Stephanie Hughes introduces arts news and music, including at 6.15 Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1 played by Maxim Vengerov ; at 7.04
Mozart's Piano Quartet in E flat, K493; and at 8.04 music by Bach played by Keith Jarrett.
With Peter Hobday.
Glazunov Spring (The Seasons) Minnesota Orchestra, conductor Edo de Waart
9.07 Cimarosa, arr Benjamin Oboe Concerto in C minor
Leon Goossens ,
Liverpool Philharmonic, conductor Malcolm Sargent
9.19 Chopin Three Studies. Op posth Artur Rubinstein (piano)
9.26 Puccini Principessa di Morte (Turandot) Joan Sutherland
(soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor). John Alldis Choir ,
London Philharmonic, conductor Zubin Mehta
9.42 Chopin Fantasy in F minor. Op 49 Murray Perahia (piano)
9.55 Dvorak String Quintet in E flat. Op 97 Raphael Ensemble
A Christmas Selection:
As a child, Vladimir Ashkenazy used to spend all his pocket money on concert tickets, indulging his passion for orchestral concerts. He talks to
Joan Bakewell about how, in his early thirties, he started conducting for fun. He has since been associated with major orchestras such as the Cleveland, the Philharmoma, the Concertgebouw and the Berlin
Symphony. The programme includes excerpts from symphonies by Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Repeat
With Peggy Reynolds.
4: The Nutcracker. The story of Tchaikovsky's ballet was suggested to him by the choreographer Marius Petipa and based on a story by ETA Hoffmann. The action takes place at a party on Christmas Eve, where the mysterious Herr Drosselmayer arrives with presents for the children Clara and Fritz. Clara is given the Nutcracker, who comes alive in her dreams, defeats the Mouse King in battle and sweeps her off to his magic Kingdom of Sweets ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy. There she and the Nutcracker (now a handsome pnnce) are lavishly entertained. Music is performed by the LSO, conductor Charles Mackerras.
"During the 20 years I played the organ at the Madeleine. I improvised constantly, giving my fancy the widest range. That was one of the joys of life But there was a tradition that I was a severe, austere musician ..."
With David Byers.
Symphony No 3 in C minor (Organ)
Gillian Weir (organ), Ulster Orchestra, conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier
Oboe Sonata in D. Op 166
Nicholas Daniel , Julius Drake (piano) Repeated next Thursday 12 midnight
Lucie Skeaping introduces a week of BBC invitation concerts from historic venues in Kent and Sussex.
4: Sophie Yates and Richard Egarr perform Baroque keyboard works on the historic instruments of Finchcocks in Goudhurst, Kent. JC Bach Duet in F. Op 18 No 6
JS Bach Toccata in E minor. BWV914
Soler Concerto in G
WF Bach Sonata in F. F10
Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Wayne Marshall (piano)
Gershwin Cuban Overture; Piano
Concerto in F: Suite: Catfish Row
(Porgy and Bess); Rhapsody No 2; Walking the Dog (Film music: Shall We Dance); An American in Paris
The third of four programmes in which Michael Oliver talks to leading performers of Mozart's operatic roles about the technical, stylistic and interpretative challenges this music presents, illustrated with recordings from the past and present. His guest in this programme is Joan Rodgers.
Eight contemporary novelists mark their responses to a single moment in classical music with a specially commissioned piece of writing. 7: Anne Fine on Bach preludes.
Music for Christmas past and present.
In this ninth programme, Natalie Wheen encounters an energetic presence near a north London swimming pool.
with Leonard Slatkin
Ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC
Philharmonic bring a fresh approach to listening to music.
9: This programme looks at interpretation - how the performer deals with music. Is adagio the same speed it was 50 years ago? Does the note F sound the same as it did
200 years ago? And how do performers cope when the composer leaves two different editions of the same piece, as Rossini did with his overture The Thieving Magpie?
Leonard Slatkin compares versions of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 2, muses on the importance of getting the proportions right within a piece, and is joined by the BBCPO to play Elgar's Nimrod from the Enigma Variations.
The third of four programmes in which Robert Cushman introduces classic cabaret recordings.
From the BBC Proms 1998
Another chance to hear nine of the most memorable concerts of the 1998 BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall , London.
8: Prom 60, given on 3 September, featured one of the great world orchestras playing Mahler's titanic fifth symphony and a major new work by Birtwistle commissioned for
Chicago. It is based on the idea of discontinuous time and takes the moment just before midnight as a point of departure into a new world. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conductor Daniel Barenboim
Mahler Symphony No 5 Repeat
The Shakespeare Trade
Peter Holland talks to ten Shakespeare experts about the Bard today.
4: Queer Shakespeare? Bruce Smith and Alan Sinfield discuss gay interpretations of The Merchant of Venice.
Some favourite Schubert songs in a performance from the 1998 Schwetzingen Festival. Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Helmut Deutsch (piano)
Rastlose Liebe ; Erster Verlust ;
Suleika 1; Set Mir Gegrusst. D741; Dass Sie Hier Gewesen ; Du Bist die Ruh; Lachen und Weinen; Geheimes; An den Mond. D296: Klarchens Lied;
Dass Sie Hier
8: Adrian Jack samples the Neapolitan Sixth.
Next programme tomorrow 12.50pm
Six programmes in which
Robert Cushman presents a personal view of musicals, with songs from original cast recordings - some familiar. some less well known.
6: Clowns. A tribute to some musical comedy people who really were comic - and musical as well: Fanny Brice , Zero Mostel, Bob Hope ,
Martha Raye , Sid Caesar and others
As the year draws to a close, Jazz on 3 presents highlights of the first 36 weeks of the show, featuring the picK of I ive contemporary jazz recorded in Britain and the USA. Tonight, there is another chance to hear excerpts from some of the most popular broadcasts, including Dave Holland , John Scofield , Michael Brecker ,
Kenny Wheeler , Geoff Keezer , Paul Motian and Nils Petter Molvaer.
With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Berlin Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti , Mario Brunello (cello)
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin Milhaud Cello Concerto No 2
Ravel Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
2.10 Uszt Piano Sonata in 6 minor
3.35 Prokofiev Symphony No 7
Metropolitan Orchestra/Agnes Grossmann
4.30 Chopin Andante Sptanato and Grande Polonaise Brillante
Janina Fialkowska , Kitchener-WaterloO
Symphony Orchestra/Raffi Armenian
5.05 Brahms Piano Trio In B, Op 8 Andrea Pecolo (violin),
Giuseppe Barutti (cello),
Elisabetta Bocchese (piano)