Based on Henry James 's 1898 ghost story, Britten's disturbing 1954 chamber opera
The Turn of the Screw explores themes of sexual repression and the corruption of innocence.
Charles Mackerras , who knew and worked closely with Britten, conducts David McVicar 's English
National Opera production, live from London's Coliseum. Presented by Martin Handley. Britten The Turn of the Screw
Members of the Orchestra of English National Opera, conductor Charles Mackerras
At 7.25 Martin Handley and documentary-maker and author John Bridcut explore the themes and composition of the opera, and Valentine Cunningham discusses Henry James 's novella. At 7.45 Act 2
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Gabriel Gbadamosi presents the arts discussion programme. Tonight, a first-night review of the new English National Opera and Mariinksy theatre production of Benjamin Britten 's ghost story opera, The Turn of the Screw. Producer Aasiya Lodhi
With Sarah Walker.
Wolf Die Geister am Mumme/see; Gebet Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)
10.07 Kabalevsky Cello Concerto
Steven Isserlis , London PO, conductor Andrew Litton
10.35 Britten The Turn of the Screw (excerpt)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conductor Daniel Harding
10.54 Beethoven Piano Trio in D, Op 70 (Ghost) Wilhelm Kempff (piano), Henryk Szeryng (violin), Pierre Fournier (cello)
11.21 Priuli, arr Empire Brass Canzone seconda a 6; Canzona Bergamasca Empire Bass
11.29 Grainger I'm Seventeen Come Sunday; Brigg Fair; The Lost Lady Found
Monteverdi Choir , English Country Gardiner Orchestra, conductor John Eliot Gardiner
11.40 Delius Brigg Fair
Halle Orchestra, conductor Mark Elder
The Turn of the Screw
From this summer's Glyndebourne Festival comes Jonathan Kent 's production of Benjamin Britten 's The Turn of the Screw. Presented by Martin Handley with soprano Vivian Tierney , who gives her insights into performing Britten on stage.
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Edward Gardner
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7/10. The Turn of the Screw. John Evans talks to the veteran director Basil Coleman , who worked closely with Britten during the 1950s, and directed the premiere of his chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, based on Henry James 's ghost story, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 1954.
Michael Berkeley talks to award-winning actor Alex Jennings , whose film credits include The Queen and Babel. He has also appeared in TV dramas such as A Very Social Secretary, Spooks and The State Within. His musical tastes range from Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing Bach, Laurence Olivier declaiming Shakespeare to Walton's music, and Britten's opera The Turn of the Screw.
3/5. With Donald Macleod.
Interlude; Bounce Me High, Bounce Me Low (Albert Herring ); Five Flower Songs, Op 47; At Night (The Turn of the Screw) Repeated from Wednesday
4/5. After the premiere of The Turn of the Screw in 1954, the composer felt that he had reached the end of a musical trajectory. Two years later,
Britten visited Bali, where he found inspiration in the sound of the gamelan. Mervyn Cooke , author of Britten and the Far East, joins Donald Macleod. Antiphon, Op 56b Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, conductor Christopher Robinson The Prince of the Pagodas (excerpts)
London Sinfonietta, conductor Oliver Knussen
Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company; Sir!, Heare Are Lions, Leapardes, In (Noye's Fludde)
Children's chorus of animals and birds from
Salisbury and Chester schools, City of London Sinfonia, conductor Richard Hickox
Missa Brevis in D, Op 63 Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell (organ)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpts)
New London Children's Choir, London
Symphony Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis Repeated on Wednesday at 12 midnight
3/5. Donald Macleod is joined by author John Bridcut to discuss how Benjamin Britten 's relationships with adolescent boys influenced the music he wrote.
Interlude; Bounce Me High, Bounce Me Low (Albert Herring )
Northern Sinfonia, conductor Steuart Bedford Five Flower Songs, Op 47
Polyphony, conductor Stephen Layton Blow Her Away (Billy Budd )
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer Choral Dances (Gloriana)
Finzi Singers, director Paul Spicer At Night (The Turn of the Screw)
Mahler CO, conductor Daniel Harding Repeated on Tuesday at 12 midnight
With Jonathan Swain.
Warlock 0 Curlew Cry No More (The Curlew)
John Armstrong (tenor), Robert Murchie (flute), Terence MacDonagh (cor anglais), International Quartet, conductor Constant Lambert
10.10 Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op 57 Victor Aller (piano), Hollywood Quartet
10.40 Britten The Lesson (The Turn of the Screw, Scene 6) David Hemmings (treble),
Olive Dyer and Jennifer Vyvyan (sopranos),
Joy Boughton (oboe/cor anglais), English Opera Group Orchestra, conductor Benjamin Britten
10.46 Vaughan Williams Ten Blake Songs Ian Partridge (tenor), Janet Craxton (oboe)
11.05 Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 in A minor (Scottish) LSO, conductor Peter Maag
11.45 Marcello Oboe Concerto in C minor Leon Goossens , Philharmonia, conductor Walter Susskind
Sean Rafferty presents a tribute to the soprano Susan Chilcott , who died a year ago. With contributions from herfriend and accompanist lain Burnside. Including excerpts from Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, plus songs by Strauss,
Prokofiev, Haydn, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and Dominic Argento. The programme ends with Berg's Seven Early Songs, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Walter Weller. See also Voices at 4pm on Tuesday
With Jonathan Swain.
