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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny discusses Opera North's new production of Bizet's sexy and tragic opera as director
Phyllida Lloyd presents a Carmen for the next generation. Plus Stravinsky's Suite No 1 for small orchestra, and music by Monteverdi and Tchaikovsky.


Director: Phyllida Lloyd

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Wagner Tannhauser (Overture,
Bacchanale and Venusberg Music) Berlin PO, conductor Rudolf Kempe
9.24 Shostakovich Piano Concerto
No 2 Mikhail Rudy , LPO, conductor Mariss Jansons
9.44 Schubert Gesang der Geister uberden Wassern, D714 Monteverdi
Choir, Vienna Philharmonic, conductor John Eliot Gardiner
9.57 Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op 18 No 1 Italian Quartet


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Unknown: Wagner Tannhauser
Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
Unknown: Mikhail Rudy
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

: Artist of the Week

A Christmas Selection:
Margaret Price
Another chance to hear some favourite Artists of the Week. Today, Margaret Price talks to Joan Bakewell about her concert career. Repeat


Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

The Christmas Story
Richard Baker tells the story of the Annunciation in words and music, with: Baring-Gould Angel Gabriel
Choir of New College, Oxford, conductor Edward Higginbottom Handel Messiah (excerpt)
Anne Sofie von Otter (contralto),
English Concert Choir and Orchestra, conductor Trevor Pinnock
Biber Mystery Sonata No 2 in A (Mary's Visit to Elizabeth) Musica Antiqua Koln , director Reinhard Goebel
Monteverdi Exultent Caeli Monteverdi
Choir, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, conductor John Eliot Gardiner


Unknown: Richard Baker
Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
Conductor: Handel Messiah
Contralto: Anne Sofie von Otter
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Unknown: Musica Antiqua Koln
Director: Reinhard Goebel
Conductor: John Eliot

: Composer of the Week: Georges Bizet

Fiona Taikington introduces a week of music by Bizet, including some of his lesser-known songs and piano pieces, culminating at the end of the week with music from one of the world's best loved operas, Carmen, written just before he died at the age of 37. Te Deum Angela Maria Blasi
(soprano). Christian Eisner (tenor), Munich Motet Choir and SO, conductor Hans Rudolf Zobeley
Caprice Original No 1 in C sharp minor M Setrak (piano)
Symphony in C BBC Philharmonic, conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier Producer Tim Thorne
Repeated Monday 28 December 12 midnight


Introduces: Fiona Taikington
Soprano: Christian Eisner
Conductor: Hans Rudolf Zobeley
Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier
Producer: Tim Thorne

: The Radio 3Lunchtime Concert

Concluding the Wigmore Hall
Chamber Series, a concert introduced by Donald Macleod. Lynn Harrell (cello),
Simon Mulligan (piano)
Bach Cello Sonata No 2 in D, BWV1028
Beethoven Cello Sonata in C,
Op 102 No 1
Repeated Saturday lpm


Introduced By: Donald MacLeod.
Cello: Lynn Harrell
Piano: Simon Mulligan

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
This week featuring ballets for
Christmas. Conductors Tadaaki Otaka and Thomas Dausgaard , Aleksandar Madzar (piano), Louise Winter (mezzo), Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) Stravinsky Circus Polka
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker (excerpts) Smetana Vltava (Ma Vlast)
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3
Nielsen Symphony No 3 (Sinfonia Espansiva)


Conductors: Tadaaki Otaka
Conductors: Thomas Dausgaard
Piano: Aleksandar Madzar
Piano: Louise Winter
Baritone: Jeremy Huw Williams

: Diva!

Natalie Wheen talks to four of this century's greatest divas about the divas who have influenced or impressed them. 1: Montserrat Caballe's selection includes Birgit Nilsson , Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas.
Producer Adam Gatehouse


Talks: Natalie Wheen
Unknown: Birgit Nilsson
Unknown: Joan Sutherland
Unknown: Maria Callas.
Producer: Adam Gatehouse

: Music to Die For

Eight contemporary novelists mark their responses to a single moment in classical music with a specially commissioned piece of writing. 1: Bernard MacLaverty on Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Producer Christopher Cook


Unknown: Bernard MacLaverty
Producer: Christopher Cook

: A Medieval Christmas

Music for Christmas past and present, including medieval carois. plainchant hymns and contemporary explorations of the season.
Producer Gautam Rangarajan


Producer: Gautam Rangarajan

: Music Rooms

Ten programmes in which
Natalie Wheen is invited into the private room of a distinguished musician whose identity is only gradually revealed. The first location is an elegant Victorian house in west London, whose occupant has a number of non-musical enthusiasms.
Devised by John Evans. Producer Andrew Lyle


