With Humphrey Carpenter , featuring Mozart recordings by pianist Mitsuko Uchida , who celebrates her 50th birthday tomorrow.
Eigar Chanson de Matin, Op 15 No 2 Northern Sinfonia, conductor Richard Hickox
6.20 Mozart Piano Sonata in F, K332
6.40 Shostakovich Ballet Suite No 1
Scottish National Orchestra, conductor Neeme Jarvi
7.00 Mozart Rondo in D, K485
Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
7.35 Dvorak Othello Overture
Oslo Philharmonic, conductor Mariss Jansons
7.50 Verdi Niun Mi Tema (Otello) John Vickers (tenor), Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Herbert von Karajan
8.00 Corelli Trio Sonata in C,
Op 3 No 8 Purcell Quartet. Jakob Lindberg (archlute)
8.50 Boyce Symphony No 5 in D English Concert, director Trevor Pinnock
Producer Mark Rowlinson
Andrew McGregor is joined by Geoffrey Smith , Lucie Skeaping and David Mellor to celebrate the festive season with the best of this year's recordings, including music by Mozart, Schubert, Grainger and Vivaldi. And at 10.15 lain Burnside selects some music for Yuletide.
11.35 Haydn Sinfonia Concertante in B flat Douglas Boyd (oboe),
Matthew Wilkie (bassoon), Marieke Blankestijn (violin), Steven Isserlis (cello), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conductor Roger Norrington Producers Clive Portbury and Susan Kenyon WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview E-MAIL: email@example.com
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Michael Berkeley 's guest this week is the American conductor and writer
Robert Craft , who from 1948 onwards worked closely with Igor Stravinsky. Their long collaboration is documented in a series of books called Conversations with Stravinsky, partially reworked after the composer's death as Chronicle of a Friendship. As well as Stravinsky, Robert Craft 's musical passions include works by Lassus, Couperin, Mozart and Beethoven.
Executive producer Wendy Thompson
Wigmore Hall Chamber Series Donald Macleod introduces an all-Beethoven recital by Chilean pianist Alfredo Perl.
Beethoven Piano Sonatas: in F minor,
Op 57 (Appassionata); in F sharp,
Op 78; in E flat, Op 81a (Les Adieux) Repeated from Monday
Michael White picks some highlights from Radio 3's schedule over the last week.
Producer Svend Brown
The Choir of Clare College,
Cambridge, director Timothy Brown , is joined by cellist Raphael Wallfisch and English Voices to perform motets by Tallis, including the renowned Spem in Alium. Given in June as part of the Spitalfields
Festival, the concert also includes works by Bach and Giles Swayne , including the world premiere of Swayne's 40-part motet with cello, The Silent Land.
Raphael Wallfisch (cello), English Voices, Choir of Clare College,
Cambridge, conductor Timothy Brown Tallis Miserere Nostri ; In Jejunio et Fletu; Salvator Mundi
Bach Cello Suite No 5 in C minor,
Giles Swayne Missa Tiburtina;
The Silent Land (first performance) Tallis Spem in Alium
More from the Festival. Boxing Day 3pm
Images (Set 2): Cloches a travers les Feuilles; Et la Lune Descend sur le Temple Qui Fut; Poissons d'Or
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)
With Geoffrey Smith.
Producer Derek Drescher Discs
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The second of three programmes in which David Hajdu explores the life of Billy Strayhorn , one of the great jazz composers and arrangers, an extraordinarily complex man who created songs such as Take the "A" Train, Chelsea Bridge and Lush Life. This programme follows Strayhorn from his move away from Duke
Ellington to his triumphant return in the late fifties.
Repeated Christmas Day 11.30pm
Violin Sonata No 2 in A, Op 100
Julian Rachlin , Itamar Golan (piano)
The Bartered Bride
LIVE From Sadler's Wells,
London, the Royal Opera's new production of Smetana's popular Bohemian village comedy. Sung in Czech.
Introduced by James Naughtie.
Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conductor Bernard Haitink
Acts 1 and 28.30 Interval
As a rebuilt Royal Opera House rises in Covent Garden, its resident companies stagger from crisis to crisis. With their problems so much in the public eye, James Naughtie chairs a discussion about the possible future state of opera and ballet in the UK - should it get more public funding, or less? Should it be made more accessible to people and, if so, how?
8.50 Act 3
Also on BBC2
Rob Cowan investigates the disasters of live recording, including Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat (Emperor) interrupted by anti-aircraft gunfire, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde interrupted by screams of "Deutschland iiber alles", plus a selection of fireworks, thunder, lightning and memory lapses. Repeat
Angela Hewitt (piano)
Bach Preludes and Fugues: No 17 in A flat; No 18 in G sharp minor; No 19 in A; No 20 in A minor (The Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Messiaen La Colombe ; Le Nombre Leger; Instants Defunts; Les Sons
Impalpables du Reve; Plainte Calme; Un Reflet dans le Vent (Preludes)
Tonight, a concert given in October at the Time Cafe in New York by the world-famous Mingus Big Band. The band celebrates the music of the late composer and bassist
Charles Mingus under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus , his widow. This spirited performance, recorded at the band's weekly residency at the Time Cafe, encapsulates the best of the Mingus legacy, interweaving inspired ensemble playing, boisterous blues sections, sparkling solos and the sudden tempo shifts that make
Mingus's music so challenging and rewarding. Playing old and new arrangements, the 14-piece band features a mix of Mingus veterans and young players - including Bobby Watson , Mark Shim and Craig Handy on saxophones, Dave Taylor and Conrad Herwig on trombones, and Brian Lynch , Mike Mossman and Eddie Henderson on trumpets.
Producers Lyn Champion and Steve Shepherd
With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Grigory Sokolov (piano)
Rameau Suite in G (Pieces de Clavecin) Beethoven Piano Sonata in G. Op 31 No 1
Brahms Piano Sonata No 1 in C, Op 1
2.35 Haydn Symphony No 44 in E minor (Trauer) Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Michael Schonwandt
3.10 Prokofiev Four Etudes, Op 2 Roger Woodward (piano)
3.40 George Shearing Five
Shakespeare Songs David Brown (bass), Vancouver Chamber Choir, Peter Berring (piano)
4.00 Pierre de la Rue Missa de
Sancto Job Orlando Consort
4.40 Mozart Horn Concerto No 4 in Eflat, K495Arvids Klisans, Latvian
National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Vassily Sinaisky
5.15 Handel Messiah (Part 3) Sophie Daneman (soprano),
Michael Chance (countertenor), Kobie van Rensburg (tenor), Nathan Berg (bass).
RIAS Chamber Chorus,
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, conductor Markus Creed
Producer Peter Thresh