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: On Air

Stephanie Hughes investigates the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Nielsen cycle, broadcast all this week on Radio 3.
Music includes Bach's Orchestral
Suite No 2 in B minor; plus at
7.00 Gershwin's Embraceable
You performed by Kim Criswell (soprano) and the London
Sinfonietta; and at 8.05 Prokofiev's
Toccata, Op 11, performed by Martha Argerich (piano).


Unknown: Stephanie Hughes
Soprano: Kim Criswell
Piano: Martha Argerich

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Handel Zadok the Priest
Choir of Westminster Abbey, English Concert, conductor Simon Preston
9.07 Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Neville Marriner
9.34 Janacek In the Mists
Rudolf Firkusny (piano)
10.04 Elgar Sea Pictures
Janet Baker (mezzo), London Symphony Orchestra, conductor John Barbirolli


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Unknown: Handel Zadok
Conductor: Simon Preston
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Piano: Rudolf Firkusny
Unknown: Janet Baker
Conductor: John Barbirolli

: Artist of the Week

Tasmln Little
Joan Bakewell talks to violinist
Tasmin Little about two of her favourite violin concertos - the Brahms and the Sibelius - and how when she recorded these works her fingers began to bleed.


Talks: Joan Bakewell
Violinist: Tasmin Little

: Sound Stories

Donald Macleod presents musical portraits of five absolute rulers famed more for their evil deeds than for their good work.
2: Nero. Nero has passed into history as the emperor who fiddled while Rome burned. But is the legend true?
Music includes excerpts from
Handel's Agrippina, Monteverdi's L'lncoronazione di Poppea,
Mascagni's Nerone and Anton Rubinstein 's Nero.


Unknown: Donald MacLeod
Unknown: Anton Rubinstein

: Composer of the Week: Monteverdi

With Simon Heighes.
Vespers at St Mark's. Despite being robbed by highwaymen en route,
Monteverdi arrived safely in Venice in 1613. At the great Basilica of St Mark , he provided music both for public ceremonial and private devotions. Today's programme includes such examples as Beatus Vir, Dixit Dominus and the magnificent Magnificat.
Repeated next Tuesday 12 midnight


Unknown: Simon Heighes.
Unknown: St Mark
Unknown: Dixit Dominus

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

j From Studio 1, Broadcasting I House, Belfast, the first of four lunchtime concerts introduced by JohnToal.
Michael Thompson (horn), Philip Fowke (piano)
Danzi Horn Sonata in E flat, Op 28 Beethoven Horn Sonata in F, Op 17 York Bowen Horn Sonata


Horn: Michael Thompson
Piano: Philip Fowke

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductors Tadaaki Otaka and Ion Marin , Augustin Dumay (violin)
Wagner Die Meistersinger (Prelude to Act 1)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Mahler Symphony No 5


Conductors: Tadaaki Otaka
Conductors: Ion Marin
Violin: Augustin Dumay

: Voices

The Soldier. A studio recital by Christopher Maltman (baritone) and Andrew Smith (piano) reflecting aspects of military life and war in songs by Schubert, Gumey, Wolf, John Airlie Dix , Schumann, Musorgsky and Poulenc.
Christopher Maltman introduces the programme in conversation with lain Burnside.
Repeated from yesterday 10pm


Baritone: Christopher Maltman
Piano: Andrew Smith
Unknown: John Airlie Dix
Introduces: Christopher Maltman

: Music Machine

Did dynamics define the keyboard? Tommy Pearson investigates the different sounds produced by Broadwood and Steinway pianos. He talks to David Winston ,
Ulrich Gerhardt and pianist Olga Tverskaya. Repeat


Unknown: Tommy Pearson
Unknown: David Winston
Unknown: Ulrich Gerhardt
Pianist: Olga Tverskaya.

: In Tune

Humphrey Carpenter talks to a choir taking part in Music for Youth's
Schools Proms at the Royal
Albert Hall. Music includes Rachmaninov's
Caprice Bohémien played by the Philharmonia, conductor Neeme
Jarvi; Butterworth's songs from A
Shropshire Lad sung by baritone Bryn Terfel ; and Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine performed by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, at 6.10.