Heinichen Concerto in F
Musica Antiqua , Koln, director Reinhard Goebel
10.18 Britten The Turn of the Screw, Act (conclusion) Julian Leang (treble), Caroline Wise , Joan Rodgers and Vivian Tierney (sopranos), Jane Henschel (mezzo),
Ian Bostridge (tenor), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conductor Daniel Harding
10.41 Mozart Ballet (Idomeneo, Act 3) Mozart Orchestra of Zurich Opera, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt
10.57 Hasse Chori Angelici Laetantes
Bernarda Fink (mezzo), Musica Antiqua , Koln, conductor Reinhard Goebel
11.15 Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 2 (conclusion) Richard Dakin , John Pryer , Ian Wodehouse and Gordon Clark (trebles), Alfred Deller (countertenor), Heather Harper (soprano), Josephine Veasey (mezzo), Peter Pears (tenor), Thomas Hemsley (baritone), Stephen Terry (speaker), London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer
11.47 Quantz Concerto in G Jed Wentz and Marion Moonen (flutes), Musica Antiqua , Koln, conductor Reinhard Goebel
With Rob Cowan. This week featuring
Shostakovich symphonies and recordings by Wilhelm Kempff.
Bach, transcr Kempff Siciliano (Flute Sonata in Eflat, BWV1031) Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
10.05 Debussy Syrinx Aurele Nicolet (flute)
10.09 Listener Request: Britten The Turn of the Screw, Act 1 (excerpt)
Members of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis
10.20 Listener Request: Arnold Piano Trio, Op 54 Nash Ensemble
10.33 Fetras MondnachtaufderAlster , Op 60 Bela Sanders and his Ballroom Orchestra
10.37 Beethoven Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight) Wilhelm Kempff
10.52 Shostakovich Symphony No 11
(The Year 1905) Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Yevgeni Mravinsky
11.50 Couperin Le Carillon de Cithere (Pieces de Clavecin, 14eme Ordre) Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
Donald Macleod and Tony Scotland look at what the two composers'music for theatre and drawing room reveal about their contrasting personalities.
Berkeley Sonatina, Op 39 (Istmvt)
Ian Brown and Kathryn Stott (piano duet) Britten Turn of the Screw, Act 1 Scene 8 Soloists, Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
Britten Noye's Fludde (excerpt) Soloists, Coull Quartet, Members of the Endymion Ensemble, conductor Richard Hickox
Berkeley Nelson , Act 3 (Emma Hamilton 's final aria) Eiddwen Harrhy (soprano), BBCSO, conductor Elgar Howarth.
Berkeley Oboe Quartet Nash Ensemble Repeated from Thursday
The wildly contrasting personalities of Britten and Berkeley are revealed in the music they wrote forthe theatre and for the drawing room. Presented by Donald Macleod with Tony Scotland.
Berkeley Sonatina, Op 39 (1st mvt)
Ian Brown and Kathryn Stott (piano duet) Britten Turn of the Screw, Act 1 Scene 8 Sam Pay (treble), Felicity Lott , Eileen Hulse , Phyllis Cannan and Nadine Secunde (sopranos), Philip Langridge (tenor), Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble Britten Noye 's Fludde (excerpt)
Alexander Gallifant , Timothy Lamb and Nicholas Berry (trebles), Polly Hewetson and Joanna Brown (sopranos),
Linda Ormiston and Camelia Johnson (mezzos), Donald Maxwell (baritone), Richard Pasco (speaker), Schools from Salisbury and Chester, John Alley (piano), Ian Watson (piano), Alan Harwood (organ), Coull Quartet, Members of the Endymion
Ensemble, conductor Richard Hickox
Berkeley Nelson , Act 3 (Emma Hamilton 's final aria) Eiddwen Harrhy (soprano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Elgar Howarth.
Berkeley Oboe Quartet Nash Ensemble Repeated on Wednesday at 12 midnight
Ivan Hewett debates the pros and cons of surtitles for opera as the Royal Opera
House's production of Britten's Turn of the Screw opens. Plus a report from Milan on the homeless La Scala and a review of Granta's new collection of writing on music.
A performance of Welsh National Opera's new production of Benjamin Britten 's chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, given at the New Theatre, Cardiff, last week. This taut drama, which Britten and his librettist Myfanwy Piper crafted from Henry James 's ghost story, is set in an isolated country house in the east of England.
Presented by Huw Tregelles Williams in conversation with John Crowley , who explains how he has attempted to convey the drama of the piece in this, his first opera production.
Welsh National Opera Orchestra, conductor Carlo Rizzi
Absent Friends. Lynne Walker goes in search of characters who might be missing but who shouldn't necessarily be presumed dead, in operas ranging from Puccini's Tosca to Bizet's Carmen, and from
Poulenc's La Voix Humaineto Britten 's
The Turn of the Screw. Producer David McGuinness
Peter Porter explores the dramatic device of the letter in opera. Including excerpts from Britten's The Turn of the Screw; Verdi's Macbeth, La Traviata and Falstaff; and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin , with the most famous letter scene of them all.
Producer Alan Hall
In the 1980s tenor Philip Langridge began a fruitful association with English National Opera. He talks to Joan Bakewell about the unusual repertoire he has tackled and about being given three weeks to learn the title role in Janacek's Osud. Music also includes excerpts from Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Schoenberg's Moses und Aron.