Afternoon Concert

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

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20180226

The BBC Concert Orchestra is Tom McKinney's featured orchestra this week, starting today with a concert they gave just over a week ago at the Watford Colosseum with their new Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey, including the UK premiere of Joseph Turrin's Hemisphere, commissioned for the wind, brass and percussion of the New York Philhamonic.

Britten Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge
Joseph Turrin Hemispheres (UK premiere)
Elgar Variations on an original theme (Enigma)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Bramwell Tovey

3.25
Sherwood Double Concerto
Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin)
Joseph Spooner (cello)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor John Andrews

4.00
Cowen Symphony No 5
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor John Andrews.

20180227

with Tom McKinney. The BBC Concert Orchestra and their conductor laureate Barry Wordsworth are joined by soprano Susan Bullock in a concert of British and American music, recorded last month at the Watford Colosseum and presented by Ian Skelly.

Holst: A Somerset Rhapsody, Op 21
Britten: The Salley Gardens; La Belle est au jardin d'amour; O Waly, Waly; Fileuse
Holst: Japanese Suite, Op 33
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Kern/Hammerstein:'Bill' from Showboat
Sondheim: 'Losing My Mind' from Follies
Copland: El Salón México
Susan Bullock (soprano)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Barry Wordsworth

3.35
Elgar: From the Bavarian Highlands
Brighton Festival Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Barry Wordsworth

4.10
York Bowen: Symphonic Fantasia
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Vernon Handley.

20180228

with Tom McKinney. The BBC Philharmonic and their Principal Guest conductor Ben Gernon perform live from their home in MediaCity, Salford, including the UK premiere of Bernard Rands' Concerto for English Horn and orchestra with soloist Gillian Callow. Presented by Tom Redmond.

Beethoven Overture, Leonore No 2
Mozart Symphony No 31 in D (Paris)
Debussy orch. Colin Matthews La terrasse des audience du clair de lune; Feux d'artifice
Bernard Rands Concerto for English horn and orchestra (UK premiere)
Anna Clyne Masquerade

Gillian Callow (English horn)
BBC Philharmonic, conductor Ben Gernon.

20180301

John Osborn heads the cast as impoverished, lovelorn soldier Lorenzo, in pursuit of notorious bandit Fra Diavolo in this performance of Auber's once very popular three-act comic opera. More than mere justice is at stake, as Diavolo steals the dowry of Lorenzo's fiancée Zerline, who is then destined to marry old Francesco against her will.

Auber: Fra Diavolo
Fra Diavolo....John Osborn (tenor)
Lord Rocburg....Roberto de Candia (baritone)
Lady Pamela....Sonia Ganassi (mezzo-soprano)
Lorenzo....Giorgio Misseri (tenor)
Zerlina....Anna Maria Sarra (soprano)
Mathéo....Alessio Verna (bass)
Giacomo....Jean Luc Ballestra (bass)
Beppo....Nicola Pamio (tenor)
Rome Opera Chorus
Rome Opera Orchestra
Rory Macdonald (conductor)

4.15
Damase: Flute Concerto
Anna Noakes (flute)
BBC Concert Orchestra, Martin Yates

4.40
John Alden Carpenter: Krazy Kat (jazz pantomime)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart.

20180302

Tom McKinney presents a concert from Chichester Festival Theatre, recorded in December, in which the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Michael Collins were joined by Alistair McGowan for some fairy tale words and music, and perhaps an impression or two.

