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: On Air

Petroc Trelawny with arts news and music, including a review of the first night of a tour by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi . Music includes at 6.30
Mozart's String Quintet in C minor, K406, played by members of the Vienna String Sextet; at 7.00 Saint-Saens's The Nightingale and the Rose sung by soprano
Natalie Dessay ; and at 8.15 Locatelli's
Concerto Grosso in E flat (Ariana's Lament) played by Europa Galante , director Fabio Biondi.


Conducted By: Neeme Jarvi
Soprano: Natalie Dessay
Played By: Europa Galante
Director: Fabio Biondi.

: Masterworks

With Peter Hobday.
Walton Fanfare and March (Macbeth) Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Neville Marriner
9.07 Praetorius Dances from
Terpsichore (excerpts) New London Consort, director Philip Pickett
9.13 Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Solomon, Philharmonia, conductor Herbert Menges
9.44 Prokofiev Cello Sonata, Op 119 Mstislav Rostropovich ,
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
10.07 Praetorius Dances from
Terpsichore (excerpts) New London Consort, director Philip Pickett
10.12 Chopin Mazurka in A minor, Op 68 No 2 Solomon (piano)
10.15 Hindemith Concerto for
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conductor Neeme Jarvi


Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Unknown: St Martin
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Director: Philip Pickett
Conductor: Herbert Menges
Unknown: Mstislav Rostropovich
Piano: Sviatoslav Richter
Director: Philip Pickett
Director: Chopin Mazurka

: Artist of the Week

Stephen Hough
Concert pianist Stephen Hough divides his time between London and New York. He talks to Joan Bakewell about his lifestyle and how, between concerts, he enjoys arranging miniature pieces for encores. He reveals the recording of which he is most proud, and the programme includes music by Mompou and Hough's own arrangement of The Londonderry Air.


Unknown: Stephen Hough
Pianist: Stephen Hough
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: Sound Stories

The final programme focuses on the tremendous challenge of setting the second, highly philosophical half of Goethe's dramatic masterpiece. Schumann The Death of Faust
(Scenes from Goethe's "Faust")
Tolz Boys ' Choir, Swedish Radio Chorus, Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Claudio Abbado
Busoni The Vision of Helen of Troy (Doktor Faust)
Mephistopheles WILLIAM COCHRAN (tenor) Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ferdinand Leitner
Liszt Court Celebration from
Eduard Lassen 's "Faust"
Leslie Howard (piano)
Mahler Symphony No 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) (Part 2: Conclusion) Soloists, Netherlands Radio Choir, Leipzig Opera Chorus, Elburg Boys'
Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, conductor Edo de Waart


Unknown: Tolz Boys
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Tenor: William Cochran
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Unknown: Eduard Lassen
Piano: Leslie Howard
Mephistopheles: Jan-Hendrik Rooetering(bass)
Faust: Bryn Terfel(baritone)

: Composer of the Week: Smetana

Fiona Talkington explores music from the final years of Smetana's life, including the startling String Quartet No 2 and highlights from the late operas completed before the composer's eventual decline in a Prague lunatic asylum.
The Secret (Overture; Listen, You Distant World; Look, the Bagpipes Have Arrived)
Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Zdenek Kosler
The Bear (Czech Dances) Rudolf Firkusny (piano)
String Quartet No 2 in D minor Skampa Quartet
The Devil's Wall (Only One Lovely Woman's Beauty Touched Me) Vaclav Bednar (bass),
Prague National Theatre Orchestra, conductor Zdenek Chalabala
From the Homeland
Josef Suk (violin), Jan Panenka (piano)


Unknown: Fiona Talkington
Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
Piano: Rudolf Firkusny
Bass: Vaclav Bednar
Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
Violin: Josef Suk
Violin: Jan Panenka
Malina: Jaroslav Horacek(bass)
Kalina: Vaclav Zitek(baritone)
Skrivanek: Oldrich Spisar(tenor)
Roza: Vera Soukoupova (mezzo)
Bonifac: Karel Prusa (bass)

: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

A recital given last year in the Adrian Boult Hall of Birmingham
Conservatoire by Ronan O'Hora (piano). Uszt Nuages Gris; La Lugubre Gondola No 2
Schubert Piano Sonata in A minor,
D845 Repeat


Unknown: Adrian Boult Hall
Piano: Ronan O'Hora

: The BBC Orchestras

BBC Philharmonic
Mendelssohn Overture: Ruy Bias Conductor Vassily Sinaisky
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor Sylvia Marcovici (violin), conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier
Mahler Symphony No 5
Conductor Vassily Sinaisky


Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky
Violin: Sylvia Marcovici
Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky

: Music Restored

Ahead of Saturday's simultaneous live relay of Handel's Semele on BBC2 and Radio 3,
Robert Hollingworth looks into the often bewildering worlds of Baroque opera, with the help of an expert - the conductor Rene Jacobs. With excerpts from operas by Handel, Graun, Monteverdi and Cavalli. Repeated from yesterday 10pm


Unknown: Robert Hollingworth
Conductor: Rene Jacobs.

