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: On Air

With Humphrey Carpenter , featuring
Mozart recordings by Mitsuko Uchida. Anon plainchant Christe Redemptor Nuns of Stanbrook Abbey, Monks of Prinknash Abbey
6.40 Grechaninov Snowflakes
Ludmilla Kuznetsova (mezzo),
Russian State Symphonic Cappella, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conductor Valery Poliansky
7.20 Reger Hallelujah ! Gott zu Loben, Op 52 No 3
George McPhee (organ)
7.35 Mozart Eine Kleine Gigue, K574 Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
7.40 Scarlatti Cantata Pastorale per la Nascita di Nostro Signore Nancy Argenta (soprano), Chandos Baroque Players
8.00 Howells A Spotless Rose
William Clements (bass), Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, director Christopher Robinson
8.05 Mozart Piano Sonata in C, K545 Mitsuko Uchida
8.30 Flnzi Dies Natalis
John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Corydon Orchestra, conductor Matthew Best


Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter
Unknown: Mitsuko Uchida.
Unknown: Ludmilla Kuznetsova
Conductor: Valery Poliansky
Conductor: Reger Hallelujah
Unknown: George McPhee
Piano: Mitsuko Uchida
Bass: William Clements
Director: Christopher Robinson
Unknown: Mitsuko Uchida
Tenor: John Mark Ainsley
Conductor: Matthew Best

: Brian Kay's SundayMorning

Waldteufel Waltz: The Skaters
New London Orchestra, conductor Ronald Corp
9.11 Francaix Little Quartet Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
9.22 Praetorius Magnificat Angelus ad Pastores Ait
Taverner Consort and Players, conductor Andrew Parrott
9.32 Delius Sleigh Ride
RPO, conductor Thomas Beecham
9.38 Moszkowski Spanish Dances Nos 1-3 Isabel Beyer and Harvey Dagul (piano duet)
9.47 Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Stephen Roberts (baritone), London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Richard Hickox
10.00 Ten o'Clock Feature -
Christmas Concertos:
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in E, RV270 II Giardino Armonico
10.08 Gossec Christmas Suite
Academy of Ancient Music, conductor Christopher Hogwood
10.14 Composer of the Week:
Bizet, arr Nettle/Markham Suite: Jeux d'Enfants (excerpts)
David Nettle and Richard Markham
(piano duet)
10.23 Pascha, arr Krcek Prosae Pastorales (excerpts) Musica Bohemica , conductor Jaroslav Krcek
10.42 Richard Addinsell Suite: A
Christmas Carol
Royal Philharmonic, conductor David Newman
Producer Fiona Shelmerdine E-MAIL: bksm@bbc.co.uk


Conductor: Ronald Corp
Conductor: Andrew Parrott
Conductor: Thomas Beecham
Unknown: Isabel Beyer
Piano: Harvey Dagul
Baritone: Stephen Roberts
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Unknown: David Nettle
Piano: Richard Markham
Conductor: Musica Bohemica
Conductor: Jaroslav Krcek
Conductor: Richard Addinsell
Conductor: David Newman
Producer: Fiona Shelmerdine

: Artist of the Week Encore

David Willcocks
Joan Bakewell talks to conductor
David Willcocks about the unique contribution he has made to British music.
Revised repeat


Unknown: David Willcocks
Talks: Joan Bakewell
Conductor: David Willcocks

: Music Matters

Ivan Hewett and guests select their highlights of 1998, explore the King's College Choir phenomenon, and, as we approach the last year of the century, look back at the flourishing of music in 1899. Producer Jessica Isaacs


Unknown: Ivan Hewett
Producer: Jessica Isaacs

: Christmas across Europe: Estonia

Anthony Burton introduces seasonal concerts from member states of the European
Broadcasting Union. Plus a jangle of Christmas bells to accompany the tour.
From the Concert Hall, Tallinn, a sequence of carols from across Europe. Hortus Musicus, conductor Andres Mustonen
Charpentier Noels sur les Instruments


Introduces: Anthony Burton
Conductor: Andres Mustonen

: Hungary

From the Marble Hall, Hungarian Radio, Budapest.
Maria Zadori (soprano), Vilmos Stadler (recorder), Reszo Pertorini (cello), Borbala Dobozy (harpsichord)
Grandi Deus Canticum Novum; Cantabo Domino
Bach Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat, BWV998; Carols from the Schemelli Songbook; Aria Variata in A minor, BWV989
Telemann Hemmet den Eifer


Soprano: Vilmos Stadler
Cello: Reszo Pertorini
Harpsichord: Borbala Dobozy

: Great Britain

From Westminster Cathedral,
London. James O'Donnell and Andrew Reid play organ music for Christmas.
Naji Hakim Variations on "Adeste Fideles"
Franck Chorale No 1 in E
Messiaen La Nativity du Seigneur
Dupre Variations sur un Vieux Noel , Op 20


