Petroc Trelawny with music and arts news, including a visit to the newly refurbished Courtauld Gallery in London, which reopens today after a year's closure. Music includes at
6.30 Schubert's Symphony No 8 in B minor (Unfinished) played by the Philharmonia, conductor
Otto Klemperer ; at 7.12 Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G, Op 14 No 2 played by Alfred Brendel ; before the
8.00 news Britten's Four Sea
Interludes from Peter Grimes played by the BBCSO, conductor
Andrew Davis ; and at 8.50 Bernstein's Three Dance Episodes from On the Town played by the Los Angeles PO, conducted by the Composer.
With Peter Hobday.
Beethoven Overture: Leonore No 3
Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Herbert von Karajan
9.15 Haydn String Quartet in D, Op 64 No 5 (Lark) Italian Quartet
9.35 Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals Geza Anda and Bela Siki
(pianos), Philharmonia, conductor Igor Markevitch
9.56 lbert Suite: Paris
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit
10.10 Haydn String Quartet in E flat, Op 64 No 6 Kodaly Quartet
Graham Johnson talks to Joan
Bakewell about the qualities that make a good accompanist. He also talks about the diversity of his career, which includes a new project recording Schumann's songs for the record company Hyperion. Music includes: Schumann Auftrage , Op 77 No 5
Mendelssohn Hexenlied, Op 8 No 8 Dvorak At the Brook, Op 82
With Peggy Reynolds.
5: Dante. In The Divine Comedy,
Dante included many real people and their stories in his description of hell's inhabitants. These people were well known to the Italians of his day, and rumours were rife that
Dante had actually been to hell and managed to come back. The stories told by Gianni Schicchi and Paolo and Francesca in The Inferno have been as inspirational to musicians as to
Dante himself. Including excerpts from: Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leopold Stokowski
Riccardo Zandonal Francesca da Rimini
Bulgarian Radio Orchestra, conductor Maurizio Arena
Puccini Gianni Schicchi
Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra, conductor Bruno Bartoletti
With Penny Gore.
5: 1849 - the Most Prolific Year of All
To mark the centenary of the birth of Goethe, Schumann composed his finest work for chorus and orchestra.
He described his concert piece featuring the new valve horn as "something completely unusual". Manfred Overture Berlin PO, conductor Rafael Kubelik
Fantasiestucke, Op 73
Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano) Requiem for Mignon
Barbara Bonney and Brigitte Poschner-Klebel (sopranos), Dalia Schaechter and Margareta Hintermeier (mezzos), Jorge Pita
(tenor), Andreas Schmidt (baritone), Vienna State Opera Chorus, CO of Europe, conductor Claudio Abbado
Konzertstuck in FRoger Montgomery, Gavin Edwards , Susan Dent and Robert Maskell (horns), Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, conductor John Eliot Gardiner
Repeated next Friday 12 midnight
From the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama, introduced by Kirsteen McCue. Lisa Milne (soprano),
Richard Pierson (piano)
Purcell I Attempt from Love's
Sickness to Ry (The Indian Queen); I Take No Pleasure in the Sun's Bright Beams, Z388; Hark! the Ech'ing Air (The Indian Queen)
Schubert Auf der Riesenkoppe; Erster Verlust ; Die Forelle
Uszt Three Petrarch Sonnets
MacCunn Many Days and Many Ways; All on a Fair May Morning: On a Faded Violet
Two Strings to a Bow
The penultimate programme in which Gordon Stewart explores two composers from different centuries. Mozart and Chopin. These two composers were both connoisseurs of fine singing, and their piano music is often vocally inspired. Artists from the BBC archive include Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten in Mozart songs, Elizabeth Harwood in a concert aria with orchestra and piano solo, and pianists Andras Schiff and Maurice Cole in some otherworldly music from the last months of Mozart's life.
Chopin is represented by pianist Vlado Perlemuter , who plays the Preludes in a concert from 1960, the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth; and Nocturnes, Etudes and a Mazurka in studio recordings of later years.
Repeated from yesterday 10pm
Music and the Mass
Leonard Bernstein composed his
Mass in 1971, and it is by no means a conventional setting of the mass. It was commissioned by Jackie Kennedy in honour of her late husband. Tommy Pearson discovers why this work has always been so controversial and what the composer was trying to achieve.
Humphrey Carpenter pays homage to soprano Victoria de los Angeles on her 75th birthday. Music includes Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp at 5.40, and Haydn's Symphony No 22 in E flat (Philosopher) at 6.40.
SOUNDING THE CENTURY
Bartok and Beyond
From the Royal Festival Hall, London, the final concert in this season reflecting Hungary's important contribution to this century's musical heritage. lldiko Komlosi (mezzo),
John Tomlinson (bass), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Kurtag Songs of Despair and Sorrow (first London performance)
8.30 The Brides of Bartok
David Huckvale looks at Bartok's obsessive need for privacy and the way it affected his relationships with the women in his life. They included his mother, his two wives Martha and Ditta, violinists Stefi Geyer and Jelly d'Aranyi, and the poetry-writing forester's daughter Klara Gombossy.
8.50 Bartok Duke Bluebeard 's Castle
Christopher Hitchens talks to three people who are distinguished veterans of different struggles.
4: Robert Conquest, Soviet expert and ex-Communist Party member, friend of Kingsley Amis, the first publisher of Philip Larkin and the author of the definitive book on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror.
SOUNDING THE CENTURY
Piers Burton-Page introduces a concert given earlier this month in the Queen Elizabeth Hall , London, celebrating the 70th birthday of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Sound projection by SOUND Intermedia, London Sinfonietta,
Stockhausen Refrain; Telemusik;
Der Jahreslauf (Dienstag aus Licht) (first UK performance)
Musical direction Oliver Knussen and Gregory Rose ; Producer David Stevens
The story of Nina Simone. Repeated from Saturday 6pm
SOUNDING THE CENTURY
Cello Concerto No 1 Natalia Gutman , LPO, conductor Kurt Masur
Symphony No 8 (4th and 5th mvts) Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Requiem (Requiem Aeternam)
Russian State Symphonic Cappella and Symphony Orchestra/Polyansky Repeated from last Friday
With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Puccini Madame Butterfly,
Suites 1 and 2 State Orchestra of Victoria, conductor John Lanchbery
2.40 Grainger Four Folk Songs Camerata Chamber Choir
4.15 Kosenko Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 6 Anatoly Bazhenov (violin) Ukrainian NSO/Volodymyr Sirenko
4.35 Haydn, adapted by Salomon
The Miracle Symphony Ensemble of the Classic Era
5.30 Mendelssohn Overture: Calm
Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Winnipeg SO/Kazuhiro Koizumi