Gliere Nocturne, Op 35 No 10;
Intermezzo, Op 35 No 11 Vittorio Monti Csardas


Introduces: Kirsteen McCue
Unknown: Eric Ruske.
Horn: Eric Ruske
Piano: Victor Sangiorgio
Unknown: Strauss Nottumo
Unknown: Vittorio Monti Csardas

: The BBC Archive

Two Strings to a Bow
Gordon Stewart explores two composers from different centuries. Bach and Shostakovich. For
Shostakovich, Bach was a god and the supreme master craftsman. Tatiana Nikolaieva remembers
Shostakovich and plays two of the Preludes and Fugues for piano from the set inspired by Bach's Well-
Tempered Clavier, and Radu Lupu and the Gabrieli Quartet perform the Piano Quintet. Bach's supreme mastery of counterpoint is celebrated in music for solo violin, for organ and for orchestra, performed by Orrea Pernel , Geraint Jones and George Malcolm with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.


Unknown: Gordon Stewart
Unknown: Tatiana Nikolaieva
Unknown: Radu Lupu
Unknown: Orrea Pernel
Unknown: Geraint Jones
Unknown: George Malcolm

: Music Restored

York Early Music Festival 1998
Celebrating Music for Strings. Lucie Skeaping introduces excerpts from concerts given in July as part of the York Early Music Festival. Repeated from yesterday 10pm


Introduces: Lucie Skeaping

: Music Machine

A Question of Gender
In the eighties, pop music went through a period when sexual ambiguity was the rule rather than the exception, with artists like David Bowie , Boy George and Human
League. Verity Sharp and Tommy Pearson take a look at the pop music scene during this time.


Unknown: David Bowie
Unknown: Boy George
Unknown: Verity Sharp
Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty reviews a new biography of Kiri Te Kanawa and introduces music by Monteverdi,
Poulenc and Weber, with Dvorak's symphonic poem The Water Goblin at around 5.40 and the Sextet from Strauss's Capriccio at 6.45.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Kiri Te Kanawa

: Performance on 3

Spirit Garden
"Spirit Garden is my experiment with orchestral colour," said the composer Toru Takemitsu. This second concert from the Spirit
Garden festival was given earlier this month at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and moves from the contemplative quiet of Takemitsu's percussion concerto From Me Flows What You Call Time to the throbbing decadence of Ravel's Bolero.
Leon Fleisher (piano), Nexus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andrew Davis
Takemitsu From Me Flows What You
Call Time
Ravel Concerto for Piano Left Hand
Takemitsu Spirit Garden Ravel Bolero


Unknown: Toru Takemitsu.
Piano: Leon Fleisher
Conductor: Andrew Davis

: Postscript

Lyrical Ballads
Five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on English literature and thought of Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads.
5: Man and Nature

: Micheiangeli Plays Schumann

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, recorded at a recital the great Italian pianist gave at the Royal Festival Hall in 1957.

: Hear and Now

Verity Sharp introduces highlights from the Witten Contemporary
Chamber Music Festival and the International Rostrum of Composers held earlier this summer in Paris.
Producer David Stevens


Introduces: Verity Sharp
Producer: David Stevens

: S'Wonderful, S'Marvellous

In the penultimate programme on jazz interpretations of the music of George Gershwin , Geoffrey Smith concentrates on singers. He includes How Long Has This Been Going On? by Lee Wiley , S'Wonderful by Joe Williams , The Man / Love by Billie
Holiday, Stiff Upper Lip by Maureen McGovern and Let's Call the Whole
Thing Off by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
Repeated from Saturday 6pm


Unknown: George Gershwin
Unknown: Geoffrey Smith
Unknown: Lee Wiley
Unknown: Joe Williams
Unknown: Maureen McGovern
Unknown: Louis Armstrong
Unknown: Ella Fitzgerald.

: Composer of the Week Malipiero

Michael Oliver continues his exploration of the astonishing music of "the greatest Italian musical personality since Verdi". Not many composers have carried on writing and experimenting into their late eighties: today's selection of works from Malipiero's final decade includes one of his most individual symphonies, five piano studies "for tomorrow" and his final orchestral work - a homage to Schoenberg. Repeated from last Friday


Unknown: Michael Oliver

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Handel Giulio Cesare
Concerto Koln, director Rene Jacobs
5.00 Locke Suite in A minor
Pedro Memelsdorff (recorder), Andreas Staler (harpsichord)
5.20 Beethoven Piano Concerto
No 1 in C Iko Miva, Bulgarian
National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Milen Natchev


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Handel Giulio Cesare
Director: Rene Jacobs
Unknown: Pedro Memelsdorff
Harpsichord: Andreas Staler
Conductor: Milen Natchev
GiulioCesare: Jennifer Larmore(mezzo)
Cleopatra: Barbara Schlick(soprano)
Cornelia: Bernarda Fink(contralto)
Sesto: Marianne Rorholm(mezzo)
Tolomeo: Derek Lee Ragin(countertenor)
Achilla: Furio Zanasi(baritone)
Nireno: Dominique Visse(countertenor)
Curio: Olivier Lalloulette(bass)

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