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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny with music and arts news, including a review of this year's Whitbread Prize for Literature and an interview with the winner.
Music includes Beethoven's Piano
Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight), played by Mikhail Pletnev ; Bach's motet Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV229, performed by the Bach Choir of Stockholm under
Nikolaus Harnoncourt ; and some of the Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich, played by pianist Keith Jarrett.


Played By: Mikhail Pletnev
Unknown: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Pianist: Keith Jarrett.

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Cannabich Symphony No 64 in F Lukas Consort , conductor Viktor Lukas
9.15 Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G,
BWV1007 Pierre Fournier
9.35 Schubert Piano Sonata in A minor, D537 Alfred Brendel
9.58 Finzl Clarinet Concerto
Andrew Marriner ,
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Neville Marriner


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Lukas Consort
Conductor: Viktor Lukas
Unknown: Pierre Fournier
Unknown: Alfred Brendel
Unknown: Andrew Marriner
Conductor: Neville Marriner

: Artist of the Week

Midori talks to Joan Bakewell about her close association with Zubin
Mehta and her accompanist Robert McDonald. With music by Bruch, Elgar and Sibelius.


Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Accompanist: Robert McDonald.

: Sound Stories

The Tudors and the Stuarts
With Donald Macleod.
King Charles the First walked And talked half an hour
After his head was cut off....
This well known schoolboy punctuation howler mocks the violent end of a monarch once admired as artistic, sensitive and cultured. Three hundred and fifty years ago this Saturday,
Charles I was executed in Whitehall.
Gibbons I Am the Resurrection
Clerkes of Oxenford, conductor David Wulstan
Webster Echo in G minor; Echo in D
Parley of Instruments Violin Band, director Peter Holman
Tomkins Pavan and Galliard (Earl Strafford)
Bernhard Klapprott (harpsichord) William Lawes Sett No 7
London Baroque


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conductor: David Wulstan
Director: Peter Holman
Director: Tomkins Pavan
Harpsichord: Bernhard Klapprott
Harpsichord: William Lawes

: Composer of the Week Tavener

The Name of Jesus. The sign of Jonah in the whale's belly was taken by Jesus as a prophecy of his own death and resurrection. Tavener has tried to bury his western musical preconceptions, rejecting the rotting humanism of the avant-garde.
Instead, he has found new life in the simplest and most innocent of musical gestures. Presented by Fiona Talkington. The Lord's Prayer
Oxford Pro Musica Singers, conductor Michael Smedley The Whale (Part 1)
London Sinfonietta Chorus and Orchestra, conductor David Atherton
Nomine Jesu London Sinfonietta Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by the Composer The Whale (Part 2)
Performers as above
The Lamb Tallis Scholars, conducted by the Composer
Repeated next Wednesday 12 midnight


Presented By: Fiona Talkington.
Conductor: Michael Smedley
Conductor: David Atherton

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

From the Adrian Boult Hall ,
Birmingham Conservatoire.
Introduced by Chris Wines . Sorrel Quartet
Haydn String Quartet in G, Op 33 No 5 (How Do You Do?)
Shostakovich String Quartet No 9, Op 117
ADMISSION: free, no ticket required Doors open at 12.30pm


Unknown: Adrian Boult Hall
Introduced By: Chris Wines

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductors Tadaaki Otaka and Ion Marin , Delia Jones (mezzo), Tasmin Little (violin)
Britten Four Sea Interludes (Peter Grimes )
Chausson Poeme de IAmour et de la
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Brahms Symphony No 3 in F


Conductors: Tadaaki Otaka
Conductors: Ion Marin
Unknown: Delia Jones
Violin: Tasmin Little
Unknown: Peter Grimes

: Choral Evensong

From St Paul's Cathedral,
Responses (Moore) Psalm 90 (AH Mann)
First Lesson: 1 Maccabees 2,
W49-61; 64
Canticles: Gloucester Service (Howells) Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15, w20-34
Anthem: Hear My Words, Ye People (Parry)
Organ Voluntary: Moto Ostinato (Sunday Music) (Eben)
Director of music John Scott.
Sub-organist Huw Williams.


