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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny previews the opera and ballet on television over Christmas.
Music includes at 6.05 Monteverdi's
Beatus Vir performed by the Taverner Consort; at 7.05 Telemann's In Dulci Jubilo played by Collegium Musicum 90: and at 8.20 an excerpt from
Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.


Played By: Collegium Musicum

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn Bamberg Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Rudolf Kempe
9.17 Beethoven String Quartet in A, Op 18 No 5 Italian Quartet
9.48 Handel Chaconne in G. HWV435
Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)
9.56 Helnlchen Pastorale in A Musica
Antiqua Koln , director Reinhard Goebel
10.03 Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noel Choir and Orchestra of Les
Musiciens du Louvre, conductor Marc Minkowski


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
Harpsichord: Trevor Pinnock
Musica: Antiqua Koln
Director: Reinhard Goebel
Conductor: Marc Minkowski

: Artist of the Week

A Christmas Selection:
Gundula Janowitz
Joan Bakewell talks to German soprano Gundula Janowitz about the beginning of her career, It was hearing a performance of Wagner's Die
Meistersinger at 12 that made her want to be a singer. Barely ten years later, she was singing for Karajan in Vienna and for Knappertsbusch at the Bayreuth Festival. Repeat


Unknown: Gundula Janowitz
Talks: Joan Bakewell
Soprano: Gundula Janowitz

: Sound Stories

The Christmas Story
Richard Baker tells the story of the Three Wise Men in words and music, including:
Cornelius, arr Atkins The Three Kings Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Neville Marriner
Resplghl Adoration of the Magi
(Botticelli Pictures) City of London Sinfonia, conductor Richard Hickox Strauss Die Heiligen Drei Könige,
Op 56 No 6 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor George Szell
Menottl Suite: Amahl and the Night Visitors (excerpts) New Zealand SO, conductor Andrew Schenck


Unknown: Richard Baker
Unknown: St Martin
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Soprano: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Conductor: George Szell
Conductor: Andrew Schenck

: Composer of the Week: Bizet

Always attracted by the exotic, Bizet indulged this fascination in the opera Djamileh. The story of a slave girl, sold as a mistress and still willingly coming back for more, plumbs new depths of political incorrectness, but the music gave Bizet a new direction that would eventually lead to Carmen. Overture: Djamileh BBC Concert
Orchestra, conductor Jose Serebrier
Djamileh (excerpts)
Bavarian Radio Orchestra, conductor Lamberto Gardelli
Farewell to the Arab Hostess Ann
Murray (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano) L'Arlesienne: Suite No 1
BBC NOW, conductor Tadaaki Otaka
Grande Valse de Concert
M Setrak (piano)
Guitare Ann Murray (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)


Conductor: Jose Serebrier
Piano: Graham Johnson
Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka
Conductor: Grande Valse
Guitare: Ann Murray
Piano: Graham Johnson
Djamileh: Lucia Popp (soprano)

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Music for Advent and Christmas

Susan Sharpe introduces the last of five weekly concerts for the Christmas season, recorded in the 12th-century Temple Church in London.
O Magnum Mysterium. The Choir of Temple Church and organist James Vivian are directed by Stephen Layton in a mixed programme of Christmas music ranging from piainchant to works by Howells and Richard Rodney Bennett, Poulenc's Four
Christmas Motets and traditional carols.


Introduces: Susan Sharpe
Organist: James Vivian
Directed By: Stephen Layton
Unknown: Richard Rodney Bennett

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductors Paul Mann and Tadaaki Otaka
Ravel Suite: Mother Goose
Prokofiev Symphony No 5
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (excerpts)

: Diva!

Natalie Wheen talks to four of this century's greatest divas.
3: Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson.


Talks: Natalie Wheen
Soprano: Birgit Nilsson.

: Music to Die For

Eight contemporary novelists mark their responses to a single moment in classical music with a specially commissioned piece of writing. 3: Gillian Slovo on Carl Orff 's
Carmina Burana.


Unknown: Gillian Slovo
Unknown: Carl Orff

: A Medieval Christmas

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

: Music Rooms

In the fourth of ten programmes, Natalie Wheen climbs to the fifth floor of a des res in central London to find a secluded balcony - and a musical treasure trove.


Unknown: Natalie Wheen

: Discovering Musicwith Leonard Slatkin

Ten programmes in which
Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic bring a fresh approach to listening to music. 4: Composer Aaron Copland wrote that "timbre in music is analogous to colour in painting". How do composers use tone colour? What mood do different instruments create? How would the opening of Beethoven's Fifth sound if he had written it for brass?
Leonard Slatkin and the BBCPO try out a few alternative orchestrations - and end with a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol.