Arnold: Overture Beckus the Dandipratt
Eric Coates: The Three Bears - A Phantasy
Robert Farnon: A la Claire Fontaine
Elgar: Wand of Youth Suite No 1
Peter Hope: Scaramouche
Paul Patterson: Little Red Riding Hood
Alistair McGowan (narrator/presenter)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Michael Collins

3.35
Elgar: Te Deum and Bendictus
Brighton Festival Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Barry Wordsworth

3.55
Constant Lambert: Horoscope
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Barry Wordsworth

4.35
John Alden Carpenter: Patterns
Michael Chertock (piano)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart.

A Finnish New Year20180101

Performances by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Performances by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra including music by Tchaikovsly, Stravinsky and Uuno Klami

Jonathan Swain presents ballet music by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, a new work by Magnus Lindberg, and a neglected oratorio by 20th century Finnish composer Uuno Klami

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
Magnus Lindberg: Violin Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor

3.40
Uuno Klami (1900-1961): Psalmus
Helena Juntune, soprano
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Helsinki Music Centre Chorus
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor.

An All-bernstein Concert With The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra20180326

of Amsterdam.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Launching a week of concerts recorded at last year's Robeco SummerNights festival in Amsterdam, an all-Bernstein concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by John Wilson, featuring some of the best-known numbers from the American stage works including West Side Story, Candide and On The Town, as well as the Suite from his film score On the Waterfront. Plus the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra playing Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole, Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos with the brothers Arthur and Lucas Jussen as soloists, and highlights from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.
Presented by Fiona Talkington.

2.00pm
Bernstein: 'On the Town' - New York, New York; Lonely Town; I can cook too
Bernstein: 'Peter Pan' - Dream with me
Bernstein: 'Wonderful Town' - A little bit in love; One hundred easy ways to lose a man
Bernstein: 'On the Waterfront' - Suite
Bernstein: 'Candide' - Overture; I am easily assimilated (Buenos Aires); Nothing more than this; Glitter and be Gay
Bernstein: '1600 Pennsylvania Avenue' - Take care of this house
Bernstein: 'West Side Story' - The Dance at the Gym Blues; Promenade; Mambo; Cha-Cha; Jump; Maria
Bernstein: 'Trouble in Tahiti' - Island Magic
Bernstein: 'Wonderful Town' - Wrong note rag
Bernstein: 'On the Town' - Some other time
Bernstein: 'West Side Story' - Tonight
Scarlett Strallen (soprano)
Kim Criswell (mezzo-soprano)
Julian Ovenden (tenor)
Nadim Naaman (baritone)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor John Wilson

3.35pm
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D major, Op. 61
Prokofiev: 'Romeo and Juliet' - highlights
Arthur Jussen and Lucas Jussen (pianos)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky.

Bach20171219

The Netherlands Bach Ensemble perform three cantatas by J.S Bach.

Penny Gore presents three cantatas by J.S. Bach performed by the Netherlands Bach Ensemble directed by Peter Dijkstra, recorded earlier this year in Utrecht

2.00 pm
J.S. Bach
Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn, BWV 119
Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren, BWV 137
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69
Miriam Feuersinger, soprano
Alex Potter, countertenor
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Peter Kooij, bass
Netherlands Bach Society
Peter Dijkstra

3.40pm
Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition 2017
Petroc Trelawny presents a concert given by the BBC Singers of the six finalists from this year's Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition 2017. Alongside the six settings of 'Sir Christemas', David Hill directs the BBC Singers in popular Christmas songs and carols.

Bach20171220

The BBC Philharmonic perform Bach arrangements and pieces by Steve Elcock and Alban Berg.

Tom Redmond presents a concert live from MediaCityUK, Salford, in which the BBC Philharmonic performs a programme infused with the spirit of Johann Sebastian Bach

Steve Elcock: Choses renversées par le temps ou la destruction, Op 20
Bach arr. Reger: O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV 622
Berg: Violin Concerto
Bach arr. Elgar: Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
Michael Barenboim (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Moritz Gnann, conductor.

Bach20171222

Orchestral works by J.S. Bach performed by the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.

Penny Gore presents Orchestral Suites and Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach performed by the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin

J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat, BWV 1051
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D, BWV 1069
Academy for Ancient Music Berlin

3.30pm
J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050
Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
Helsinki Baroque Ensemble

3.50pm
J.S Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C, BWV 1066
Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.

