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With Humphrey Carpenter.
6.40 Handel Organ Concerto in B flat. Op 7 No 1
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, director Ton Koopman (organ)
7.20 Arnold Four Cornish Dances
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, conductor Elgar Howarth
7.38 Mozart Rute Concerto in D, K314
Konrad Hunteler , Orchestra of the 18th Century, director Frans Briiggen
8.10 Faure Masques et Bergamasques BBC Philharmonic, conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier
8.43 Elgar Cockaigne Overture BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andrew Davis
Producer Edwina Wolstencroft


Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter.
Director: Ton Koopman
Conductor: Elgar Howarth
Conductor: Mozart Rute
Unknown: Konrad Hunteler
Director: Frans Briiggen
Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Producer: Edwina Wolstencroft

: Brian Kay's Sunday Morning

From the Medieval Hall,
Salisbury, close to the cathedral with the tallest spire in England. Live music is provided by the Girl Choristers of Salisbury
Cathedral, director Simon Lole , and by the Musicians of the Globe, director Philip Pickett. Music on disc includes Wagner's Overture: Das Liebesverbot and Saint-Saens's Symphony No 3 in C minor (Organ) (Finale). Producer Fiona Shelmerdine
E-MAIL: [address removed]


Director: Simon Lole
Director: Philip Pickett.
Producer: Fiona Shelmerdine

: Visions: the Music of Olivier Messiaen

I From the Barbican Hall,
London, the acclaimed
French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Messiaen's "dialogue of mystical love" written in 1944 for his pupil Yvonne Loriod , who later became his wife. The music depicts 20 musical images inspired by the composer's devotion to Jesus Christ. Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Messiaen Vingt Regards sur I'Enfant J6sus
Next programme at 2pm


Pianist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Unknown: Yvonne Loriod

: Dvorak

Cypresses (excerpts) Panocha Quartet

: 100 Great Singers

The distinguished baritone Hans Hotter introduces recordings of Wagner, Bridge and Grieg made by soprano Kirsten Flagstad.


Baritone: Hans Hotter
Soprano: Kirsten Flagstad.

: Centurions

53: Chinua Achebe: Anthills of the Savannah

: Visions: the Music of Olivier Messiaen

From St Giles Church,
Cripplegate, London, a recital of chamber music by Olivier Messiaen. Susan Bullock sings Harawi, songs of love and death based on the tragic legend of Tristan and Isolde. The Quartet for the End of Time was composed while Messiaen was a prisoner of war at Gorlitz in Silesia and written in conditions of extreme austerity for the instruments and musicians available to him.
Harawi Susan Bullock (soprano), lain Burnside (piano)
3.00 Interval
In the second of two interval programmes investigating the man behind the music, Anthony Burton explores Messiaen's profound
Catholic faith and the influence it had on his music.
3.20 Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time Michael Collins (clarinet), Isabelle van Keulen (violin), Paul Watkins (cello), Lars-Vogt (piano) Next programme at 7.30pm


Music By: Olivier Messiaen.
Music By: Susan Bullock
Soprano: Harawi Susan Bullock
Music: Anthony Burton
Clarinet: Michael Collins
Violin: Paul Watkins

: The Year

F Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great
Gatsby, published in 1925, captured the spirit of modernism that suffused the midpoint of the Roaring Twenties. "Make it new," said Jean Cocteau , and a host of designers, architects, artists, musicians and composers eagerly complied. Ivan Hewett introduces music from the year 1925. Louis Armstrong Yes! I'm in the Barrel The Hot Fives
Schoenberg Satire, Op 28 No 2
BBC Singers, conductor Pierre Boulez Stravinsky Serenade in A Charles Rosen (piano)
Nielsen Symphony No 6 (Sinfonia Semplice) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Osmo Vanska
Berg Wozzeck (excerpt)
Vienna Philharmonic, conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi Producer Ekene Akalawu


Unknown: Scott Fitzgerald
Unknown: Jean Cocteau
Introduces: Ivan Hewett
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Conductor: Stravinsky Serenade
Piano: Charles Rosen
Conductor: Osmo Vanska
Conductor: Berg Wozzeck
Conductor: Christoph von Dohnanyi
Producer: Ekene Akalawu
Wozzeck: Eberhard Waechter (baritone)
Marie: Anja Siua (soprano)

