Rossini's last opera (1829), in the original French, live from Covent Garden. (bar)(soprano) (tenor) (mezzo) (soprano) (bass) (bass) (tenor) (bass) (baritone)(tenor) (baritone) Royal Opera Chorus director Robin Stapleton Orchestra of the ROH conductor Michel Plasson Act 1
7.15 Richard Osborne talks with Michel Plasson , John Cox , Chris Merritt and Leila Cuberli.
7.40 Act 2
8.35 A Hopeful Piece of History: T J Reed places Schiller's drama Wilhelm Tell in the contexts of the dramatist's time and the present day.
8.55 Acts 3 and 4 (In assoc with the Nestle Co Ltd and the Jean Sainsbury ROH Fund)
Robert Sanda !) and Mark Russe )) with music that mixes styles and influences. Including a feature on how and where you can get hold of your copies of some of it. Producer A!an Ha!!
by David Brett.
Following the death of their daughter, two musicians find that they are unable to continue their lives together until one of them, while working on The Magic Flute, discovers that the opera holds an unusual healing message for them.
Music performed by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin O'Callaghan
Byte the Music in the last of the series,
Mike Edwards looks to the future. From virtual reality to music based on the theory of chaos today, he takes a look at what the future might hold.
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Olivier Latry , organist of Notre-Dame in Paris, gives a dazzling display of music in the great French tradition from the 19th and 20th centuries, recorded at
Norwich Cathedral, which holds the third largest organ in Britain. Wldor
Allegro (Symphony No 6) Messiaen L'apparition du Christ ressuscite à
Marie-Madeleine (Livre du Saint Sacrement)
Latry Improvisation on a submitted theme
Vleme Finale (Symphony No 1)
Julian Gregory Sound Bytes ogs on to the network of links, threads and connections that hold music together and saves the world from destruction!
Producer Mark Rowlinson
It is 50 years since the Amadeus Quartet first played together. This week, the surviving members of the quartet hold their tenth summer school at the Royal Academy of Music in London, culminating with a showcase concert at the Wigmore Hall this Saturday.
Humphrey Carpenter hears how they pass on their advice to new generations of string quartets. Music includes
Mozart and Dvorak and, at about
6.35, Poulenc's Organ Concerto played by Maurice Durufle.
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway 5: The Killers. Al and Max are on a job. They hold up a diner and await their victim. Reader Kerry Shale. Abridged by John Hartley.
From the buffalo-hunting peoples of the plains to the Inuit in the Arctic, the British Museum holds one of the most important North American collections outside the United States and Canada. Paul Allen reports on the opening of a new gallery devoted to the collection. Plus a review of new stories from Italian novelist and critic Claudio Magris. Producer Zahid Warley.
Ivan Hewett asks what the future will hold forthe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra when Gerard Schwarz takes over as musical director. Plus a report on musical life in the former Soviet republics. Producer Anthony Sellors
Does theatre only play a bit part in the modern world? What relevance do stage plays hold for audiences bombarded by new electronic media? With his six-part series Changing Stages starting on BBC2 this Sunday, Richard Eyre joins
Patrick Wright and guests to discuss the future of theatre in the 21st century. And Night Waves takes a look at the cruel modern literary world, as portrayed by Wonderboys, the new film by LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson , starring Michael Douglas.
Five programmes this week in which
Humphrey Burton talks to cellist Yo-Yo Ma about his life and approach to music.
2: French Music. Yo-Yo Ma - who was born in France-talks about the powerful hold that the country and its music exert on him. Bach Cello Suite in D, BWV1012
Saint-Saens The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)
Faure Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 117 With Kathryn Stott (piano)
Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor
With BBCPO, conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier Faure Romance in A, Op 69 With Kathryn Stott (piano)
Live from the Royal Albert Hall , London. Featuring concert works drawn from two late Strauss operas, both based on Greek myths. Die Liebe de Danaewas not performed until after Strauss's death, and tonight's ravishing symphonic fragment was arranged from the final pages of the opera score by the conductor of its 1952 premier, Clemens Krauss. An den Baum Daphne is a "pendant" to
Strauss's opera Daphne, composed some years after its 1938 first performance for mixed chorus and boys'voices. Plus excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier selected by conductor Charles Mackerras. Presented by Penny Gore .
Choristers of King's College, Cambridge, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra Strauss Symphonic Fragment: Die Liebe der Danae Conductor Charles Mackerras An den Baum Daphne
Conductor Stephen Cleobury
8.10 Twenty Minutes: Summer Nights God Save the Rain Queen
Christopher Hope tells the story of Bamadodi VI, the Rain Queen, who holds sway as the authorised rainmaker in the South African highveld, but whose power is threatened by the modern attitudes that are sweeping the country.
8.30 Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (excerpts)
Conductor Charles Mackerras Repeated Friday 2pm
With Jonathan Swain.