Unknown: Natalie Wheen
Unknown: John Evans.
Producer: Andrew Lyle

: Discovering Music withLeonard Slatkin

The first of ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic bring a fresh approach to listening to music. 1: A look at rhythm. How do composers use it, and how do we hear it? Leonard Slatkin explores rhythmic patterns as he conducts and then deconstructs The Rite of Spring to show how Stravinsky puts individual orchestral parts together. Then he looks at the way Ravel uses rhythm in a complete performance of Bolero.
Producer Edwina Wolstencroft


Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Unknown: Leonard Slatkin
Producer: Edwina Wolstencroft

: Christmas Cocktails

Five programmes exploring dance band recordings from 1930-45. 1: Christmas Swing. Numbers recorded in the 1930s and 1940s by the American swing bands of Hal Kemp , Chick Webb , the Dorsey
Brothers and Jimmie Lunceford ; from
Paris, guitarist Django Reinhardt ; and appearances by vocalists
Frances Langford , Louis Jordan , Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Producer John Thornley


Unknown: Hal Kemp
Unknown: Chick Webb
Unknown: Jimmie Lunceford
Guitarist: Django Reinhardt
Unknown: Frances Langford
Unknown: Louis Jordan
Unknown: Bing Crosby
Producer: John Thornley

: Performance on 3

From the BBC Proms 1998
Another chance to hear nine of the most memorable concerts of the 1998 BBC Proms season.
1: Prom 54, given on 30 August. contained a Proms first: Elgar's dramatic oratorio The Apostles. BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Andrew Davis


Conductor: Andrew Davis
Virgin/Angel: Felicity Lott (soprano)
Mary Magdalene: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo)
John: Thomas Randle (tenor)
Jesus: Anthony Michaels-Moore (baritone)
Peter: Steven Page (bass-Baritone)
Judas: John Tomlinson (bass)

: Postscript

Rainer Hersch 's 20th-century Retrospective
Rainer Hersch presents five personal and idiosyncratic studies of the music of our century.
1: Holding the Book Upside Down. The Second Viennese School and atonality. Producer Chris Neill


Unknown: Rainer Hersch
Unknown: Rainer Hersch
Producer: Chris Neill

: Voices

Christmas with Gerald Fmley. Gerald Finley introduces and sings his favourite Christmas songs in conversation with lain Burnside.
Including music by Wolf, Grieg,
Poulenc and Stemdale-Bennett, plus Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Repeated from last Tuesday


Unknown: Gerald Fmley.
Introduces: Gerald Finley
Baritone: Gerald Finley
Piano: Julius Drake

: Mixing It

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall talk to minimalist pioneer Terry Riley about three pieces that have made a big impact on him.
Producer Ekene Akalawu


Unknown: Mark Russell
Unknown: Robert Sandall
Unknown: Terry Riley
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

: Jazz Notes

Harry Edison reminisces with Alyn Shipton about his work with Count Basie and Lucky Millinder. Producer Terry Carter


Unknown: Harry Edison
Unknown: Alyn Shipton
Unknown: Lucky Millinder.
Producer: Terry Carter

: Composer of the Week: Johann Sebastian Bach

The Young Bach
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565; Partita Diverse sopra
'Christe, der Du Bist der Helle Tag", BWV766 No 1; Cantata No 106:
Gottes Zeit 1st der Allerbeste Zeit ; Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr,
BWV715; Capriccio in B flat, BWV992 Repeated from last Monday


Unknown: Allerbeste Zeit
Unknown: Allein Gott

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Beethoven Prelude and Fugue in D, Op 137 (Hess 40); String
Quartet in A minor, Op 132 Artemis Quartet. Lars Anders Tomter (viola)
2.15 Salnt-Saens Symphony No 3 in C minor (Organ) UNAM PO, conductor Ronald Zollman
2.55 Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K466 Miguel Angel
Estrella, Berne SO/Dmitri Kitaenko
3.50 Prokofiev Pensees, Op 62 Roger Woodward (piano)
4.05 Field Rondo in A flat Eckart
Selheim (piano), Collegium Aureum, conductor Franjosef Maier
4.30 Boccherini Guitar Quintet in C, G453 (La Ritrata di Madrid) Moscow Quartet. Miguel Trapiyaga (guitar)
5.15 Beethoven Piano Sonata in A flat.
Op 26 Katalin Komlos (fortepiano)


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Viola: Lars Anders Tomter
Conductor: Ronald Zollman
Unknown: Miguel Angel

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