Unknown: Leonard Slatkin
Unknown: Aaron Copland
Unknown: Leonard Slatkin

: Christmas Cocktails

4: I'm Going Home for Christmas
Seasonal and unseasonal numbers by Noel Coward , Irving Benin and others, with the dance orchestras of Dick Robertson , Jack Hylton , Ambrose and Sidney Lipton ; and with vocalists Evelyn Dall , Sam Browne , Chips
Chipendall, the Swingtettes and Hutch.


Unknown: Noel Coward
Unknown: Dick Robertson
Unknown: Jack Hylton
Unknown: Sidney Lipton
Unknown: Evelyn Dall
Unknown: Sam Browne

: Performance on 3

From the BBC Proms 1998
Another chance to hear ten of the most memorable concerts of the 1998 BBC Proms season.
4: Prom 65, given on 6 September, honoured the life and immense achievement of Michael Tippett with the work that made his name.
Deborah Riedel (soprano).
Nora Gubisch (mezzo), Jerry Hadley (tenor), John Tomlinson (bass). London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis
Beethoven, arr Davis/Matthews String Quartet in E flat, Op 127
Tippett A Child of Our Time Repeat


Unknown: Michael Tippett
Soprano: Deborah Riedel
Soprano: Nora Gubisch
Tenor: Jerry Hadley
Tenor: John Tomlinson
Conductor: Colin Davis

: Postscript

Rainer Hersch 's 20th-century Retrospective
4: The Rite Stuff. An abbreviated guide to the good, bad and indifferent musical premieres of our times and why one might want to avoid them.


Unknown: Rainer Hersch

: Fibonacci Sequence

Introduced by Nicola Heywood Thomas. Mozart Oboe Quartet in F, K370
Beethoven Quintet in E flat for Piano and Wind, Op 16


Introduced By: Nicola Heywood Thomas.

: Book, Music and Lyrics

3: The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 Until 1929, the Ziegfeld Follies were synonymous with Broadway beauty, flamboyance and extravagance. After the crash, they became leaner, wittier and more musical.

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton remembers the great trumpeters of the Basie Band.


Unknown: Alyn Shipton

: Composer of the Week: Bach

The Young Bach
Schlafe Konnen Sicher Weiden
(Cantata No 208)
Emma Kirkby (soprano), Parley of Instruments, director Roy Goodman Concerto in A minor, BWV593 (after Vivaldi) Jean-Patrice Brosse (organ)
Canon a 4, BWV1073 Musica Antiqua Koln, director Reinhard Goebel Cantata No 199: Mein Herze
Schwimmt im Blut Nancy Argenta (soprano), Ensemble Sonnerie, director Monica Huggett
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G Musica Antiqua Koln , director Reinhard Goebei Repeated from last Thursday


Soprano: Emma Kirkby
Director: Roy Goodman
Unknown: Musica Antiqua
Director: Reinhard Goebel
Unknown: Mein Herze
Director: Monica Huggett
Unknown: Musica Antiqua Koln
Director: Reinhard Goebei

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 High Mass for Christmas
A re-creation of a high mass as it might have been celebrated in St Mark's in Venice in about 1600, with chant and fanfares taken from the archives of the Doge's basilica. With music by Gabrieli and de Rore, including the latter's
Missa Praeter Rerum Serium. Gabrieli
Consort and Players/Paul McCreesh
2.20 Wagner Siegfried Idyll Bamberg SO, conductor Horst Stein
2.45 Weber Missa Sancta No 2 in G
(Jubelmesse) Henriette Schellenberg (soprano), Laveme G'Froerer (mezzo), Keith Boldt (tenor), George Roberts
(baritone), Vancouver Chamber Choir, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, conductor Jon Washburn
3.10 Krommer Clarinet Concerto in E flat, Op 36 Slavko Goricar , Slovenian PO, conductor Simon Robinson
3.35 Mozart Symphony No 25 in G minor, K183 CBC Vancouver
Orchestra, conductor Mario Bemardi
4.00 Chopin Twelve Etudes, Op 10 William Aide (piano)
5.05 Ruppe Christmas Cantata Bouzignac Ensemble, Musica ad Rhenum, conductor Jed Wentz


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conductor: Horst Stein
Soprano: Henriette Schellenberg
Tenor: Keith Boldt
Tenor: George Roberts
Conductor: Jon Washburn
Unknown: Slavko Goricar
Conductor: Simon Robinson
Conductor: Mario Bemardi
Conductor: Jed Wentz

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