With Richard Osborne.
Byrd Mass for Five Voices Sarum Consort, director Andrew Mackay
7.29 Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat, K493
Ambache Chamber Ensemble
8.01 Berg, orch Verbey Sonata, Op 1 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conductor Riccardo Chailly
8.15 Sibelius Symphony No 6
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conductor Herbert Blomstedt
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8.45 An Advent Calendar
Malcolm Bruno introduces more
Christmas carols performed by British amateur choirs.
City of Sheffield Girls' Choir, conductor Vivien Pike
English trad, arr Keyte/Parrott Wassail Song
American trad 0 Mary and the Baby Czech trad Zezulka z Lesa Vylitla Next programme tomomrrow 8.40am
With Richard Osborne.
Stephen Walsh compares available recordings of Berg's Wozzeck. Nicholas Anderson reviews new releases of Baroque music, including Bach's concertos for three and four harpsichords with Bob van Asperen and Melante Amsterdam, Monn concertos from Michael Schneider and La Stagione Frankfurt. Vivaldi's Dresden Sonatas from Europa
Galante, and Telemann's
Essercizii Musici and Christmas Oratorio.
Revised repeat tomorrow 11.45pm
Bach Concerto in A minor for Four
Harpsichords, BWV1065 Bernhard Klapprott ,
Carsten Lohff and Marcelo Bussi
(harpsichords), Melante Amsterdam, director Bob van Asperen (harpsichord)
10.27 Vivaldi Sonata in G minor,
Fabio Biondi (violin),
Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord), Maurizio Naddeo (cello)
10.36 Monn Cello Concerto in G minor
Rainer Zipperling ,
La Stagione Frankfurt, director Michael Schneider
10.54 Telemann Christmas Cantata:
Der Herr Hat Offenbaret
Constanze Backes (soprano),
Mechthild Georg (alto), Andreas Post (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass),
Michaelstein Chamber Chorus and Telemann Chamber Orchestra, conductor Ludger Remy
Stephen Johnson has been listening to two sets of historical Bruckner symphony recordings. The one from EMI features conductors such as Wilhelm Furtwangler ,
Clemens Krauss , Karl Bohm , Oswald Kabasta and Siegmund von Hausegger. The one from Tahra is a composite cycle from Eugen Jochum and his less well-known brother Georg-Ludwig Jochum.
Producers Clive Portbury and Patrick Lambert Discs
Michael Berkeley is joined this week by Malcolm Bradbury , whose novel of sixties academic life, The History Man, catapulted him to fame, and whose creative-writing course at the University of East Anglia fostered the talents of Ian McEwan and Kazuo
Ishiguro, among many others.
Bradbury has recently published An Atlas of Literature, and his musical choices reflect his current fascination with the spirit of place, from
Bohemian forests to the mountains of Appalachia and the Auvergne. Executive producer Wendy Thompson
Another chance to hear the four-part series in which Annette Morreau explores the life and recordings of the great Austrian cellist
Emanuel Feuermann , who died in 1942. This first programme includes rare archive interviews with George Szell , Artur Rubinstein , Szymon Goldberg and Gerald Moore , and contemporary comment from Janos Starker , relatives and students. Including Chopin's Polonaise Brillante , Op 3 Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen and Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody. Repeat
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor David Shallon ,
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano) Gershwin Piano Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No 5 in C minor Repeat
Owen Rees introduces the vocal ensemble in music by and attributed to Cristobal de Morales.
Missa J'Homme Arme; Two Motets:
Tantum Ergo; 0 Crux Ave, Spes Unica
With Geoffrey Smith. Producer Alan Hall Discs
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Weekly magazine programme in which Ivan Hewett and guests explore current issues in the world of music. Today, a feature on a new book revealing the secret life of choreographer Frederick Ashton , a visit to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts at the end of its first term, and a discussion on the trend for "holy minimalism" in music. Producer Jessica Isaacs
Repeated tomorrow 12.15pm
This new production of Gluck's heroic drama opened the season at La Scala, Milan, earlier this evening. The story of the sorceress Armida and the crusader knight Rinaldo was one of the most frequently used by operatic composers. Gluck's version of 1777 was the fifth of the seven operas he composed for Paris, and was set to a libretto by Philippe Quinault , first used by Lully over 90 years earlier. Although the opera has become a rarity, it was admired by Meyerbeer and Berlioz, and Wagner and Toscanini both conducted it.
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, conductor Riccardo Muti
Acts 1, 2 and 3 7.55 Gluck's Armide takes its story from Torquato Tasso's monumental poem Gerusalemme Liberata of 1581. Tim Carter discusses the mixture of fact and fiction in Tasso's epic of the First Crusade, and its influence on opera composers from Monteverdi to Dvorak.
8.15 Acts 4 and 5
Evolution, and its implications for man and nature, continues to divide the scientific world. Kevin Jackson talks to acclaimed science writer
Stephen Jay Gould about his new book Life's Grandeur, and discusses a selection of recent writings on evolution aimed at a general audience. Novelist Robert Irwin turns from science to sorcery as he delves into medieval magical handbooks.
Brian Morton introduces a specially recorded session by guitarist Mike Walker and his band - Nikki lies
(piano), Gary Cuishaw (bass) and Steve Brown (drums). Music on CD comes from saxophonist lain
Ballamy, pianist Glenn Horiuchi , and from the duo of Anthony Braxton
(saxophones) and Richard Teitelbaum (computer maestro). Alyn Shipton discusses new additions to the jazz bookshelf and talks to Mike Walker about his music.
In the sixth of eight programmes exploring the life of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, Ian Carr concentrates on 1958, the year in which Monk formed a new quartet and recorded a live album at the Five
Spot Cafe. Monk's saxophonist Johnny Griffin vividly recalls the period. Monk also recorded with trumpeter Clark Terry. Repeat
Impressions producer Derek Drescher
With Donald Macleod.
1.00 Jazz from Bulgaria
Simeon Chterev (flute),
Antoni Dontchev (piano), Vesselin Ivanov
(bass), Atanas Bakardjiev (bassoon)
2.05 Gala Concert by the Prizewinners of the Belvedere Opera Competition. Slovak Philh/Conrad Artmuller
3.25 Early Music
Ludger Lohmann (organ), Tomasz Adam Nowak (organ), Cappella Gedanensis , director
Alina Kowalska-Pinczak . Organ music by Buxtehude, Seifert and Schmiedtlien and motets by Hakenberger
4.40 Chamber Music
Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op 51
Schubert String Quartet in C, D956 Antonio Meneses (cello)