Music: John Scott.
Unknown: Huw Williams.

: In Tune

With Sean Rafferty. Music includes at 5.40 Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andrew Davis , and at 6.45 Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G performed by the English
Concert, director Trevor Pinnock.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty.
Unknown: Thomas Tallis
Conductor: Andrew Davis
Director: Trevor Pinnock.

: Performance on 3

For Mahler, writing a ninth symphony was full of fatalistic resonances. He was reluctant to start it at all, but he did live to complete it. The result was one of his finest achievements, a powerful and emotionally nostalgic work that was also a farewell to the late-Romantic symphony. This evening's performance features one of the great Mahlerian conductors of our time.
London Philharmonic, conductor Bernard Haitink
Mahler Symphony No 9


Conductor: Bernard Haitink

: Postscript

Dissenting Voices
Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. 3: Will Hutton introduces excerpts from Thomas Paine 's revolutionary essay Rights of Man.
Reader John Sessions.


Unknown: Thomas Paine

: Songs for the Virgin

Bo Holten conducts the BBC Singers in four Marian motets by 15th-century Flemish master Johannes Ockeghem. Alma Redemptoris Mater ; Ave Maria; Intemerata Dei Mater; Salve Regina Repeat


Unknown: Bo Holten
Unknown: Johannes Ockeghem.
Unknown: Alma Redemptoris Mater

: Ensemble

As a young man, Beethoven was so impressed by Haydn's string quartets that he avoided writing any of his own, although he did compose many other chamber works, including string and piano trios. Penny Gore introduces a selection, ending with a complete performance of the Trio in B flat, Op 11, given by Robert Plane (clarinet), Martin Storey (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano). Producer Nigel Wilkinson Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Clarinet: Martin Storey
Piano: Benjamin Frith
Producer: Nigel Wilkinson

: Night Waves

Last century, the population of Ireland was halved through starvation, emigration and transportation. The extraordinary story of how this happened and its impact on Irish life at home and in the New World is the subject of Thomas Keneally 's latest non-fiction book, The Great Shame. Keneally talks to Laura Cumming about his quest to uncover the course of individual lives - political prisoners, transportation widows, activists and his own convict ancestors.
Producer Anthony Denselow


Unknown: Thomas Keneally
Unknown: Laura Cumming
Producer: Anthony Denselow

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton concludes his celebration of the 60th anniversary of Blue Note Records with Jackie McLean
and Cassandra Wilson , and samples the multi-CD set issued to mark the event.


Unknown: Alyn Shipton
Unknown: Jackie McLean
Unknown: Cassandra Wilson

: Composer of the Week Purcell

With Robert King. 3: 1685-8
Thou Wakeful Shepherd, Z198; Hosanna to the Highest, Z187;
Why, Why Are All the Muses Mute? Z343;
Dido and Aeneas (Act 3);
Now That the Sun Hath Veiled His
Light, 1193
Repeated from last Wednesday

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)
Brahms Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op 108
Bartok Violin Sonata No 1
2.20 Mendelssohn Symphony No 4 in A (Italian)
Hungarian Radio Orchestra, conductor Tamas Vasary
3.00 Schools
3.00 Time and Tune
3.20 Together
3.40 Dance Workshop
4.00 The Song Tree
4.20 Scottish Resources 10-12
4.40 Talking Points
5.05 Beethoven Rondo in C, Op 57 No 2
Andreas Staier (clavichord)
5.25 Pekiel Missa senza le
Cerimonie Camerata Silesia, conductor Anna Szostak


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Violin: Yehudi Menuhin
Piano: Hephzibah Menuhin
Conductor: Tamas Vasary
Unknown: Andreas Staier
Conductor: Anna Szostak

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