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: On Air

Stephanie Hughes introduces arts news and music, including at
6.30 Gounod's Little Symphony for Wind Instruments; at 7.04 Berlioz's Overture: Beatrice et Benedict; and after the 8.00 news pianist Emil Gilels playing Brahms.


Introduces: Stephanie Hughes
Pianist: Emil Gilels

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
MacCunn Overture: The Land of the Mountain and the Rood
Scottish National Orchestra, conductor Alexander Gibson
9.12 Chopin Twelve Studies, Op 25 Louis Lortie (piano)
9.48 Schumann Three Romances, Op 94 Leon Goossens (oboe), George Malcolm (piano)
10.00 Borodin Symphony No 2 in B minor Royal Philharmonic, conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Alexander Gibson
Piano: Louis Lortie
Oboe: Leon Goossens
Piano: George Malcolm
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy

: Artist of the Week

A Christmas Selection:
Barbara Bonney
Lyric soprano Barbara Bonney talks to Joan Bakewell about her vocal style and the technique involved when working with period-instrument orchestras and their conductors, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and John Eliot Gardiner. The programme includes music by Bach, Handel and Haydn. Repeat


Unknown: Barbara Bonney
Soprano: Barbara Bonney
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Unknown: John Eliot Gardiner.

: Sound Stories

With Peggy Reynolds.
3: La Fille Mal Gardee. Ferdinand
Herald's ballet La Fille Mal Gardee is the comic story, roughly translated, of The Unchaperoned Daughter. Lise is in love with the handsome Colas, but her mother Simone wants to marry her off to the son of a local vinegrower - the simple, bumbling Alain. They are both horrified at the suggestion, but their parents have made a deal. When Simone finds
Lise and Colas dancing together, she is furious, but pacified when the villagers ask her to dance - the clog dance immortalised by Frederick Ashton in his interpretation of the role. Music is taken from the recording by the Royal Liverpool PO, conductor Barry Wordsworth.


Unknown: Peggy Reynolds.
Unknown: Frederick Ashton
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.

: Composer of the Week: Saint-Saens

"For many, programme music is a necessarily inferior genre. Much has been written about it which I find impossible to understand. Is the music in itself good or bad? Everything depends on that. Whether it has a programme or not, it will neither be better nor worse." (Saint-Saens).
David Byers samples Saint-Saens's music with and without a storyline. Romance in F Michael Thompson (horn), Ulster Orchestra, conductor Kenneth Montgomery Danse Macabre Philharmonia , conductor Charles Dutoit
Romance in D flat Gary Arbuthnot (flute), Ulster Orchestra, conductor Kenneth Montgomery
Le Rouet d'Omphale Philharmonia, conductor Charles Dutoit
Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor
Jean-Philippe Collard , RPO, conductor Andre Previn
Repeated next Wednesday 12 midnight


Unknown: David Byers
Horn: Michael Thompson
Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery
Conductor: Danse MacAbre Philharmonia
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Flute: Gary Arbuthnot
Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Unknown: Jean-Philippe Collard
Conductor: Andre Previn

: The Radio 3Lunchtime Concert

Lucie Skeaping introduces a week of BBC invitation concerts from historic venues in Kent and Sussex.
3: In Penshurst Place in Kent. ancestral home of the Sidney family, Rufus Muller (tenor) and Christopher Wilson (lute/guitar) perform settings of the poetry of Philip Sidney and Ben Jonson by Dowland, Ferrabosco, Morley and Robert Johnson.


Introduces: Lucie Skeaping
Tenor: Rufus Muller
Tenor: Christopher Wilson
Unknown: Philip Sidney
Unknown: Ben Jonson
Unknown: Robert Johnson.

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Conductors Owain Arwel Hughes and Yan Pascal Tortelier
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ; Symphony No 9 Elgar Introduction and Allegro; Enigma Variations


Conductors: Owain Arwel Hughes
Unknown: Thomas Tallis

: The Harmonic Series

6: Adrian Jack falls under the spell of the so-called Tristan chord and reaps the consequences.
Next programme 10.35pm


Unknown: Adrian Jack

: Choral Evensong

From St Bnde's Church,
Fleet Street, London. Introit: Dormi Jesus (Cooper) Responses (Clucas)
Psalms 147 and 148 (Marsh, Robinson)
First Lesson: Isaiah 61
Office Hymn: Bethelehem, of Noblest Cities (Stuttgart)
Canticles: Parry in D (Great Service) Second Lesson: Matthew 16, wl3-20
Anthem: 0 Holy Night (Adolphe Adam , arr Rutter)
Hymn: 0 Little Town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)
Organ Voluntary: Rapsodie sur des Noels (Gigout)
Director of music Robert Jones.
Organist David Soar.