: In Tune

Music, arts news and conversation with Sean Rafferty , including
Bartok's Divertimento for Strings and a cantata by Georg Melchior
Hoffmann - Meine Seele Ruhmt und
Priest - sung by Peter Schreier.


Unknown: Sean Rafferty
Unknown: Georg Melchior
Unknown: Meine Seele Ruhmt
Sung By: Peter Schreier.

: Performance on 3

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tonight's concert comes live from St David 's Hall, Cardiff.
Conductor Tadaaki Otaka ,
Aleksandar Madzar (piano)
Chopin, orch Glazunov Chopiniana
Chopin Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor
8.20 Book of the Month
Declan Kiberd reviews Brenda
Maddox's new Yeats biography
George's Ghosts - the Secret Life of WB Yeats, which concentrates on the last decade of Yeats's life.
8.40 Sibelius Symphony No 1


Unknown: St David
Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka
Piano: Aleksandar Madzar
Unknown: Declan Kiberd

: Postscript

Sharp Focus
The last of this week's programmes exploring the power of photography focuses on Sebastiao Salgado 's images of the gold rush in the Brazilian Amazon - images of people enslaved by the dream of unimaginable wealth.


Unknown: Sebastiao Salgado

: Hear and Now

Verity Sharp reports from this year's Sonorities festival of contemporary music in Belfast, talks to the featured composers and introduces performances of some new and recent works.
London Sinfonietta,
Jonny Axelsson (percussion) Gerard Grisey Talea
Jonty Harrison Streams (first performance)
Jonathan Harvey Death of Light Kevin Volans Akhrodha
Producer Philip Tagney


Unknown: Verity Sharp
Unknown: Jonny Axelsson
Unknown: Gerard Grisey Talea
Unknown: Jonty Harrison Streams
Unknown: Jonathan Harvey Death
Unknown: Kevin Volans Akhrodha
Producer: Philip Tagney

: Jazz Century

Russell Davies presents a 52-part history of jazz, from its earliest stirrings until the end of the millennium.
19: Swing Takes Over. Musicians had been moving towards swing ever since Louis Armstrong , playing in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Orchestra, started taking every opportunity to give a triplet feel to the beat. Then the tuba was replaced by a new rhythm section of guitar and string bass. But swing only emerged fully with the smooth, lithe unison riffs developed by big bands in the 1930s. Repeated from Saturday 6pm


Unknown: Russell Davies
Unknown: Louis Armstrong

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
12.05am Liszt, arr Klugescheid Liebestraum
12.10 Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, Op 48
12.40 Rachmaninov Prelude in F sharp minor, Op 23 No 1
12.45 Groneman Flute Sonata in E minor
1.00 Handel Quartet in G, Op 5 No 4 Buffardin Concerto a 5 in E minor for
Flute and Strings Vivaldi Trio Sonata in D minor, Op I No 12 (La Follia) Corrette Concerto Comique No 25 (Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg)
1.55 Beethoven Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 13 (Pathetique)
2.15 Brahms Symphony No 2 in D
2.55 Juon Cello Sonata No 2 in A minor, Op 54
3.15 Arensky Suite No 1 for Two Pianos
3.30 Fritz Brun Symphony No 2
4.10 Faure Nocturne No 12 in E minor, Op 107
4.20 CPE Bach Concerto in E flat,
4.40 Marais Allemande ; Chaconne
4.45 Holmboe Benedic Domino
5.00 Sibelius Romance
5.03 Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No 2
5.20 Mozart, arr Danzi Duos from "Cosi Fan Tutte"
5.30 Telemann Sonata in A (Der
Getreue Music-Meister)
5.35 Huet Fantasia
5.40 Handel Oft on a Plat (L 'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato)
5.45 Purcell King Arthur (excerpts)


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Tchaikovsky Serenade
Pianos: Fritz Brun
Unknown: Marais Allemande
Unknown: Danzi Duos
Unknown: Handel Oft

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