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: On Air

With Petroc Trelawny. Music includes Nielsen's rhapsodic overture A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes performed by the Gothenburg
Symphony Orchestra, conductor
Neeme Jarvi; and Antonio Soler 's Fandango performed by Andreas Staier (harpsichord).


Unknown: Antonio Soler
Harpsichord: Andreas Staier

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday , featuring
Beethoven variations and vintage performances by Nathan Milstein. Bach Chaconne (Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV1004)
Nathan Milstein (violin)
9.16 Beethoven Variations and Fugue in E flat, Op 35 (Eroica) Alfred Brendel (piano)
9.41 Moeran Symphony in G minor Ulster Orchestra, conductor Vernon Handley


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Unknown: Nathan Milstein.
Violin: Nathan Milstein
Piano: Alfred Brendel
Conductor: Vernon Handley

: Artist of the Week

John Tomlinson
John Tomlinson is the only bass to have sung Wotan for ten consecutive years at the Bayreuth Festival, the centre of Wagnerian performance. The composer's grandson has said that his grandfather might have written the part of Wotan with Tomlinson in mind. The bass talks to
Joan Bakewell about the challenges and effects of singing Wagner, and the role of Wotan in particular.


Unknown: John Tomlinson
Unknown: John Tomlinson
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

With Richard Baker.
4: Gloucester. William the Conqueror was responsible for the church that was to survive Henry VIII 's dissolution of the monasteries to become Gloucester Cathedral. Nearly 200 years later, singers from the cathedral got together with others from the neighbouring cities of Hereford and Worcester for the first of the annual music meetings that famously became known as the Three Choirs Festival.
Including excerpts from:
Handel Concerto Grosso in C,
HWV318 (Alexander's Feast) Collegium Musicum 90, director Simon Standage
Wesley Cast Me Not Away Gloucester Cathedral Choir, conductor John Sanders
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius Janet Baker (mezzo), City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Simon Rattle
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Philharmonia, conductor Leonard Slatkin


Unknown: Richard Baker.
Unknown: Henry Viii
Unknown: Collegium Musicum
Director: Simon Standage
Conductor: John Sanders
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Conductor: Vaughan Williams Fantasia
Unknown: Thomas Tallis
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

: Composer of the Week-Britten

Michael Oliver focuses on Britten's instrumental and orchestral music and suggests that, although Britten wrote far more vocal than non-vocal works, he turned to instrumental music when he felt the need to experiment in matters of form and technique. He argues that Britten seems increasingly to have used instruments without voices to express emotions that are too deep for words.
4: Music for Friends
Night Piece
Michael Dussek (piano) Solo Cello Suite No 3
Robert Cohen
Nocturnal after John Dowland
Julian Bream (guitar) Repeat


Unknown: Michael Oliver
Piano: Michael Dussek
Unknown: John Dowland
Guitar: Julian Bream

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Introduced by Nicola Heywood Thomas. Joshua Rifkin (piano)
Bach Prelude in C. BWV846 No 1
Joplin The Entertainer
Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV847
Joplin Paragon Rag
Bach Prelude and Fugue in A flat, BWV862
Joplin Gladiolus Rag
Bach Prelude and Fugue in F, BWV856
Joplin Solace - a Mexican Serenade Bach Prelude and Fugue in B flat, BWV866
Joplin Magnetic Rag - Syncopations Classiques
Bach Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, BWV867
Joplin, arr Chauvin Heliotrope
Bouquet - a Slow Drag Two-Step Repeat


Introduced By: Nicola Heywood Thomas.
Piano: Joshua Rifkin
Piano: Bach Prelude
Unknown: Gladiolus Rag
Unknown: Bach Prelude

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Rossini Overture: The Italian Girl in Algiers
Conductor Andrew Davis
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor
Conductor Vernon Handley , Peter Donohoe (piano)
Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Conductor Vernon Handley ,
Elgar Symphony No 2 in flat Conductor Andrew Davis


Conductor: Andrew Davis
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Piano: Peter Donohoe
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Conductor: Andrew Davis

: The Piano

Return of the weekly series in which Piers Lane investigates the world of the piano past and present. On This Day.... Some of the legendary concerts of the past 50 years, with performances by Vladimir Horowitz , Sviatoslav Richter , Jorge Bolet , Dinu Lipatti , Martha Argerich , Yevgeni Kissin and Arcadi Volodos. Repeated from yesterday 10pm


Unknown: Vladimir Horowitz
Unknown: Sviatoslav Richter
Unknown: Jorge Bolet
Unknown: Dinu Lipatti
Unknown: Martha Argerich
Unknown: Yevgeni Kissin
Unknown: Arcadi Volodos.