Liszt Via Crucis Bach Four organ chorales Igor Kuljeric 0 Cross, Hold Us in Your Mercy 1.45 Moyzes Symphony No 3
2.10 Regamey Concerto for violin and cello 2.30 Penderecki Miserere
2.35 Schierbeck Andante Dolorosa,
Op 5 7 No 2 2.40 Mozart String Quartet in B flat, K589 3.05 JM Kraus Symphonie Funebre in C minor 3.25 Anon The
Bordesholm Lament of Virgin Mary
(excerpts) 4.05 Beethoven Piano Sonata in G, Op 14 No 2 4.20 Fesch Concerto in G minor for two flutes, Op 5 No 2
4.30 Schreker Der Schatzgraber
4.45 Chopin Prelude in A flat, Op 28 No 17
4.50 Praetorius Kyrie Martyrum
5.00 Benoit Ave Regina ; Victimae Paschali
5.05 Mozetich Procession 5.20 Bajamonti Symphony in C 5.25Gesualdo 0 Vos Omnes
5.30 Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 5.45 Byrd Echo Galliard 5.50 Bodinus Trio in G for oboe and two bassoons 6.00 Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D, BWV1050
6.20 Kelemen Variations 6.30 Geminianl
Concerto Grosso in D, Op 7 No 1
6.40 Anon Easter Melody
6.45 Wagner Overture: Tannhauser
4/5. The Depression Years
Donald Macleod charts George Gershwin 's career in the aftermath of the Wall Street crash of 1929, when audiences were ever more willing to escape the hardships of daily life via a Broadway show such as Girl Crazy.
Gershwin also succumbed to the allure of the financial rewards offered by Hollywood.
However, in spite of a comfortable existence in a Spanish-style Beverly Hills mansion,
Gershwin's time in Tinseltown didn't hold the same appeal as his hometown, and he was soon back in New York for the premiere of a symphonic piece entitled Second Rhapsody. Embraceable You (Girl Crazy)
Judy Blazer (Molly), David Carroll (Danny), orchestra conducted by John Mauceri / Got Rhythm Variations
Morton Gould and his Orchestra
Second Rhapsody Los Angeles PO. conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas (piano) Of Thee I Sing, Act 1 (Finale)
Larry Kert , Maureen McGovern , Paige O'Hara and Caspar Roos (singers), New York Choral Artists, Orchestra of St Luke's, conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas
Cuban Overture Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conductor Charles Dutoit Repeated on Wednesday at 12 midnight
With Rob Cowan. There's also a chance to hear Schumann's Carnaval, as recommended on yesterday's CD Review. Music includes:
Brahms Serenade No 1 in D, Op 11 (6 mvt) Czech PO, conductor Jiri Belohlavek
Mozart Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Zaide) Rita Streich (soprano), RIAS SO, Berlin, conductor Artur Rother
Schmidt Three Fantasy Pieces
Nancy Green (cello), Frederick Moyer (piano) Weinberger Fugue (Schwanda the Bagpiper) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Rudolf Kempe
Bach So gehest da nun, mein Jesu hin, BWV500; Mein Jesu was fOr Seelenweh,
BWV487 Bach , arr Jansen Heut ' triumphant Gottes Sohn Aafje Heynis (contralto), Simon C Jansen (organ)
Ronald Corp Forever Child; Where Go the Boats; God Be in My Head; Lute-Book Lullaby
Voces Cantabiles, conducted by the composer Bartok Ballad; Hungarian Peasant Dances (Hungarian Peasant Songs)
Hungarian National PO, conductor Zoltan Kocsis Tournier Suite for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp, Op 34 Linos Harp Quintet
Christian Gouinguene , after Heinichen Trombone Concerto in A minor
Armon Rosin , Vienna Chamber Orchestra, conductor Philippe Entremont
Wiren Serenade for Strings, Op 11
National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, conductor Eduardo Mata
Charpentier Scene 5: Les Arts Florissants
Les Arts Florissants, director William Christie
Could Artificial Intelligence really help us figure out what the human mind is and how it works? Professor Maggie Boden meets the world's leading experts in Al to find out how far the technology has come, what the future holds for Ai and, importantly, whether it can help psychologists and philosophers explore what the human mind really is. Fifty years on from Al's genesis at the Dartmouth Conference, this programme affords a rare opportunity to hear the world's leading philosophers and psychologists exploring the enduring questions about the human mind. Producer Susannah Matthews
It's Big and It's Beautiful: the Rise of Retro Tech 4/4. In the final essay looking at the significance of old technology in the modern world, Christine Finn reflects on Cuba, where old technology, in all its glorious bigness, still holds sway.
Max Reinhardt introduces late-night music, including a piece based on The Beatles' Hold Me Tight, and Vour Mother Eats like a Platipus, by Jono El Grande.
Andrew Motion reflects on his time as Poet
Laureate as he prepares to step down from the post after ten years and publishes his last collection of poems as Laureate, The Cinder Path. In conversation with Ian McMillan he discusses what the future holds for him, and for the office of Poet Laureate itself. Producer Laura Thomas