Bbc Philharmonic Live From Mediacityuk, Salford20171027

The BBC Philharmonic perform live from Salford, plus the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Redmond presents the BBC Philharmonic, live from their home at MediaCityUK in Salford. Pavel Kolesnikov joins the orchestra for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4. And Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with Eventyr by Delius, inspired by a Norwegian fairy tale. Then it's back to London with Jonathan Swain, and more from this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, in concert at Maida Vale. They perform recent composition by some of the UK's most exciting living composers, including the world premiere of Gordon Crosse's Third Symphony.

2pm - LIVE from MediaCityUK Salford, presented by Tom Redmond
Delius: Eventyr
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G major
Sibelius: King Christian II Suite Op.27
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Rory Macdonald (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Back to the studio with Jonathan Swain

Rachel Portman: Endangered
Edwin Roxburgh: Concerto for Piano and Winds
Sally Beamish: Diodati (UK premiere)
Gordon Crosse: Symphony No. 3 "Between Despair and Dawn" (world premiere)
Clare Hammond (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Michael Seal (conductor).

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture20171108

Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic perform music by Vaughan Williams and Rachmaninov.

Penny Gore presents a concert given by conductor Juanjo Mena at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic, featuring Vaughan Williams' overture to the incidental music for The Wasps; also, Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, with pianist Stephen Hough as soloist, and finishing with Elgar's First Symphony. This concert is part of Radio 3's season Breaking Free: a Century of Russian culture, exploring its impact not only in the country but beyond its frontiers.

2pm
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite - Overture
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43, for piano and orchestra
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55
Stephen Hough (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture20171110

BBC Scottish SO and Martyn Brabbins perform Tchaikovsky and Elgar, with Karen Cargill.

Penny Gore presents a concert given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under conductor Martyn Brabbins, including Tchaikovsky's The Tempest and his Symphony No. 6; in between them, we hear Elgar's Sea Pictures with the mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill as soloist. This concert is followed by Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, the 'Leningrad', performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, all part of Afternoon Concert's participation in Radio 3's season Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture, which continues next week.

2.00pm
Tchaikovsky: The Tempest [Burya] - symphonic fantasia, Op 18
Elgar: Sea pictures, Op 37
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathétique), Op 74
Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3.35pm
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op 60
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov (conductor).

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture20171113

Verity Sharp introduces Rozhdestvensky conducting Symphonies Nos 1 and 15 by Shostakovich.

As part of Radio 3's Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture, Afternoon Concert marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution with a week of concerts featuring major symphonic works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich. In today's programme, Verity Sharp introduces a concert in which Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts the Dresden Staatskapelle in Symphonies Nos 1 and 15 by Shostakovich

2pm
Shostakovich: Symphony No.1; Symphony No.15
Dresden Staatskapelle
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (conductor)

3.35pm
Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op. 125
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)
Arie van Beck (conductor)

4.20pm
Tchaikovsky
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in G, Op. 61 ('Mozartiana')
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Arie van Beck (conductor).

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture20171114

Verity Sharp introduces David Afkam conducting Shostakovich's powerful 5th Symphony.

Continuing our week of concerts featuring major symphonic works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Verity Sharp introduces a concert in which David Afkam conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Shostakovich's 5th Symphony. Also includes Sofia Gubaidulina's soulful Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power.

2pm
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, 'Emperor'
Shostakovich: Symphony no.5
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony
David Afkam (conductor)

3.30pm
Sofia Gubaidulina: Viola Concerto
Lawrence Power (viola)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha

4.05pm
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
Swedish RSO
Juraj Valcuha.

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture20171115

Verity Sharp introduces performances of Prokofiev's 1st Symphony and 1st Violin Concerto.

Afternoon Concert marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution with a concert featuring a couple of major Russian symphonic works. In today's programme, Verity Sharp introduces performances of Prokofiev's First Symphony and First Violin Concerto with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Markus Poschner

2pm
Prokofiev: Symphony No 1 'Classical'; Violin Concerto No 1
Mozart: Symphony No 41 'Jupiter'
Vadim Gluzman (violin)
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Markus Poschner (conductor).

