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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny with arts news and music, including Ravel's haunting Piano Trio in A minor and Beethoven's Romance in F, Op 50 No 2 for violin and orchestra played by David Oistrakh with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor jl Eugene Goossens.


Played By: David Oistrakh
Unknown: Eugene Goossens.

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday , featuring
Prokofiev chamber music and vintage performer Solomon.
' Linley Overture: Ode on the Witches I and Fairies of Shakespeare
Musicians of the Globe, conductor Philip Pickett
9.08 Chopin Polonaise in A, Op 40 No 1 Solomon (piano)
9.12 Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments New York Philharmonic, conductor Pierre Boulez
9.23 Prokofiev String Quartet No 1, Op 50 Emerson Quartet
! 9.47 Beethoven Piano Sonata in A flat, Op 110 Solomon
10.08 Strauss Macbeth
Dresden Staatskapelle, conductor Rudolf Kempe
Producers Tony Cheevers and Andrew Herbert


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Conductor: Philip Pickett
Conductor: Chopin Polonaise
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
Producers: Tony Cheevers
Producers: Andrew Herbert

: Artist of the Week

Stephen Hough
Joan Bakewell talks to pianist
Stephen Hough. Music was a magnet to the young Hough in Cheshire.
I When he was five, his mother bought him a two-octave piano, which he smashed to bits because it did not sound right. An upright replacement was found for L5, and a search through Yellow Pages began for a piano teacher. Today,
Stephen Hough talks about his early days and his experiences with various teachers. Music includes the last movement of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor and the Tarantella from
Liszt's Venezia e Napoli.
Producer Gwawr Owen


Unknown: Stephen Hough
Talks: Joan Bakewell
Pianist: Stephen Hough.
Talks: Stephen Hough
Producer: Gwawr Owen

: Sound Stories

With Donald Macleod.
This year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great German poet Goethe. His masterpiece, on which he worked at intervals throughout his long life, is the reworking of a legend whose literary antedecents go back to the Middle Ages. This first programme looks at the character of Faust himself.
Music includes:
Schumann Overture (Scenes from Goethe's "Faust")
Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Claudio Abbado
Schumann Des Lebens Pulse (Scenes from Goethe's "Faust")
Bryn Terfel (baritone), Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Claudio Abbado
Alkan Quasi Faust (Grand Sonata "Les Quatre Ages") Marc-Andre Hamelin
Liszt A Faust Symphony (Part 1: Faust) Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Simon Rattle
Producer Peter Tanner
E-MAIL: [address removed]


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Baritone: Bryn Terfel
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Conductor: Alkan Quasi Faust
Unknown: Marc-Andre Hamelin
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Producer: Peter Tanner

: Composer of the Week: Bedrich Smetana

"The sound of Smetana's music makes our Czech hearts quiver. The stars in it sparkle with joy, and the sun shines more brightly." (Jan Neruda ) Smetana is commonly thought of as the founding father of Czech nationalist music, yet he spent the early years of his musical career in Sweden. Fiona Talkington explores the musical life of a composer who was also one of the finest virtuoso pianists of his day.
Overture: The Bartered Bride
Czech Philharmonic, conductor Zdenek Kosier
Three Salon Polkas
Andras Schiff (piano)
Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15 Antonin Dvorak Trio
Producer Felix Carey


Unknown: Jan Neruda
Conductor: Zdenek Kosier
Piano: Andras Schiff
Unknown: Antonin Dvorak
Producer: Felix Carey

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

The Wigmore Hall chamber music series continues with the London recital debut of a brilliant young German soprano. Introduced by Stephanie Hughes.
Melanie Diener (soprano), Irwin Gage (piano)
Schumann Frauenliebe und -
Leben Strauss Einerlei ; Blaue Sommer : Am Ufer; Ruckleben; Meinem Kinde;
Hochzeitlich Lied; Wiegenliedchen; Muttertandelei; Ein Obdach gegen Sturm und Regen
Repeated Saturday lpm


Introduced By: Stephanie Hughes.
Soprano: Melanie Diener
Piano: Irwin Gage
Piano: Schumann Frauenliebe
Unknown: Leben Strauss Einerlei
Unknown: Blaue Sommer
Unknown: Ein Obdach

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn Symphony No 5 in D (Reformation)
Conductor Thierry Fischer ,
Mozart Oboe Concerto in C, K314
Stella McCracken (oboe), conductor Thierry Fischer
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde Eva Randova (mezzo), Stig Anderson
(tenor), conductor Mark Elder ,


Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Oboe: Stella McCracken
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Unknown: Eva Randova
Tenor: Stig Anderson
Conductor: Mark Elder

