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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny presents arts news and music, including at 6.45 Bach's Double Violin Concerto in D minor,
BWV1043, with soloists
Jaap Schroder and Christopher Hirons and the Academy of Ancient Music, director Christopher Hogwood ; before the 8.00 news Mendelssohn's
Overture for Wind Instruments played by Consortium Classicum; and after the 8.00 news Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro played by Tasmin Little (violin) and Piers Lane (piano).


Soloists: Jaap Schroder
Soloists: Christopher Hirons
Director: Christopher Hogwood
Played By: Tasmin Little

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Haydn Piano Trio in E flat, H XV 29 Beaux Arts Trio
9.17 Dowland M John Langton Pavan Fretwork, director Christopher Wilson (lute)
9.22 lbert Escales
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit
9.37 Michael Haydn Two Partsongs Die Singphoniker
9.43 Strauss Ein Heldenleben New York Philharmonic, conductor Willem Mengelberg


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Unknown: John Langton Pavan
Director: Christopher Wilson
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Conductor: Michael Haydn
Conductor: Willem Mengelberg

: Artist of the Week

Emanuel Ax
Pianist Emanuel Ax talks to Joan
Bakewell about his 25-year career.
With music by Liszt, Haydn and Chopin.

: Sound Stories

Feuds Corner
With Richard Baker. Maria Callas was once described as having a superhuman inferiority complex.
Renata Tebaldi , claimed the general manager of the New York Met, had "dimples of iron". The rivalry between these two great sopranos led to fiercely catty comments passing between them as their singing reached ever greater heights. The programme includes
Maria Callas singing Casta Diva (Norma), Gualtier Malde (Rigoletto), Divinités du Styx (Alceste) and Un Bel Di (Madam Butterfly), and Renata Tebaldi singing L'Altra Notte
(Mefistofele), Ecco Respira Appena (Adriana Lecouvreur ), La Mamma Morta (Andrea Chenier) and two songs by Mozart.


Unknown: Richard Baker.
Unknown: Maria Callas
Unknown: Renata Tebaldi
Unknown: Maria Callas
Unknown: Gualtier Malde
Unknown: Renata Tebaldi
Unknown: Adriana Lecouvreur
Unknown: La Mamma Morta

: Composer of the Week: Rimsky-Korsakov

Rlmsky at the Opera
Piers Burton-Page introduces Rimsky-Korsakov's final operatic works.
Suite: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh BBC Philharmonic, conductor Edward Downes
0 Vain Illusion of Glory and Grandeur (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh) Boris Christoff (bass), Philharmonia, conductor Wilhelm Schuchter
Suite: The Golden Cockerel
Russian National Orchestra, conductor Mikhail Pletnev
Repeated next Friday 12 midnight


Conductor: Edward Downes
Bass: Boris Christoff
Conductor: Wilhelm Schuchter
Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Organ and Friends
Birmingham City organist
Thomas Trotter joins forces with Paul Watkins in a concert of music for organ and cello given last year at St Phillip's Cathedral, Birmingham.
Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542 (Great)
Saint-Saens Prière; Danse Macabre (arr Lemare)
Walton Passacaglia
Dupre Cello Sonata in A minor, Op 60


Organist: Thomas Trotter
Unknown: Paul Watkins

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Andrew Davis , Felicity Lott (soprano), Viktoria Mullova (violin)
Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Strauss Four Last Songs
Debussy Prélude a I'Apres-Midi d'un Faune
Bartok Violin Concerto No 2
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements


Conductor: Andrew Davis
Soprano: Felicity Lott

: Music Restored

Repeated from yesterday 10pm

: Music Machine

National Anthems
Tommy Pearson goes to Scotland, home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, to attend the premiere of The Ankh-Morpork National Anthem, written specially for Music Machine by Terry Pratchett and Carl Davis.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson
Unknown: Terry Pratchett
Unknown: Carl Davis.

