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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny with music and arts news, including at 6.30 Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No 1; at 7.30 Mendelssohn's String Symphony No 10 in B minor; and after 8.00 the overture to
Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Christian Horneman Gurre Suite
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, conductor Owain Arwel Hughes
9.18 Grieg And I Will Take a Sweetheart; Autumn Storms
Kirsten Flagstad (soprano),
London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Oivin Fjeldstad
9.24 Schubert Piano Sonata in F minor, D625 Sviatoslav Richter
9.46 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 in F minor Leningrad Philharmonic, conductor Yevgeni Mravinsky


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes
Soprano: Kirsten Flagstad
Conductor: Oivin Fjeldstad
Unknown: Sviatoslav Richter
Conductor: Yevgeni Mravinsky

: Artist of the Week

Julia Varady
In March 1997, soprano Julia Varady ended a 35-year career on the operatic stage. Joan Bakewell discovers why she made the decision to retire and what her ambitions and dreams are now. Including music by Mozart and Wagner.


Unknown: Julia Varady
Soprano: Julia Varady
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

With Richard Baker. Cardinal
Newman's extraordinary spiritual journey took him from uncommitted youth through evangelical enthusiasm to high office within the Roman Catholic Church. He was devoted to music and performed well on the violin. Including music from: Viotti Violin Concerto No 13 in A
Adelina Oprean , European Community CO, conductor Jorg Faerber Haydn Symphony No 1 in D Hanover Band, conductor Roy Goodman
Beethoven String Quartet in C, Op 59 No 3 (Rasumovsky) Quartetto Italiano
Hymn Lead, Kindly Light Choir of Ely Cathedral
Eigar The Dream of Gerontius
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Simon Rattle


Unknown: Richard Baker.
Unknown: Adelina Oprean
Conductor: Jorg Faerber
Conductor: Roy Goodman
Conductor: Simon Rattle

: Composer of the Week Liszt

Chris de Souza explores the astonishing range of Liszt's music. 5: The Opera
Don Sanche: Ballet Music
Stuart Kale (tenor), BBC Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Martyn Brabbins Fantasy on Mosonyi's "Szep Wonka" Leslie Howard (piano)
The Miracle of the Roses (The Legend of St Elizabeth) Eva Marton (soprano),
Sandor Solyom-Nagy (baritone),
Budapest Chorus, Male Chorus of the Hungarian People's Army, Hungarian State Orchestra, conductor Arpad Joo
Pilgrims' Chorus from Wagner's "Tannhauser"
Leslie Howard (piano)
Repeated next Friday 12 midnight


Tenor: Stuart Kale
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Piano: Leslie Howard
Soprano: Eva Marton
Baritone: Sandor Solyom-Nagy
Conductor: Arpad Joo
Piano: Leslie Howard

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Organ and Friends. John Scott , organist of St Paul's Cathedral, joins flautist Helen Keen for a duet recital from the Chapel of Queen's College, Oxford.
Bach Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C. BWV564
Jehan Alain Trois Mouvements
Honegger Danse de la Chèvre lbert Pièce
Frank Martin Sonata da Chiesa


Organist: John Scott
Unknown: Helen Keen

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductors Osmo Vanska and Jun'ichi Hirokami, Piers Lane (piano) Beethoven Overture: Egmont
Mozart Symphony No 35 in D (Haffner) Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat (Emperor)
Nielsen Symphony No 5

: Music Restored

Lucie Skeaping introduces music connecting England and France, with works by Robert Morton and Gilles Binchois sung by the Orlando Consort, and chamber music by Charles Dieupart played by Claire Guimond (flute), John Toll (harpsichord) and Charles Medlam (viola da gamba). Repeated from yesterday 10pm


Introduces: Lucie Skeaping
Unknown: Robert Morton
Unknown: Gilles Binchois
Music By: Charles Dieupart
Played By: Claire Guimond
Flute: John Toll
Viola: Charles Medlam

: Music Machine

The 1990s
Already pop music in the nineties has recreated the sound and fashions of the sixties, seventies and eighties. But where is the new sound of the nineties? Many commentators are angry at the waves of nostalgia but still recognise that the nineties has been an important decade for pop. Tommy Pearson talks to Caitlin Moran and Colin Larkin.


Talks: Tommy Pearson
Unknown: Caitlin Moran
Unknown: Colin Larkin.