Unknown: Andrew Reid
Unknown: Naji Hakim
Unknown: Vieux Noel

: Ireland

From Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, conductor Mark Duley
Anon Angelus ad Virginem Sweellnck Three Motets
Bach In Dulci Jubilo , BWV368
Trad, arr Rutter Wexford Carol Poulenc Four Motets


Conductor: Mark Duley
Conductor: Anon Angelus
Unknown: Dulci Jubilo

: Sweden

From the Nederlulea Church,
Gammelstad, a seasonal mix of popular and traditional Swedish choral music, includingjoik, or Swedish yodelling.
Johan Marak (yodeller), Mattias
Wager (organ). Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble, conductor Erik Westberg


Unknown: Johan Marak
Unknown: Erik Westberg

: Germany

From Saar Radio, sacred music from the pen of Puccini, a composer more frequently associated with the spectacle of grand opera.
Saarlouis Evangelische Kantorei , Una Volta Ensemble, conductor Joachim Fontaine
Puccini Laudate Pueri ; Mass in D; Dixit Dominus


Unknown: Saarlouis Evangelische Kantorei
Conductor: Joachim Fontaine
Conductor: Puccini Laudate Pueri

: Poland

From the Lutoslawski Concert Hall,
Camerata Silesia Chamber Choir, conductor Anna Szostak
Zielenski Magnificat , Offertoriums and Communiones for Christmas
Castiglione Hymne
Pekiel Two Christmas Carols
Part Magnificat


Conductor: Anna Szostak
Conductor: Zielenski Magnificat
Unknown: Castiglione Hymne

: Belgium

From Brussels, Baroque music for Christmas by Forster, Stadlmayr, Schein, Schutz and Becker. Christoph Pregardien (tenor), La Petite Bande , director Sigiswald Kuijken


Tenor: La Petite Bande

: Portugal

From the Old Cathedral, Coimbra.
Unaccompanied choral music from the 12th to the 20th centuries from
Coimbra, home of Portuguese polyphonic music since the 1100s.
Works by Cardoso, Ferreira, de Vitry, Perotin, Lopes-Graca and de Cristo. BBC producer Tim Thorne


Producer: Tim Thorne

: Sunday Play:The Weir

By Conor McPherson. The award-winning, sell-out production from the Royal Court Theatre comes to Radio 3 prior to a season on Broadway.
Newcomer Valerie is brought for an evening to a lonely bar in a remote part of Ireland and is spellbound by the ghostly stories told by the bachelors who drink there.
Producer Jonquil Panting
Director Ian Rickson Repeat


Unknown: Conor McPherson.
Director: Ian Rickson
Jack: Jim Norton
Brendan: Brendan Coyle
Jim: Kieran Ahern
Finbar: Des McAleer
Valerie: Julia Ford

: World Music: Singing the Goat: 2: From Le Puy to Gai Paris

Five programmes of traditional music from central France.

Benedicte Paviot moves from the Auvergne to Paris to trace the development of the bal musette. Plus music from accordions and hurdy-gurdies.


Presenter: Benedicte Paviot

: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Stephen Jackson, Claron McFadden (soprano), BBC Symphony Chorus Women's Voices
Lutoslawski Twenty Polish Christmas Carols; Sleep, Sleep


Conductor: Stephen Jackson
Soprano: Claron McFadden

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Bach Mass in B minor, BWV232 Isabelle Poulenard (soprano),
Giulemette Laurens (mezzo), Rene Jacobs (alto), John Elwes (tenor),
Choir of the Netherlands Bach Society, La Petite Bande, conductor Gustav Leonhardt
2.50 Brahms Four Pieces, Op 119 Robert Silverman (piano)
3.20 Mozart Symphony No 29 in A, K201 Amsterdam Bach Soloists
3.45 Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K581 Virtuoso Quartet, Dong-Jin Kim (clarinet)
4.40 Faure Suite: Pelleas et
CBC Vancouver Orchestra, conductor Mario Bernardi
5.25 CPE Bach Violin Sonata in B minor, Wq76 Les Adieux
5.50 Gesualdo Ave, Dulcissima Maria Monteverdi Choir , conductor John Eliot Gardiner


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Bach Mass
Soprano: Isabelle Poulenard
Soprano: Giulemette Laurens
Unknown: Rene Jacobs
Tenor: John Elwes
Conductor: Gustav Leonhardt
Piano: Robert Silverman
Clarinet: Dong-Jin Kim
Conductor: Mario Bernardi
Unknown: Dulcissima Maria
Conductor: Monteverdi Choir
Conductor: John Eliot

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