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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny with music by composers including Rachmaninov,
Mozart and Prokofiev. Plus Respighi's Fountains of Rome before 7.00.

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Gounod Faust (Waltz) Vienna Philharmonic, conductor Rudolf Kempe
9.06 Beethoven String Quartet in G, Op 18 No 2 Brandis Quartet
9.32 Strauss Horn Concerto No 2 in Eflat
Peter Damm , Dresden Staatskapelle, conductor Rudolf Kempe
9.52 Handel Dixit Dominus
Felicity Palmer and Margaret Marshall (sopranos), Charles Brett and John Angelo Messana (countertenors), Richard Morton and Alastair Thompson
David Wilson-Johnson (bass),
Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, conductor John Eliot Gardiner


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
Unknown: Peter Damm
Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
Unknown: Felicity Palmer
Sopranos: Margaret Marshall
Sopranos: Charles Brett
Sopranos: John Angelo Messana
Unknown: Richard Morton
Tenors: Alastair Thompson
Bass: David Wilson-Johnson
Conductor: John Eliot

: Artist of the Week

A Christmas Selection: John Lill
From pub pianist to winner of the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition and a 35-year career: Joan Bakewell talks to John Lill. In today's programme, he talks about his early years. Growing up in east London, he made his concert debut as a nine-year-old and had memorised all of Beethoven's piano music by the time he was 14. The special relationship with Beethoven was to last - his Festival Hall debut came at 18, playing the Emperor Concerto.


Unknown: John Lill
Talks: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

The Christmas Story
Richard Baker tells the story of Jesus's birth in words and music, including: Handel For unto Us a Child Is Born
(Messiah) Soloists, English Concert, director Trevor Pinnock
Poulenc 0 Magnum Mysterium (Christmas Motets)
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, conductor Richard Marlow
Charpentler Noels sur les Instruments Instrumental ensemble. director Paul Colleaux


Unknown: Richard Baker
Conductor: Richard Marlow
Conductor: Charpentler Noels
Director: Paul Colleaux

: Composer of the Week: Bizet

As a winner of the Prix de Rome,
Bizet was entitled to have one of his operas staged at the Opera Comique in Paris. Although it survived only 18 performances, The Pearl Fishers later became famous for its duet Au Fond du Temple Saint. Fiona Talkington introduces highlights from the opera.
Toulouse Capitole Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Michel Plasson Repeated Tuesday 29 December 12 midnight


Introduces: Fiona Talkington
Conductor: Michel Plasson
Leila: Barbara Hendricks (soprano)
Nadir: John Aler (tenor)
Zurga: Gino Quilico (baritone)
Nourabad: Jean-Philippe Courtis (bass)

: The Radio 3Lunchtime Concert

I Fagiolini play Christmas music from the Renaissance and the early Baroque, ranging from a piece in imitation of bells - Das Glaut zu Speyer by Ludwig Senfl - to seasonal music by Byrd and Lassus. Repeat


Unknown: Das Glaut

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier,
Tzimon Barto (piano)
Berlioz Overture: Le Corsaire
Prokofiev Suite: Romeo and Juliet
Ravel Piano Concerto in G;
Menuet Antique
Stravinsky Suite: The Firebird (1945 version)


Piano: Tzimon Barto

: Diva!

Natalie Wheen talks to four of this century's greatest divas about the divas who have influenced or impressed them.
2: Regine Crespin 's chosen divas include Marilyn Horne , Kirsten Flagstad and Leyla Gencer.


Talks: Natalie Wheen
Unknown: Regine Crespin
Unknown: Marilyn Horne
Unknown: Kirsten Flagstad
Unknown: Leyla Gencer.

: Music to Die For

Eight contemporary novelists mark their responses to a single moment in classical music with a specially commissioned piece of writing. 2: AL Kennedy on Sweelinck's Fantasia in D.

: A Medieval Christmas

Music for Christmas past and present. including medieval carols, plainchant hymns and contemporary explorations of the season.

: Music Rooms

Ten programmes in which Natalie Wheen is invited into the private room of a distinguished musician whose identity is only gradually revealed - in conversation and with some more or less helpful musical hints. In this second programme, she makes a flying visit to the French capital to meet an American in Paris.