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture20171117

Afternoon Concert finishes the Russian-themed week with Shostakovich's 10th Symphony.

Afternoon Concert finishes a week marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In today's programme Verity Sharp introduces a concert featuring Shostakovich's 10th Symphony and Mahler's Rückert Lieder with Dorothea Roschmann with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Afkam. Also includes a performance his infectious Second Jazz Suite

2pm
Sibelius: Valse triste
Mahler: Rückert Lieder
Shostakovich: Symphony No.10
Dorothea Röschmann (soprano)
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
David Afkam (conductor)

3.25pm
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor
Maria Milstein (violin)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

3.45pm
Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 2
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Arie van Beck (conductor)

4.30pm
BBC Children in Need

Petroc Trelawny presents highlights from a concert recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios on Wednesday. The BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are joined by young musicians supported by projects which receive funding from BBC Children in Need.

John Williams: Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Suite
BBCSO
Alpesh Chauhan (conductor)

Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg arr. John Barber: Somewhere over the rainbow from The Wizard of Oz (world premiere)
Kamarra (violin solo)
BBCSO
Alpesh Chauhan (conductor)

Shermann Brothers arr Jeffes/Rossiter: Children in Need Sherman Medley (world premiere)
Joss (baritone solo)
BBC Singers
Grace Rossiter (conductor)

ABBA arr Jeffes/Rossiter: ABBA-DABBA-DOO
BBC Singers
Grace Rossiter (conductor)

Sly and the Family Stone arr John Barber : Everyday People
Music Action International Everyday People Group
Merit Ariane Stephanos (conductor)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alpesh Chauhan (conductor).

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture - Bbc Symphony Orchestra / Bbc Philharmonic Orchestra20171106

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC SO in music by Tchaikovsky and Taneyev.

Penny Gore presents, starting Afternoon in Concert's participation in Radio 3's season Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture. First, a concert given by Semyon Bychkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra focusing on repertoire by Tchaikovsky, including his Serenade in C major for string orchestra, his Third Piano Concerto, with Kirill Gerstein as soloist, and his symphonic fantasia after Dante, Francesca da Rimini; before the latter they perform Taneyev concert overture The Oresteia. The afternoon continues with the Doric Quartet joining the ensemble, this time under Edward Gardner, in Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for string orchestra. Finally, closing the programme, the BBC Phiharmonic, under the baton of Andrew Litton, perform Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905.

2.00pm
Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major for string orchestra, Op.48
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op.75
Taneyev: The Oresteia - concert overture, Op.6
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini - symphonic fantasia after Dante, Op.32
Kirill Gerstein (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

3.35pm
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for string orchestra, Op.47
Doric String Quartet
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

3.50pm
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G minor (The Year 1905), Op.103
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Litton (conductor).

Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture; Live From Lenin's London Office20171107

Tom Service hosts an afternoon of Russian music to explore the legacy of the past century.

Afternoon Concert becomes "A Century of Russian Culture" - for one afternoon, marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

LIVE from Lenin's office in London, where he edited "Iskra" in 1902-3, in what is now the Marx Memorial Library.

Tom Service hosts a panel of distinguished guests, Dr. Marina Frolova-Walker, Orlando Figes and Victoria Donovan to play and discuss music and culture across the past hundred years in Russia.

From the lead up to 1917, to the explosion of energy swiftly followed by social chaos and civil war, corralled into Socialist Realism in the early 1930s and harnessed to the will of the state, Russian Culture and music in particular illuminate ideas, individual lives and society as a whole against a backdrop of a suspicious and controlling state.

Including the first modern performance (given in Moscow in September) of a piece for choir and orchestra by a hero of Russian Futurism and ardent Bolshevik, Alexander Mosolov, who fell first from favour in the 30s and was then sentenced to hard labour in a Gulag.