: Sunday Feature: Viewing the Century - Seamus Heaney

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney challenges WH Auden's statement that 'poetry makes nothing happen" in order to assert the key role that poetry has played throughout the 20th century. Illustrating his talk with reference to Osip Mandelstam and Dylan Thomas , WB Yeats and TS Eliot , and Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath , and drawing extensively on BBC archives, Heaney's passionately argued piece concludes with a magnificent rendition of his own poem written after the recent death of Joseph Brodsky , a friend and fellow poet. Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Seamus Heaney
Unknown: Osip Mandelstam
Unknown: Dylan Thomas
Unknown: Ts Eliot
Unknown: Ted Hughes
Unknown: Sylvia Plath
Unknown: Joseph Brodsky
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: Private Passions

Repeated from yesterday 12 noon

: Visions: the Music of Olivier Messiaen

BBC Symphony Orchestra
From the Barbican Hall,
London. In the first half of tonight's concert, the BBC Singers perform Messiaen's setting of poetry from his favourite love stories -
Tristan and Isolde among them. After the interval, Messiaen's vast, flamboyant masterpiece, Turangalila, which he described as his "song of love", an irresistible, all-consuming love. The composer's widow and her sister are the soloists.
Conductors Stephen Cleobury and Andrew Davis , Yvonne Loriod (piano),
Jeanne Loriod (ondes martenot), BBC Singers
Messiaen Cinq Rechants
7.50 The Making of Messiaen
Roger Nichols traces the diverse and exotic influences that helped to mould Messiaen's music with the help of those who knew him. Repeat
8.10 Messiaen Turangalila Symphony


Conductors: Stephen Cleobury
Conductors: Andrew Davis
Piano: Yvonne Loriod
Piano: Jeanne Loriod
Unknown: Roger Nichols

: Visions: the Music of Olivier Messiaen

"Birds are the greatest musicians to inhabit our planet," said
Olivier Messiaen. He described himself in equal measure as composer, ornithologist and rhythmician, and he devoted many years of his life to notating the songs of birds. In this recital, recorded yesterday morning at St Giles Church, Cripplegate, the composer's widow Yvonne Loriod brings some of Messiaen's birdsong to life. Preludes: La Colombe; Les Sons
Impalpables du Reve; Un Reflet dans le Vent
Petites Esquisses d'Oiseaux: Le Rouge-Gorge; Le Merle Noir; Le
Rouge-Gorge; La Grue Musicienne ; Le Rouge-Gorge; L 'Alouette des Champs Catalogue d'Oiseaux: Le Merle Bleu: Le Loriot; L 'Alouette Lulu: La Traquet Rieur; Le Courlis Cendre
Final programme tomorrow 7.30pm


Unknown: Olivier Messiaen.
Unknown: Yvonne Loriod
Unknown: La Grue Musicienne

: World Music The Maori Melody

The first of three programmes celebrating the music of the Maori, New Zealand's indigenous race. Presented by Jeremy Lambert. himself a Maori, the programme contains archive and tribal recordings that date back 50 years. with much of the music being broadcast for the first time on British radio. This first programme details the music and customs of early tribal Maori culture and features interviews with Professor Mervyn McLean and Margaret Orbell , both acknowledged experts on ancient Maori music.


Presented By: Jeremy Lambert.
Unknown: Professor Mervyn McLean
Unknown: Margaret Orbell

: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Martyn Brabbins Lambert Aubade Héroïque
Bliss Suite: Things to Come

: Renaissance in the Cities of Central America

This evening's programme focuses on Guatemala and includes music by Lassus, Gaspar Fernandez ,
Hemando Franco , Francisco de Penalosa and Pedro Bermudez , performed by Camerata Hispanica.


Unknown: Gaspar Fernandez
Unknown: Hemando Franco
Unknown: Francisco De Penalosa
Unknown: Pedro Bermudez

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Mendelssohn St Paul Sylvia
Greenberg (soprano), Barbara Muller (contralto), Robert Worle (tenor), Michael Volle (baritone). Bavarian
Radio Chorus. Rhineland-Pfalz State PO. conductor Theodor Guschlbauer
3.15 Fesch Concerto in G, Op 5 No 3 Musica ad Rhenum/Jed Wentz
3.30 Schubert Rosamunde Finnish
RSO, conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste
4.20 Beethoven String Quartet in E minor, Op 59 No 2 Australian Quartet
5.25 Haydn Sonata in C minor, H XVI 20 Istvan Lentos


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Soprano: Barbara Muller
Contralto: Robert Worle
Baritone: Michael Volle
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Unknown: Schubert Rosamunde Finnish
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Unknown: Istvan Lentos

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