Unknown: Adolphe Adam
Organist: Robert Jones.
Organist: David Soar.

: A Medieval Christmas

Music for Christmas past and present.

: Music Rooms

Passing through Tuscany in this eighth programme, Natalie Wheen encounters an unusual musical partnership.


Unknown: Natalie Wheen

: Discovering Musicwith Leonard Slatkin

8: "Every symphony is a sonata for orchestra," says Leonard Slatkin , who is joined by the BBCPO to explain why composers find this combination so satisying and to reveal some clues on how to get more out of listening to any kind of sonata. They end by working out how Beethoven used sonata form in his
Symphony No 5 in C minor.


Unknown: Leonard Slatkin

: Performance on 3

The Golden Cockerel
From Sadler's Wells, the new Royal Opera production of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera based on a story by Pushkin - a surrealistic fantasy in which doddery old King Dodon takes the advice of an astrologer and his magic golden cockerel and goes to war. He ends up defeated and seduced by the exotic Queen of Shemakha. The implied satire of the tsar caused the opera to be banned by the Russian censor: it was not performed until after the composer's death. Sung in Russian.
Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Act
7.45 The Coq and the Tsar
An investigation into the satirical intent behind Belsky's adaptation of Pushkin's tale and Rimsky-Korsakov's further alterations.
8.10 Acts 2 and 3


Queen of Shemakha: Elena Kelessidi (soprano)
Golden Cockerel: Gillian Webster (soprano)
Amelfa: Alexandra Dourseneva (contralto)
Astrologer: Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor)
Prince Guidon: Il Y A Levinsky (tenor)
Prince Afron: Garry Magee (baritone)
King Dodon: Paata Burchuladze (bass)
General Polkan: Maxim Mikhailov (bass)

: Postscript

The Shakespeare Trade
Peter Holland talks to ten Shakespeare experts about the Bard today. 3: Shakespeare at the Movies Barbara Hogdon , author of The Shakespeare Trade, and Russell Jackson of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford discuss Romeo and Juliet.


Unknown: Barbara Hogdon
Unknown: Russell Jackson

: Faure

Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 15 James Clark and Ruth Crouch (violins), Catherine Marwood (viola), Ursula Smith (cello),
Graeme McNaught (piano)


Unknown: James Clark
Violins: Ruth Crouch
Viola: Catherine Marwood
Cello: Ursula Smith
Piano: Graeme McNaught

: The Harmonic Series

7: Adrian Jack keeps going in parallel motion.
Next programme tomorrow 10.35pm


Unknown: Adrian Jack

: Book, Music and Lyrics

5: In Memoriam: Ben Bagley and Jerome Robbins. A tribute to two musical theatre notables who died this year: Broadway's greatest director-choreographer and the creator of the Revisited record series, which preserved hundreds of fine and neglected songs.


Unknown: Ben Bagley
Unknown: Jerome Robbins.

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton presents another chance to hear the tribute to
Eddie Condon marking the 25th anniversary of his death. Repeat


Unknown: Alyn Shipton
Unknown: Eddie Condon

: Composer of the Week: Bizet

For details see Wednesday 23rd 12 noon

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Danish State Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Erik Tuxen ,
Victor Schioler (piano) Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor
Brahms Symphony No 1 in C minor
2.35 Handel Agrippina Condotta a Morire Johanna Koslowsky (soprano). Musica Alta Ripa
3.00 Strauss Suite in B flat, Op 4 Ottawa Winds/Michael Goodwin
3.25 Mozart String Quartet in B flat, K458 (Hunt) Virtuoso Quartet
4.10 Saint-Saens Cello Concerto
No 1 in A minor Shauna Rolston ,
Calgary Philharmonic/Mario Bernard!
5.05 Chopin Scherzo No 4 in E. Op 54 Valerie Tryon (piano)
5.20 Schubert Symphony No 6 in C Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conductor: Erik Tuxen
Piano: Victor Schioler
Soprano: Johanna Koslowsky
Soprano: Musica Alta Ripa
Soprano: Strauss Suite
Unknown: Shauna Rolston
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste

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