Mosolov: Symphonic Poem
Evgenia Denisova (soprano)
Alina Miyshkina (mezzo-soprano)
Nizhny Novgorod Chamber Chorus
Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sergei Kondrashev.

Friday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales Live From Cardiff20171020

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, live from Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff.

Nicola Heyward Thomas introduces the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, live from Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff. Baritone Ashley Riches sings Russian repertoire, and the orchestra celebrates Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme with a programme dedicated to the form, and examples by Shostakovich, Scriabin and Liszt. Then it's back to the studio with Penny Gore for Sibelius's Fifth Symphony and another tone poem - Richard Arnell's portrait of Lord Byron.

2pm
Live from Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, presented by Nicola Heyward Thomas.

Shostakovich: October - symphonic poem, Op.131
Musorgsky: Songs and dances of death (orch Denisov)
Musorgsky: Song of the Flea (orch Stravinsky)

Interval music

c.3pm
Liszt: Mazeppa - symphonic poem after Hugo, S.100
Scriabin: Le Poeme de l'extase, Op.54
Ashley Riches (baritone)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Robert Spano (conductor)

c.3.50pm back to the studio with Penny Gore

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op.82
Sibelius: Valse Triste (Kuolema)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

c.4.25pm
Arnell: Lord Byron - a Symphonic Portrait
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martin Yates (conductor).

Friday - Bbc Philharmonic20171208

Tom Redmond introduces a concert of music by Stravinsky, Sibelius and Beethoven.

Tom Redmond introduces today's concert from the BBC Philharmonic, featuring music by Stravinsky as well as a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Michael Seal conducts the orchestra in Bantock's tone poem 'Fifine at the Fair', and Mark Simpson performs Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto.

2pm:
Stravinsky: Apollo
Sibelius: Six Humoresques
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67
James Ehnes (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

c.3.40pm:
Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto
Mark Simpson (clarinet)
BBC Philharmonic
HK Gruber (conductor)

c.4.10pm:
Stravinsky: Concerto in D major for strings
BBC Philharmonic
Lee Reynolds (conductor)

c.4.25pm:
Bantock: Fifine at the Fair
BBC Philharmonic
Michael Seal (conductor).

Friday - Bbc Philharmonic20180316

Kate Molleson concludes a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Kate Molleson concludes a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic, including Kathryn Stott as the soloist in Rachmaninov's first piano concerto, and Sibelius's first symphony.

c.2pm:
Elgar: Overture, Cockaigne
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1
Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39
Kathryn Stott (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Davis (conductor)

c.3.20pm:
Elgar: The Pipes of Pan
Roderick Williams (baritone)
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Davis (conductor)

c.3.25pm:
Berlioz: Overture, Le carnaval romain
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Litton (conductor)

c.3.35pm:
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 19
Martin Roscoe (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards (conductor)

c.4.10pm:
Tchaikovksy: Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Kate Molleson concludes a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Friday - Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford20171013

Tom Redmond presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Tom Redmond presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic at MediaCityUK in Salford, featuring a complete performance of Smetana's 'Ma vlast' - part of Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme. Plus performances of Sibelius's first symphony and Elgar's Falstaff.

2pm
Smetana: Ma vlast
BBC Philharmonic
Pietari Inkinen (conductor)

c. 3.25pm
Sibelius: Symphony No 1
BBC Philharmonic
Jamie Phillips (conductor)

c. 4pm
Nicola LeFanu: Wind-blown seeds
BBC Philharmonic
Clark Rundell (conductor)

c. 4.20pm
Elgar: Falstaff
BBC Philharmonic
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor).

Friday - Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20171124

Ian Skelly presents concert performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Ian Skelly presents performances given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This afternoon's 2pm concert, recorded in Inverness, features orchestral masterpieces by 19th-century composers: Brahms's Haydn Variations, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Strauss's tone poem Aus Italien. Then, music by Bohemian composers: Dvorak's overture to his little-known opera Vanda opens this concert, which also includes Janacek's Suite for Strings, and Dvorak's folk-tale inspired The Wild Dove, reflecting Afternoon Concert's continuing exploration of the romantic tone poem. Plus Messiaen's L'Ascension, four meditations on the Ascension of Christ.