Unknown: Natalie Wheen

: Discovering Musicwith Leonard Slatkin

Ten daily programmes for the Christmas season in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic bring a fresh approach to listening to music.
2: We all know a beautiful tune when we hear one, but how do composers weave their magic phrases? Leonard Slatkin and the BBCPO explore melody in its various manifestations. They rewrite a Tchaikovsky melody to prove that composers usually do know best. outline the scale systems which Debussy and Webern used in Voiles and the Variations, Op 27, and end the programme by working out how Brahms used one of his greatest melodies in the last movement of his
Symphony No 1 in C minor.


Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Unknown: Leonard Slatkin

: Christmas Cocktails

Five programmes exploring dance band recordings from Britain and America from 1930-45.
2: A Heavenly Party. Dance band music recorded in 1930s London, with the orchestras of Lew Stone ,
Jack Jackson , Mantovani, Harry Roy , Geraldo, Roy Fox. Sidney Lipton and Ray Noble , and the BBC Dance Orchestra, conductor Henry Hall.


Unknown: Lew Stone
Unknown: Jack Jackson
Unknown: Harry Roy
Unknown: Roy Fox.
Unknown: Sidney Lipton
Unknown: Ray Noble
Conductor: Henry Hall.

: Performance on 3

From the BBC Proms 1998
2: Prom 40, given on 18 August, featured "noises, sounds and sweet airs" to beguile the ear in George Benjamin 's new work based on The Tempest. This brief flight of magic is the highlight of a programme ranging from the religious fervour of Messiaen's holy vision to the sensual pleasures of Robin Holloway 's choral fresco and Scriabin's Poem.
David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductors
Oliver Knussen and Stephen Cleobury Messiaen L 'Ascension
George Benjamin Sometime Voices Robin Holloway Hymn to the Senses Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy Repeat


Unknown: George Benjamin
Unknown: Robin Holloway
Baritone: David Wilson-Johnson
Conductors: Oliver Knussen
Conductors: Stephen Cleobury

: Postscript

Rainer Hersch 's 20th-Century Retrospective
Rainer Hersch presents five personal and idiosyncratic studies of the music of our century.
2: The Best Alive or Dead. Who were the great musicians of this century?


Unknown: Rainer Hersch
Unknown: Rainer Hersch

: Celebrity Trio

Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Heinrich Schiff (cello)
Schubert String Trio in B flat, D471 Schoenberg String Trio, Op 45
Mozart Divertimento in E flat, K563


Violin: Thomas Zehetmair
Viola: Tabea Zimmermann
Cello: Heinrich Schiff
Unknown: Mozart Divertimento

: Book, Music and Lyrics

Six programmes in which
Robert Cushman presents a personal view of musicals, with songs from original cast recordings - some familiar, some less well known.
1: New Shows, Older Voices
Broadway's older masters Stephen Sondheim , Cy Coleman and Kander and Ebb remain productive. This programme looks at their latest shows, at a rediscovered early
Sondheim, and at contemporary phenomena such as Titanic and Rent. Producer Jonathan James-Moore


Unknown: Robert Cushman
Unknown: Stephen Sondheim
Unknown: Cy Coleman
Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton presents Harry Edison in concert with Red Holloway and the Colin Purbrook Trio in 1996.


Unknown: Harry Edison

: Composer of the Week: Bach

The Young Bach
Toccata in D minor, BWV913;
Pedal-Exercitium, BWV598; Cantata No 131: Aus der Tiefe Rufe Ich , Herr, zu Dir; Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582 Repeated from last Tuesday


Unknown: Tiefe Rufe Ich

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 The Bach Family
JS Bach Orchestral Suite No 4 in D,
BWV1069 La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken JC Bach Quintet in D,
Op 22 No 1 Musica Petropolitana
JCF Bach Quartet No 3 in C for Flute, Violin, Viola and Continuo Les Adieux
JS Bach Partita No 2 in D minor,
BWV1004 Sigiswald Kuijken (violin)
3.10 Karg-Elert Passacaglia and Fugue on BACH, Op 150 Charles Le Wolff (organ)
3.30 Arriaga String Quartet No 1 in D minor Moscow Quartet
3.55 Vivaldi Gloria in D. RV589
Consortium Musicum Choir, Slovenian
PO, conductor Marko Munih
4.25 Leevi Madetoja Symphonic Suite Finnish RSO/Jukka-Pekka Saraste
5.15 Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 Desmond Hoebig, Andreas Tunis (piano)


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Charles Le Wolff
Unknown: Vivaldi Gloria
Conductor: Marko Munih

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