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BBC Radio 3

Composer of the Week: Britten

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
BBC Radio 3

The Operas of Britten

The next two in the series are the operas inspired by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw An opera in two acts
Libretto by MYFANWY piper after the story by HENRY JAMES
Last year's Wexford Festival production recorded by Radio Telefis Eireann
Peter Quint , ghost of the former manservant
Miss Jessel , ghost of the former governess. ANNE CANT (soprano)
Prologue; Sc 1: The journey; Sc 2: The welcome; Sc 3: The letter; Sc 4: The tower; Sc 5: The window; Sc 6: The lesson; Sc 7: The lake; Sc 8: At night
BBC Radio 3

The Operas of Britten

A Midsummer Night's Dream
An opera in three acts, with libretto by PETER PEARS and THE COMPOSER, based on SHAKEspeare's play.
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by THE COMPOSER gramophone records
Act 1: The depths of a wood near Athens: Act 2: The same
3.55* Interval Reading
4.5* A Midsummer Night's Dream
Act 3: The same, changing to the palace of Theseus
(The Turn of the Screw: 25 June)
BBC Radio 3

Artist of the Week

Felicity Lott
With Joan Bakewell. Opera has always been an important part of Felicity Lott 's career. Well known for her interpretations of Mozart and Strauss, she has also sung a wide range of other roles, including the Governess in Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Ellen Orford in his opera Peter Grimes. With music by Mozart and Britten.
BBC Radio 3

Composers of the Week: LennoxBerkeley and Benjamin Britten

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
BBC Radio 3

Composers of the Week: LennoxBerkeley and Benjamin Britten

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
BBC Radio 3

This Week's Composer

Britten Song: The journeying boy (Winter Words): PETER PEARS (tenor), THE COMPOSER (piano) Ellen's Aria: Embroidery in childhood (Peter Grimes ) CLAIRE WATSON (soprano)
Churchyard Scene (The Turn of the Screw) (mono): SOLOISTS ENGLISH OPERA GROUP ORCHESTRA conducted by THE COMPOSER
Song-cycle: Who are these children?: PETER PEARS (tenor) THE COMPOSER (piano)
The Games of Apollo (Death in Venice) Apollo
JAMES BOWMAN (counter-tenor)
BBC Radio 3

I Know What I Like

Frank Kermode is King Edward VII Professor of . English Literature at
Cambridge: but. from his Manx childhood onwards, music has come a close second. His personal choice of records includes Heddle Nash singing Handel, Heifetz and Primrose playing a Mozart duo. and extracts from Fidelio. Arabella and The Turn of the Screw.
BBC Radio 3


Role Play
Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.
1: Joan Rodgers and Andrea Gascoigne talk about playing the governess in Henry James 's The Turn of the Screw. Repeat
BBC Radio 3

Artist of the Week

Philip Langridge
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.
BBC Radio 3

Opera in Action

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
BBC Radio 3

CD Masters

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)
BBC Radio 3

Sunday Gala

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
BBC Radio 3

CD Masters

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
BBC Radio 3

Composer of the Week: Britten

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
BBC Radio 3

Composer of the Week: Britten

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
BBC Radio 3

CD Masters

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
BBC Radio 3

Private Passions

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.
BBC Radio 3

Classical Collection

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
BBC Radio 3

Record Review

Presented by Anthony Burton.
Symphonic Suite: The Golden Cockerel
Bolshoi Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Alexander Lazarev
7.30 Alkan Concerto do camera No 1 in A minor
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor
Martyn Brabbins
7.46 Locatelll Violin
Concerto in C, Op 3 No 5 Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) Raglan Baroque Players/ Nicholas Kraemer
Saint-Saens Printemps qui commence; Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix (Samson et Dalila)
Denyce Graves (mezzo)
Monte Carlo Philharmonic
Orchestra, conductor
Marc Soustrot
8.19 Enesco Symphony No 1 in E flat
Romanian National Radio
Orchestra, conductor
Horia Andreescu
9.00 Building a Library
Mozart's Quintet in E flat for piano and wind
(K452) by Colin Lawson.
Roderick Swanston on new opera releases of Boris Godunov and II Trovatore as well as Britten's Turn
'of the Screw and Rape of Lucretia.
10.15 Record Release
Musorgsky Boris Godunov (Act 2)
Xenia .VALENTINA VALENTE (soprano)
Shutsky ..PHILIP LANGRIDGE (tenor) Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra, conductor Claudio Abbado
10.52 Verdi n Trovatore
(Act 1 excerpt)
Manrico.PLACIDO DOMINGO (tenor)
Leonora APRILE MILLO (soprano)
Il Conte di Luna
VLADIMIR CHERNOV (baritone) Metropolitan Opera and Chorus, conductor
James Levine
11.15 Reissues
Capitol's Full Dimensional Sound series has just been reissued by EMI at mid-price. The recordings come mainly from the 50s and, like RCA's Living and Mercury's Living Presence, they prided themselves on being at the cutting-edge of developments in sound technology. David Gutman listens to the first batch.
11.35 Stravinsky Suite: The Firebird
Berlin PO/Leopoid Stokowski Producers Patrick Lambert and Clive Portbury. Discs
(Revised 3.00pm)

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