: Opera in Action

Graeme Kay concludes his exploration of the mechanics of opera with a look at singers - what they bring to operatic roles, and how they become identified with particular characters. Producer Gautam Rangarajan


Unknown: Graeme Kay
Producer: Gautam Rangarajan

: In Tune

Sean Rafferty canvasses critical assessments of Fred Astaire , to mark the centenary of the actor and dancer's birth. Music includes
Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No 2 and soprano Renee Fleming singing Dove Sono from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Fred Astaire
Soprano: Renee Fleming
Unknown: Dove Sono

: Performance on 3

Tonight's concert of music by Bax opens with a piece composed in 1916 but not discovered for another
80 years. The concerto was not a Paul Wittgenstein commission but was written for the composer's wife, Harriet Cohen.
BBC Philharmonic, conductor
Vernon Handley , Margaret Fingerhut (piano), Jean Rigby (mezzo)
Bax In Memoriam (In Memoriam
Padraig Pearse ); Piano Concerto for the Left Hand; The Bard of the Dimbovitza


Unknown: Paul Wittgenstein
Unknown: Harriet Cohen.
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Piano: Margaret Fingerhut
Piano: Jean Rigby
Piano: Padraig Pearse

: Postscript

Sharp Focus
Eamonn McCabe looks at the power of photography to change our view of the world. He begins with Lewis Hine , who in 1908 used his camera to crusade against child labour. Producer Elizabeth Abrahams


Unknown: Eamonn McCabe
Unknown: Lewis Hine
Producer: Elizabeth Abrahams

: Fibonacci Sequence

Galina Ustvolskaya Grand Duet for Cello and Piano (1959)
Sofia Gubaidulina Piano Quintet (1957)


Unknown: Galina Ustvolskaya

: Voices

lain Burnside presents a specially-recorded recital by the American soprano Christine Brewer with Roger Vignoles (piano).
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder
Joseph Marx Selige Nacht: Der
Bescheidene Schafer; Marienlied; . Hat Dich die Liebe Beruhrt i Menotti Canti della Lontananza Producer Adam Gatehouse
Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Soprano: Christine Brewer
Piano: Roger Vignoles
Piano: Wagner Wesendonck Lieder
Piano: Joseph Marx

: Night Waves

Isobel Hinton talks to Theo Angelopoulos about his Palme d'Or- winning film Eternity and a Day, as it is released in Britain. A celebrated author preparing for death in his ' home in Thessaloniki becomes involved with an immigrant boy and returns with him to his native
Albania. Plus how Los Angeles continues to grip the imagination of writers and artists. Producer Paul Quinn


Talks: Isobel Hinton
Producer: Paul Quinn

: Jazz Notes

Alyn Shipton presents a studio set from the Tony Coe , John Horler , Malcolm Creese Trio.
Producer Terry Carter


Unknown: Alyn Shipton
Unknown: Tony Coe
Unknown: John Horler
Unknown: Malcolm Creese Trio.
Producer: Terry Carter

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
12.05am Bartok Three Folk Songs from the Csik District
12.09 Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn (St Antoni Chorale)
12.25 Bach Double Concerto in D minor, BWV1043
12.40 Bruhns Hemmt Eure Tranenflut
12.55 Rimsky-Korsakov, transcr Rachmaninov The Flight of the Bumble-Bee
1.00 Pascal Roge (piano) Faure, Satie, Poulenc, Debussy
1.50 Bartok Rhapsody No 1
2.00 Organ music from the Danzig Tabulature.
2.05 Schubert Symphony No 8 in B minor (Unfinished)
2.35 Elgar Sea Pictures
3.00 Schools
3.00 Music Box 3.15 Something to Think About 3.30 The Song Tree
3.45 Stories and Rhymes 4.00 Tales from Europe 4.15 Music for Dance
4.30 Pachelbel Canon and Gigue in D
4.35 Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
4.50 Chopin Nocturne in D flat, Op 27 No 2
5.00 Debussy, arr Grleissle Prélude a I'après-midi d'un faune
5.10 Bach Cantata No 54:
Wiederstehe doch der Sunde
5.20 Carious Hacquart , arr Verhoef Choirs from "De Triomfeerende Min"
5.25 Milhaud Scaramouche
5.35 Satie, arr Milhaud Jack-in -theSox
5.45 Robert Kajanus Rhapsody No 1
5.55 Puccini 0 Mio Babbino Caro
(Gianni Schicchi )


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Bruhns Hemmt
Piano: Pascal Roge
Unknown: Carious Hacquart
Unknown: Milhaud Scaramouche
Unknown: Milhaud Jack-In
Unknown: Robert Kajanus Rhapsody
Unknown: Mio Babbino Caro
Unknown: Gianni Schicchi

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