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: On Air

Penny Gore presents music and arts news, including a review of last night's Oscars ceremony. Music includes at 6.30 Dvorak's Cypresses played by the Hagen Quartet; at 7.30 Hindemith's Symphonic
Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber performed by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conductor Herbert Blomstedt ; and at 8.00
Heinichen's Beatus Vir sung by tenors Jorg Durmuller and Scott Weir.


Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Tenors: Jorg Durmuller
Tenors: Scott Weir.

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday , featuring Mozart's mature string quartets and vintage performances by pianist Walter Gieseking.
Debussy Suite Bergamasque Walter Gieseking (piano)
9.17 Mozart String Quartet in G, K387 Italian Quartet
9.47 Purcell Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Bell Anthem) King's Consort, director Robert King
9.56 Stravinsky Symphony in C LSO, conductor Colin Davis
Producer Tony Cheevers


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Pianist: Walter Gieseking.
Director: Robert King
Director: Stravinsky Symphony
Conductor: Colin Davis
Producer: Tony Cheevers

: Artists of the Week

The Labeque Sisters
When sisters Katia and Marielle
Labeque simultaneously graduated with distinction from the Paris
Conservatoire, they made two wise decisions. One was to play together, which, surprisingly, they had not done before; and the other was to play the works of avant-garde composers. Within three weeks of leaving, they made their first recording, Messiaen's Visions de I'Amen, directed by the composer. Joan Bakewell talks to them about their musical education.
Producer Paul Evans


Talks: Joan Bakewell
Producer: Paul Evans

: Sound Stories Islands With Richard Baker.

1: Java and Bali. Claude Debussy heard the gamelan in 1889, at the reconstructed Balinese village on show at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. He was only one of many composers who were inspired by the sound to translate the oriental atmosphere of Java and Bali into their own music. Britten drew similar inspiration from his visit to Bali.
Debussy Et la Lune Descend sur la Temple qui Fut (Images)
Gordon Fergus-Thompson (piano)
Ravel Laideronette (Mother Goose) Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit
Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos
(1st mvt) Jean-Bernard Pommier and Anne Queffelec , City of London
Sinfonia, conductor Richard Hickox Britten The Prince of the Pagodas (Act 2, scene 2) Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by the Composer Producer Tony Sellors


Piano: Gordon Fergus-Thompson
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Unknown: Jean-Bernard Pommier
Unknown: Anne Queffelec
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Producer: Tony Sellors

: Composer of the Week: Franz Schubert

(1797-1828) lain Burnside looks at the public and private faces of Schubert: his attempts to capture the Viennese opera audience, piano duets intended for intimate performance in a circle of friends, and chamber works he based on the melodies of his own songs. This first programme features two ways of catching a trout, Charlemagne's battle against the Moors in Spain, a sublime nocturne, and a four-handed passage through the storms of life.
Die Forelle Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)
Piano Quintet in A, D667 (Trout) (4th mvt) Members of the Vienna Octet, Clifford Curzon (piano) Allegretto in C minor, D915 Artur Schnabel (piano)
Allegro in A minor, D947 (Lebenssturme)
Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen (piano duet)
Fierrabras (excerpts)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conductor Claudio Abbado
Nachthelle Werner Gura (tenor), Philip Mayers (fortepiano), RIAS Berlin Chamber Choir, conductor Marcus Creed Producer John Thornley
Repeated next Monday 12 midnight


Tenor: Forelle Fritz Wunderlich
Piano: Hubert Giesen
Piano: Clifford Curzon
Piano: Artur Schnabel
Unknown: Yaara Tal
Piano: Andreas Groethuysen
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Tenor: Nachthelle Werner Gura
Tenor: Philip Mayers
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Producer: John Thornley
Florinda: Cheryl Studer (soprano)
Marragond: Brigitte Balleys (soprano)
Fierrabras: Josef Protschka (tenor)

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

From the Wigmore Hall, London, introduced by aiepnanie Hughes.
Joseph Kalichstein (piano)
Mendelssohn Fantasia in F sharp minor, Op 28 (Sonate Ecossaise)
Brahms Six Pieces, Op 118 (excerpts) Schumann Kreisleriana
Repeated Saturday lpm


Piano: Joseph Kalichstein

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Beginning a cycle of Glazunov symphonies.
Conductors Grant Llewellyn and Tadaaki Otaka , Jon Kimura Parker (piano)
Prokofiev Suite: Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2
Glazunov Symphony No 1 in E


Conductors: Grant Llewellyn
Conductors: Tadaaki Otaka
Piano: Jon Kimura Parker

: Opera in Action

Robert Lloyd looks at what being a singer actually means to a singer. With recordings by Carlo Bergonzi , Shirley Verret and Arleen Auger.