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty is joined by flamenco guitarist Paco Pena , whose new dance drama, La Musa Gitana , based on the life of the Andalucian painter
Julio Romero de Torres, opened this week in London. Music includes at
6.05 the overture to Mozart's The
Marriage of Figaro performed by the BBC Scottish SO conducted by Andrea Quinn , and at about 6.40 the Four Dance Episodes from Copland's ballet Rodeo played by the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Guitarist: Paco Pena
Unknown: La Musa Gitana
Conducted By: Andrea Quinn
Unknown: Leonard Bernstein.

: Performance on 3

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Geoffrey Baskerville introduces tonight's concert from the Music Hall, Aberdeen. Conductor Osmo Vanska ,
Elisabeth Batiashvili (violin)
James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D
8.40 News from North Britain
Five new stories from Scotland.
3: Coloured Lights, by Leila Aboulela. For a young journalist working for the World Service, the Christmas lights in London spark off memories of life - and death - in Sudan.
9.00 Sibelius Symphony No 1


Conductor: Osmo Vanska
Violin: Elisabeth Batiashvili
Violin: James MacMillan
Unknown: Isobel Gowdie
Unknown: Leila Aboulela.

: Postscript

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 5: Marion Boyars
A leading publisher of the avantgarde since 1960, Marion Boyars introduced British readers to Georges Bataille , Michael Ondaatje and Ivan Illich. She discusses how she has fought to bring new ideas to audiences who do not always think that they needed them.


Talks: Patrick Wright
Unknown: Marion Boyars
Unknown: Marion Boyars
Unknown: Georges Bataille
Unknown: Michael Ondaatje
Unknown: Ivan Illich.

: Sounding the Century: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Martyn Brabbins , Valdine Anderson (soprano)

Boulez "Pli selon Pli"


Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Soprano: Valdine Anderson
Musicians: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

: Jazz Century

Russell Davies presents a history of jazz, from its earliest stirrings to the end of the millennium.
5: The First Records. The first jazz record was not pressed until 1917, when an all-white New Orleans group called the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band became famous for being first - more famous than their musical talent warranted. A few years later, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings emerged, with a more subtle sound.
Repeated from Saturday 6pm


Unknown: Russell Davies

: Composer of the Week: Tavener

We Shall See Him as He Is. The church's hope of the return of Christ as Her Heavenly Bridegroom provides the inspiration for some of Tavener's finest music. With Fiona Talkington. Coplas London Sinfonietta Chorus and Orchestra, conductor David Atherton We Shall See Him as He Is
Patricia Rozario (soprano), John Mark Ainsley and Andrew Murgatroyd
(tenors), Britten Singers, Chester
Festival Chorus, BBC Welsh Chorus and SO, conductor Richard Hickox Ikon of Light Tattis Scholars, members of the Chilingirian Quartet, director Peter Phillips
Akathist of Thanksgiving
Westminster Abbey Choir, BBC Singers and SO, conductor Martin Neary Repeated from last Friday


Unknown: Fiona Talkington.
Conductor: David Atherton
Soprano: Patricia Rozario
Soprano: John Mark
Soprano: Andrew Murgatroyd
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Director: Peter Phillips
Conductor: Martin Neary

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Monteverdi Vespers (1610) Elizabeth Lane and Patricia Hooper (sopranos), Julian Clarkson
(countertenor), Peter Hall and Andrew Murgatroyd (tenors), Stephen Varcoe and Gordon Jones
(baritones), Richard Hickox Singers,
Members of the New London Consort
Netherlands Radio Chamber
Orchestra, conductor Richard Hickox
Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Mirjam Kalin (alto), Male Voices of the Slovenicum Chamber Choir, Consortium
Classicum Choir, Slovenian RSO. conductor Marko Munih
2.30 Debussy Suite Bergamasque Roger Woodward (piano)
3.45 Mozart Symphony No 29 in A, K201 Amsterdam Baroque Soloists
5.15 Bach Partita No 1 in B minor,
BWV1002 Sigiswald Kuijken (violin)
5.50 Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, conductor Uri Mayer


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Elizabeth Lane
Sopranos: Patricia Hooper
Sopranos: Julian Clarkson
Unknown: Peter Hall
Tenors: Andrew Murgatroyd
Tenors: Stephen Varcoe
Tenors: Gordon Jones
Baritones: Richard Hickox
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Conductor: Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Conductor: Mirjam Kalin
Conductor: Marko Munih
Piano: Roger Woodward
Conductor: Uri Mayer

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