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty concludes a week in which he has discovered the characters behind some of the smallest and most adventurous record labels. Music tonight includes Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen and Isaac Stern playing Bach's Violin Concerto in E, BWV1042.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Isaac Stern

: Visions: the Music of Olivier Messiaen

BBC Symphony Orchestra I From Westminster
Cathedral, London, the first of eight concerts from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual weekend celebration of the life and music of a leading 20th-century composer. This year, the featured composer is French master
Olivier Messiaen. In this concert, Rosemary Hardy is the soloist in the sumptuous love songs from 1936, Poemes pour Mi. After the interval,
Messiaen's last masterpiece, Eclairs sur I'Au-Dela (Illuminations of the Beyond), which was premiered shortly after his death in 1992. Introduced by John Tusa. Conductor Andrew Davis ,
Rosemary Hardy (soprano) Messiaen Poemes pour Mi
8.00 Interval
Messiaen created an extraordinary soundworld inspired by his passion for birdsong and his deep Catholic faith. This is the first of two interval programmes exploring the man behind the music.
8.15 Messiaen Eclairs sur I'Au-Delci Next programme 10pm


Unknown: Olivier Messiaen.
Unknown: Rosemary Hardy
Introduced By: John Tusa.
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Soprano: Rosemary Hardy
Soprano: Messiaen Poemes

: Postscript

The Red Flag and the Red Mask With Paul Neuberg. 5: Born of Betrayal
In Eastern Europe, writers and artists moved from postwar fervour to a sense of betrayal after Stalin's death in 1953. Their call for an end to lies and oppression finally precipitated the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 against the Communist regime.


Unknown: Paul Neuberg.

: Visions: the Music of Olivier Messiaen

LIVE From Westminster Cathedral, I London. Messiaen's nine pieces "to honour the maternity of the Holy Virgin" are performed by the organist who was Messiaen's successor at La Trinite in Paris.
Naji Hakim (organ)
Messiaen La Nativité du Seigneur Next programme tomorrow 2.30pm


Unknown: Naji Hakim

: Offenbach

Ballet music from "Orpheus in the Underworld" (excerpts) Gulbenkian Orchestra , conductor Michel Swierczewski


Conductor: Gulbenkian Orchestra
Conductor: Michel Swierczewski

: Jazz Century

Russell Davies presents a 52-part history of jazz, from its earliest stirrings until the millennium. 2: Out of Africa. Since black
Americans have been such a powerful presence in jazz from its earliest days, musicians have frequently emphasised the music's
African roots. After all, the ancestors of these people were shipped from there to America as slaves. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about the African roots of jazz? Repeated from Saturday 6pm


Unknown: Russell Davies

: Composer of the Week: Poulenc

5: 1953-63
"I'm worn out: breakdown looming. Perhaps, for the benefit of those gentlemen in Paris, I shall include 15 Chinese gongs, eight vibraphones and ten xylophones. No! May God protect me from the angel of the bizarre." (Poulenc to Henri Hell, 1957)
Dialogues des Carmélites (excerpt) Rachel Yakar and Martine Dupuy (sopranos), Lyon Opera Orchestra, conductor Kent Nagano
Flute Sonata Jean-Pierre Rampal , Robert Veyron-Lacroix (piano)
Improvisations Nos 14 and 15 Gabriel Tacchino (piano)
Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu; Les Anges Musiciens (La Courte Paille) Elly Ameling (soprano), Dalton Baldwin (piano)
Sept Repons des Tenebres
Alexandre Carpentier (treble),
Maitrise de la Sainte Chapelle, New French Radio Philharmonic, conductor Georges Pretre Repeated from last Friday


Unknown: Rachel Yakar
Sopranos: Martine Dupuy
Unknown: Jean-Pierre Rampal
Piano: Robert Veyron-Lacroix
Piano: Gabriel Tacchino
Piano: Dalton Baldwin
Unknown: Alexandre Carpentier
Conductor: Georges Pretre

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Rameau Zais Mieke van der
Sluis, Jane Marsh and Marjanne Kweksilber (sopranos), John Elwes (tenor), Max van Egmond and David Thomas (basses), Concerto Vocale, La Petite Bande, directors Philippe Herreweghe and Sigiswald Kuijken
3.50 Howells Psalm Preludes,
Set 2 No 1 Ian Sadler (organ)
4.05 Tchaikovsky Serenade in C Bratislava RSO/Ludovic Rajter
5.20 Pederson
Mass for Five Voices Copenhagen Boys' Choir, conductor Ebbe Munk


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Jane Marsh
Sopranos: Marjanne Kweksilber
Sopranos: John Elwes
Tenor: Max van Egmond
Tenor: David Thomas
Directors: Philippe Herreweghe
Unknown: Ian Sadler
Conductor: Ebbe Munk

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