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: On Air

With Petroc Trelawny. Music today includes at 6.30 Poulenc's Aubade, after the 7.00 news Copland's
Sextet, at about 7.40 Schumann's
Kinderszenen played by Martha Argerich (piano), and at about 8.50 Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue.


Played By: Martha Argerich

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Schubert Symphony No 5 in B flat Columbia Symphony Orchestra, conductor Bruno Walter
9.29 Debussy Chansons de Bilitis Maggie Teyte (soprano), Alfred Cortot (piano)
9.38 Rodrigo Concierto Pastoral
Patrick Gallois (flute), Philharmonia, conductor Ion Marin
10.02 Debussy Fetes Galantes (Set 2) Bernard Kruysen (baritone), Noel Lee (piano)
10.10 Debussy Estampes Sviatoslav Richter (piano)


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Piano: Alfred Cortot
Piano: Rodrigo Concierto
Flute: Patrick Gallois
Conductor: Ion Marin
Baritone: Bernard Kruysen
Piano: Noel Lee
Piano: Debussy Estampes
Piano: Sviatoslav Richter

: Artist of the Week Gillian Weir

Messiaen is the subject of today's conversation between Joan Bakewell and Gillian Weir , perhaps the pre-eminent interpreter of his organ music. Discussion of his employment of birdsong and the difficulties his written music presents to performers are illustrated by excerpts from her recording of his complete organ works.


Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Gillian Weir

: Sound Stories

Medical Matters
Beethoven died from cirrhosis of the liver, made worse by excessive drinking. This may have been prompted by his other sufferings: his frustrations in love, and the hearing difficulties and ultimate deafness which affected the last 30 of his 57 years.
Septet in E flat, Op 20 (5th mvt) Vienna Octet
Symphony No 3 in E flat (Eroica) (3rd mvt)
London Classical Players, conductor Roger Norrington Missa Solemnis (excerpt) Monteverdi Choir,
English Baroque Soloists, conductor John Eliot Gardiner
String Quartet in A minor, Op 132 (3rd mvt)
Alban Berg Quartet


Conductor: Roger Norrington
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Unknown: Alban Berg

: Composer of the Week Strauss

4: 1923-37. Anthony Burton introduces music from the years in which Strauss became increasingly isolated from the modernist mainstream but continued to develop his own idiom in some unexpected directions. The programme includes the rare Parergon (or supplement) to the Sinfonia Domestica specially recorded for the programme by pianist Kevin Kenner with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor
Andrew Davis. The programme also includes the choral scherzo Die
Gotten im Putzzimmer and music from three contrasting operas -
Intermezzo, Die Schweigsame Frau and Daphne.
Repeated next Thursday 12 midnight


Introduces: Anthony Burton
Pianist: Kevin Kenner
Conductor: Andrew Davis.
Unknown: Schweigsame Frau

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Chamber Music from Manchester
The Munich-based Rosamunde
Quartet make their British concert debut in this recital recorded last month at the Bridgewater Hall.
Formed in 1993. the Rosamunde Quartet is well established in Germany and today's performance reflects the impressive range they have perfected over the last six years. Introduced by Paul Allen. Webern Langsamer Satz
Mozart String Quartet in F, K168 Shostakovich String Quartet No 8, Op 110


Unknown: Rosamunde Quartet
Introduced By: Paul Allen.
Introduced By: Webern Langsamer Satz

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductors Ion Marin and Mark
Wigglesworth, Barry Douglas (piano) Tippett The Rose Lake
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor
Brahms Symphony No 4 in E minor


Piano: Barry Douglas

: Ensemble

Repeated from yesterday 10pm

: Music Machine Chamber Music

Tommy Pearson continues his exploration of chamber music with a look at music for wind. He talks to oboist Nicholas Daniel and hom player Michael Thompson.


Unknown: Tommy Pearson
Unknown: Nicholas Daniel
Unknown: Michael Thompson.

: In Tune

With Sean Rafferty. who explores the new production of Boito's
Mephistopheles as it opens at
English National Opera. Other music includes Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole and Hoist's A Somerset Rhapsody.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty.