Talks: Humphrey Carpenter
Unknown: Albert Hall.
Baritone: Bryn Terfel
Unknown: Jean Racine

: Performance on 3

From the Queen's Hall,
Edinburgh, introduced by Linda Ormiston. Tchaikovsky
Competition winner Boris Berezovsky is one of the finest Russian pianists of the moment. He opens a season of chamber recitals with a programme of works by Russian nationalists.
Boris Berezovsky (piano) Balakirev Islamey Borodin Little Suite
Uadov Preludes (selection)
8.30 Adultery and Other Diversions The first of four interval programmes in which novelist Tim Parks , author of last year's Booker short-listed novel Europa, reads from his new collection of essays which vividly - and often controversially - cast an eye on contemporary mores.
The first essay today is about a friend's fall from grace, after which happiness is supposed to come back - but does it?
1: Adultery
8.50 Musorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition


Introduced By: Linda Ormiston.
Unknown: Boris Berezovsky
Piano: Boris Berezovsky
Unknown: Tim Parks

: Postscript

Five specially commissioned dramatic monologues that combine fiction and a news story.
2: Come the Day. By Fraser Harrison.


Unknown: Fraser Harrison.

: Ulster Orchestra

Conductor John Lubbock , Philip Fowke (piano)
Richard Amell Piano Concerto Repeat


Conductor: John Lubbock
Piano: Philip Fowke
Piano: Richard Amell

: Night Waves

Derek Walcott , who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, is admired not only for his own poetry but also for his insight into the work of others. He talks to Richard Coles about his new collection of essays, What the Twilight Says, which includes pieces on writers as diverse as Hemingway, Larkin and Joseph Brodsky. He also reads some of his own poetry.
And as the 80th anniversary of the end of the First World War approaches, historian Niall Ferguson sets out to overturn many generally accepted views of it. In his controversial account, The Pity of War, he argues that conflict between Britain and Germany was not inevitable and that Britain's intervention turned a continental war into a global conflict. He debates his position live in the studio. Producer Doug Traill - Stevenson


Unknown: Derek Walcott
Unknown: Richard Coles
Unknown: Joseph Brodsky.
Unknown: Niall Ferguson
Producer: Doug Traill

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton presents the Humphrey Lyttelton Band with Helen Shapiro , recorded before an invited audience at the 100 Club,


Unknown: Alyn Shipton
Unknown: Helen Shapiro

: Composer of the Week: Schumann

With Penny Gore.
2: 1840 - the Year of Marriage and Song
Schumann produced almost 140 songs in the year of his marriage to Clara Wieck and stated "0 Clara, what bliss it is to write for singing. I cannot tell you how easily it came to me and how happy I was." Liederkreis, Op 39
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Christoph Eschenbach (piano) Arabeske, Op 18
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)
Frauenliebe und -Leben, Op 42 Janet Baker (mezzo), Martin Isepp (piano)
Repeated from last Tuesday


Unknown: Clara Wieck
Piano: Christoph Eschenbach
Unknown: Janet Baker
Piano: Martin Isepp

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Vanbrugh Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op 18 No I
Bartok String Quartet No 5
Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op 135
2.35 Francesco Durante
Concerto No 1 in F minor
Concerto Koln
3.00 5.00 Schools
3.00 Playtime
3.15 Time to Move
3.35 Let's Make a Story
3.50 Drama Workshop
4.10 In the News: Topical Roundup
4.30 Hop, Skip and Jump
4.45 Eadar Eisdeachd
5.00 Faure
Nocturne No 12 in E minor, Op 107 Stephane Lemelin (piano)
5.30 Poulenc
Mass in G
Elmer Iseler Singers, conductor Elmer Iseler
5.44 Frank Martin
Sonata da Chiesa
Imants Sneibis (flute), Ligita Sneibe (organ)


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Piano: Stephane Lemelin
Singers: Elmer Iseler
Flute: Ligita Sneibe

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