Unknown: Robert Lloyd
Unknown: Carlo Bergonzi
Unknown: Shirley Verret
Unknown: Arleen Auger.

: Music Machine

Music and the Mass
Tommy Pearson investigates the music composed over the centuries for the celebration of mass. He begins with a whistle-stop tour of masses, from plainchant to today. Repeat


Unknown: Tommy Pearson

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty is joined by American baritone Nathan Gunn , who performs songs from his country and talks about his career at the Met. Music includes
Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 performed by Leonard Bernstein.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Baritone: Nathan Gunn
Unknown: Leonard Bernstein.

: Performance on 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra
I From the BBC Maida Vale studios, London.
Conductor Andrew Davis (piano), Lisa Milne (soprano),
Ashley Holland (baritone)
Delius Dance Rhapsody No 1; Once I Passed through a Populous City
8.05 Delius and Yorkshire
Delius was born in Bradford, though his Yorkshire roots appear very little in his music. But the North Country
Sketches, written in 1913 and 1914, are an exception and evoke the landscape and atmosphere of the moors. Lyndon Jenkins traces the connections between the music of the sketches and the feelings Delius had for his native Yorkshire.
8.25 Four Old English Lyrics; North Country Sketches


Conductor: Andrew Davis
Soprano: Lisa Milne
Baritone: Ashley Holland
Baritone: Delius Dance
Unknown: Lyndon Jenkins

: Postscript

The Body Politic
Five programmes in which
Iwan Russell-Jones looks at attitudes to the body in our culture.
1: The Body Zone. At the heart of the Millennium Dome will be a giant sculpture of the human body. What does this say about the role and importance of the body in society? Producer Michael Roberts


Unknown: Iwan Russell-Jones
Producer: Michael Roberts

: Tchaikovsky

Three Pieces, Op 9
Viktoria Postnikova (piano)

: Voices

My Kind of Song - Sarah Walker
One of Britain's most distinguished singers, mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker , talks to lain Burnside about the songs and singers that have a particular significance or resonance for her. Producer Adam Gatehouse
Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Song: Sarah Walker
Mezzo-Soprano: Sarah Walker
Producer: Adam Gatehouse

: Mixing It

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall go in search of esoteric soundtracks in the company of Mark Walker , editor of Gramophone's Film Music Guide. Producer Ekene Akalawu


Unknown: Mark Russell
Unknown: Robert Sandall
Unknown: Mark Walker
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton presents the first of a two-part concert by George Melly with John Chilton 's Feetwarmers at the Concorde Club, Eastleigh. Revised repeal


Unknown: Alyn Shipton
Unknown: George Melly
Unknown: John Chilton

: Composer of the Week: Richard Strauss

Anthony Burton presents a survey of a composing career that lasted almost three-quarters of a century. This first programme includes the Wind Serenade and Don Juan.
Repeated from last Monday


Unknown: Anthony Burton
Unknown: Don Juan.

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Keller Quartet
Schubert String Quartet in A minor, D804 Kurtag Officium Breve
Beethoven String Quartet in B flat, Op 130 (Grosse Fuge)
2.30 Mozart Symphony No 38 in D, K504 (Prague) Finnish Radio SO, conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste
3.00 Schools
3.00 Music Box 3.15 Something to Think About 3.30 EAL: Let's Make a Story 3.45 Stories and Rhymes
4.00 Find Out 4.15 Maths Challenge
4.30 Hopscotch 4.45 Scottish Resources 7-9
5.00 Corelli Trio Sonata in A, Op 1 No 3 London Baroque
5.05 Uszt Paraphrase on Bellini's "I Puritani" Endre Hegedus (piano)
5.25 Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A (arr for wind ensemble) Octophoros, conductor Paul Dombrecht


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Piano: Endre Hegedus
Conductor: Paul Dombrecht

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