: Performance on 3

Edward Downes conducts Verdi's intensely dramatic and powerful setting of the Mass for the Dead in a concert given last July at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Nina Rautio (soprano), Sally Burgess (mezzo), Dennis O'Neill (tenor). John Tomlinson (bass), Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, conductor Edward Downes
Verdi Requiem


Unknown: Edward Downes
Soprano: Nina Rautio
Soprano: Sally Burgess
Tenor: Dennis O'Neill
Tenor: John Tomlinson
Conductor: Edward Downes
Conductor: Verdi Requiem

: Postscript The Pas de Deux

An idiosyncratic history of classical duets and an incidental history of loving, told by dancers and thinkers. 4: Sexy Realism. Romeo and Juliet, dirty dancing.

: Haydn and Bartok

Boris Berman (piano)
Bartok Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (Mikrokosmos, Book 6) Haydn Sonata in E flat, H XVI 52 Repeat


Piano: Boris Berman

: Music Restored

Lucie Skeaping introduces a selection of country delights, including a pastoral cantata by Hasse performed by Emma Kirkby (soprano) and London Baroque, and a sonata by the French Baroque composer
Michel Blavet performed by Claire Guimond (flute), John Toll (harpsichord) and Charles Medlam (cello). Producer Lindsay Kemp
E-MAIL: [address removed] Revised repeat tomorrow 4pm


Introduces: Lucie Skeaping
Soprano: Emma Kirkby
Unknown: Michel Blavet
Flute: Claire Guimond
Flute: John Toll
Cello: Charles Medlam
Producer: Lindsay Kemp

: Night Waves

Few have written of the experience and morality of reading as powerfully as Alberto Manguel. Born in Buenos Aires and now living in Canada,
Manguel is internationally renowned as a translator, anthologist and essayist, with books including the acclaimed A History of Reading. With a new collection of essays published this week in Britain,
Alberto Manguel talks to Paul Allen about the nature of books and the place of literature in contemporary culture.
And angels, witches, warlocks and penitents take to the stage at English National Opera - Night
Waves reports on tonight's opening of Boito's Mephistopheles in a new production by Ian Judge. Producer Belinda Sample


Unknown: Alberto Manguel.
Talks: Alberto Manguel
Unknown: Paul Allen
Production By: Ian Judge.

: Jazz Notes

Mosaic Records are a relatively recent company specialising in reissuing the complete works of jazz musicians in comprehensive boxed sets. Producer Michael Cuscuna
guides Alyn Shipton through new collections of Charlie Ventura , Rip Phillips , Hank Mobley and Bud Shank.


Producer: Michael Cuscuna
Unknown: Alyn Shipton
Unknown: Charlie Ventura
Unknown: Rip Phillips
Unknown: Hank Mobley
Unknown: Bud Shank.

: Composer of the Week: Delius

Paul Guinery introduces a vintage recording of one of Delius's finest pieces of chamber music. He also explores some of the composer's stage works.
Violin Sonata No 3
Albert Sammons ,
Kathleen Long (piano)
Incidental music: Folkeraadet
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk
A Village Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) Lorely Dyer (soprano), Rene Soames (tenor), Royal Philharmonic, conductor Thomas Beecham
Repeated from last Thursday


Introduces: Paul Guinery
Unknown: Albert Sammons
Piano: Kathleen Long
Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
Soprano: Lorely Dyer
Tenor: Rene Soames
Conductor: Thomas Beecham

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Sinfonia Varsovia, conductor Jan Krenz
Krenz Classical Serenade
Brahms Symphony No 4 in E minor
2.15 Constantin Regamey Quintet Miroslaw Pokrzywinski (clarinet), Grzegorz Golab (bassoon), New Warsaw Trio
3.00 Schools
3.00 Music Workshop
3.20 Let's Move!
3.40 Words Alive!
3.55 First Steps in Drama
4.10 Listen and Write
4.35 Radio Showcase
4.40 Check It Out
5.00 Wolf Italian Serenade
Ljubljanski Godalni Quartet
5.15 Chopin Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31 Valerie Tryon (piano)
5.30 Schubert Symphony No 5 in B flat
Saarbriicken Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Marcello Viotti


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conductor: Jan Krenz
Unknown: Constantin Regamey Quintet
Clarinet: Miroslaw Pokrzywinski
Bassoon: Grzegorz Golab
Piano: Valerie Tryon
Conductor: Marcello Viotti

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