Presented by Martin Handley. Including Bach Dances at 8.00. Music includes:
7.00-8.00: Nicolai Overture: The Merry Wives of Windsor Vienna PO, conductor Carlos Kleiber
Finzi Farewell to Arms Ian Partridge (tenor) New
Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Vernon Handley
8.00-9.00: Shostakovich Concertino for two pianos Martha Argerich , Lilya Zilberstein Bach Komm , Jesu, Komm!
RIAS Chamber Choir, conductor Rene Jacobs
9.00-10.00: Nielsen Serenata in Vano Lahti Chamber Ensemble
Lanquetuit Toccata in D Gillian Weir (organ)
lain Burnside explores musical examples of love and loss of love, including works by Brahms, Debussy, Britten and Alma Mahler. He's joined by Dillie Keane , who chooses some of her favourite music to illustrate this Subject. EMAIL: [address removed]
Michael Berkeley welcomes Polish-born illustrator Jan Pienkowski , creator with Helen Nicoll of the much-loved Meg and Mog series of children's books and a pioneer of the modern pop-up book. His musical choices, which all have strong personal resonances, reflect his Polish background as well as his love of both Italy and England.
To celebrate The King's Singers' 40th anniversary, guest presenter Robert Hollingworth is joined by Simon Carrington , David Hurley and Christopher Gabbitas to look back at the 16th and 17th-century repertoire covered by The King's Singers since they formed in 1968, and chat about their approach to sacred and secular music. Producer Rebecca Bean
Chi-chi Nwanoku presents listeners' favourites. ADDRESS: Radio 3 Requests, BBC Wales, CF5 2YQ
Phone: [number removed]. email: [address removed]
Another chance to hear Wednesday's service from St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Introit: Super Flumina Babylonis (Palestrina). Responses:
Tomkins. Psalms: 53, 54, 55 (Smart, Turle, Stainer). First Lesson: Isaiah 31. Office Hymn: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (Wellington). Canticles: Watson in E. Second Lesson: Matthew 15, vvl-20. Anthem: And I Saw a New Heaven (Bainton). Final Hymn: Hills of the North, Rejoice (Little Cornard). Organ Voluntary: Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland , BWV569 (Bach). Director of music James Thomas. Assistant director of music David Humphreys.
Stephen Johnson visits New York City to talk to the composer Elliott Carter who reached his 100th birthday on 11 December. Focusing on four of his works - Elegy, Triple Duo, String Quartet No 5 and Dialogues - Carter delves into the techniques behind his music, together with Stories from his life. See also Friday 7pm
Aled Jones talks to Sasha Johnson Manning whose Manchester Carols aim to retell the story of the Nativity for the 21st century. He also introduces a selection of Christmas choral rarities.
As part of its celebrations for the 400th anniversary of John Milton's birth, Radio 3 presents a new production of Samson Agonistes, first published in 1671, three years before the poet's death. Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, with the chorus commenting on the action, it follows a biblical story of the blind Samson exacting revenge on the Philistines who have imprisoned him.
1/2. The Puppet Masters. Dance critic Judith Mackrell visits distinctive and pioneering choreographers working in Britain and Ireland. With Javier de Frutos , Michael Keegan-Dolan , Wayne McGregor and Hofesh Schechter. Producer Frances Byrnes
Monsters. With verse by Sylvia Plath , Brian Patten , Carol Ann Duffy , Tennyson, Ted Hughes , Margaret Atwood and Roald Dahl , read by Don Warrington and Carolyn Pickles , and music by Grieg, Knussen, and Schubert.
EMAIL: [address removed]
For details of the music and verse heard in this programme, visitwww.bbc.co.uk/radio3/wordsandmusic
A session featuring saxophonist Tim Garland 's trio and the Sacconi Strings, known collectively as the Lighthouse Project, at the City of London
Festival. Hosted by Clare Martin. Producer Keith Loxam
With Jonathan Swain.
A Scarlatti Christmas Cantata: Cinque Profeti
La Stagione, director Michael Schneider 2.02 Debussy Violin Sonata 2.15 Respiqhi Trittico Botticelliano
2.37 Brahms, arr Duczmal Sextet in B flat, Op 18 3.15 Anon Sonatas and Pastorellas for organ 3.29 Krelsler String Quartet in A minor 4.00 Bach Trio Sonata in G, BWV525
4.11 Kunzen Symphony in G minor 4.31 Poulenc Suite: Les Biches 4.51 Daquin Noël en Dialogue, duo et trio: Or Dites-Nous Marie , No 2 5.00 Enescu Romanian Rhapsody in A, No 1, Op 11 5.12 Sibelius Music to a Scene
5.18 Leontovitch Carol of the Bells Kountz The Sleigh a la Russe 5.22 Trad German, arr Rutter Still, Still, Still
5.24 Svendsen Symphony No 2 in B flat
6.00 Williamson This Christmas Night
6.03 Vivaldi Concerto in G minor for two cellos, RV531
6.16 Greiq Two Lyric Pieces 6.24 Bach Four chorales
6.33 Faure Pavane , Op 50 6.41 Dvorak Prague Waltzes, B99 6.49 Debussy La Plus Que Lente: Danse (Tarantelle Styrienne)