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty introduces music including Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No 2 performed by Barry Douglas , and Schubert's String Quartet in E, D353, played by the Melos Quartet.


Introduces: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Barry Douglas

: Performance on 3

Introduced by Geoffrey Baskerville. Timothy Hugh (cello),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Osmo Vanska
MacMillan The Confession of Isobel
Walton Cello Concerto
Vaughan Williams Symphony No 6 Producer Simon Lord


Introduced By: Geoffrey Baskerville.
Cello: Timothy Hugh
Conductor: Osmo Vanska
Producer: Simon Lord

: Postscript

Cinema Apocalyptica
Five explorations by Ian Christie of how cinema has continued the literary and visual tradition of apocalypse, reflecting the 20th-century's own history of catastrophe and its search for meaning in an increasingly secular world through a variety of forms, both traditional and innovative.
4: First and Last Things. Since the sixties, popular cinema has produced a number of millennial epics that trace the destruction and rebirth of civilisations. The best known of these are Miller's Mad Max and Romero's Dead trilogy. These draw freely on apocalyptic traditions of prophecy and salvation, and on popular interest in mythology, environmentalism and the occult.


Unknown: Ian Christie

: French Piano Music for Four Hands

Faure Dolly Suite , Op 56
Katia and Marielle Labeque (piano)


Unknown: Faure Dolly Suite

: Music Restored

Lucie Skeaping introduces a selection of 18th-century French chamber music from the hedonistic times of Louis XV, including Leclair's large-scale suite Premiere Recreation de Musique, specially recorded by the Hanover-based ensemble Musica
Alta Ripa.
Producer Lindsay Kemp
E-MAIL: [address removed] Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Introduces: Lucie Skeaping
Musica: Alta Ripa.
Producer: Lindsay Kemp

: Night Waves

Greek mythology and 20th-century industrial policy come together in Tony Harrison 's first fiction feature film, Prometheus. In a Yorkshire village, where the country's last pit is about to close, the pit manager is revealed as a modern-day Hermes sent by Zeus to punish mankind. Paul Allen talks to Tony Harrison about using mythology to interpret modern life and about writing dialogue in rhyming couplets. Plus a report on the fifth British Art Show, which opens in Edinburgh. Producer Julian Hale


Unknown: Tony Harrison
Talks: Paul Allen
Unknown: Tony Harrison
Producer: Julian Hale

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton is joined by Campbell Burnap to review the latest CDs.


Unknown: Alyn Shipton

: Through the Night

12.05am Grainger Ballet music: The Warriors
12.25 Handel Trio Sonata in B flat,
Op 2 No 3
12.35 Beethoven Variations in G,
Op 121a 1.00 Monte-Carlo Philharmonic , conductor Yuri Temirkanov
Stravinsky Suite: The Fairy's Kiss
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 in F minor
2.05 Spohr Duo in F, Op 148
2.20 Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor. K466
3.00 Karg-Elert Nun Danket Alle Gott
3.05 Vierne Violin Sonata in G minor
3.40 Dukas La Peri
4.05 Bach Violin Sonata No 3 in C, BWV1005
4.30 Locatelli Concerto Grosso in E flat, Op 7 No 6 (II Pianto d'Arianna)
4.45 Geminiani Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op 5 No 12 (Folia)
5.00 Rossini Overture: The Barber of Seville
5.15 Vivaldi Sonata in D minor, Op 1 No 12 (La Folia)
5.25 Harry Somers Suite: North Country
5.40 Chopin Barcarolle in F sharp, Op 60
5.55 Schubert Heidenroslein ; Der
Jungling an der Quelle; Liebhaber in Allen Gestalten


Unknown: Grainger Ballet
Conductor: Monte-Carlo Philharmonic
Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
Unknown: Danket Alle Gott
Unknown: Dukas La Peri
Unknown: Vivaldi Sonata
Unknown: Schubert Heidenroslein
Unknown: Allen Gestalten

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