2pm
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
Strauss: Aus Italien, Op.16
Kristof Barati (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Christoph König (conductor)

c. 3.30pm
Dvorak: Vanda - overture
Janacek: Suite for Strings
Dvorak: The Wild Dove
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Rory Macdonald (conductor)

c.4.30pm
Messiaen: L'Ascension
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Duncan Ward (conductor).

Friday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra20180216

Kate Molleson rounds off her week of performances from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers with a concert the orchestra gave last week at the Barbican, London. James Feddeck conducted Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and Javier Perianes joined them for Ravel's G major Piano Concerto. Plus a recording of Szymanowski's 2nd Violin Concerto with Tasmin Little, and Esa-Pekka Salonen's Karawane with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

2pm
Barber: Symphony No 1, Op 9
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
George Walker: Icarus in Orbit
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch.Ravel)
Javier Perianes (piano)
James Feddeck (conductor)

c.3.30pm
Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden
Tenebrae
Nigel Short (conductor)

c.3.45pm
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 2
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Bernstein: Touches - Chorale, Eight Variations and Coda for piano
piano tba

c.4.20pm
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Karawane
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor).

Friday - Radio France Philharmonic20171006

Penny Gore presents concerts from the Radio France Philharmonic.

Penny Gore presents the Radio France Philharmonic in a series of concerts and recordings to launch Radio 3's new Afternoon Concert. Today's 2pm concert features an all-Mozart programme, beginning with his thrilling and tense overture to his opera, Don Giovanni. Today's Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 is performed by leading French pianist, Jean-Claude Pennetier, a prize winner in both the Gabriel Faure and Marguerite Long piano competitions, and the concert concludes with Mozart's Haffner Symphony. Plus there are symphonies by Schubert and Schumann.

2pm
Mozart
Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 ('Haffner')
Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano)
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Poppen (conductor)

c. 3.15pm
Schumann
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, op. 97 ('Rhenish')
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

c. 4.25pm
Schubert
Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D. 485
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington (conductor).

Friday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180309

Kate Molleson concludes a week of concerts featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Kate Molleson concludes a week of concerts featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Today: Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich recorded in Edinburgh, and Schumann with violinist Ilya Gringolts from a concert recorded in Leeds.

2pm
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor, Op 23
Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 in G minor Op 103
Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

3.40pm
Helen Grime: Two Eardley Pictures
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

4.00pm
Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor
lya Gringolts (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Afternoon Concert this week focuses on the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and concludes with a concert they gave at Edinburgh's Usher Hall in December. They were joined by the powerhouse Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin for Tchaikovsky's enduringly popular First Piano Concerto, while the second half of the concert was given over to Shostakovich's giant depiction of the events of the 1905 Russian Revolution: his Symphony No 11.

That's followed by a pair of orchestral depictions of winter by the Scottish composer Helen Grime, her Two Eardley Pictures: 'Catterline in Winter' and 'Snow'.

Then there's a recording made in Leeds last November, in which the Russian virtuoso Ilya Gringolts joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to perform Schumann's Violin Concerto. This was a work, written towards the end of the composer's troubled life, that remained unheard for over 80 years, finally seeing the light of day in the 1930s.

Friday - The Bbc Singers Live From Temple Church, City Of London & The Bbc Symphony Orchestra Live From Maida Vale20171215

Live from London's Temple Church the BBC Singers with contemporary choral Christmas pieces

Afternoon Concert's week of live performances from the BBC performing groups concludes with two concerts from London. First to Temple Church, in the City of London for the BBC Singers conducted by Owain Park, with a selection of contemporary choral Christmas pieces. Roger Sayer accompanies them on the organ. Then to the BBC Symphony Orchestra's home at Maida Vale studios in London, for a concert under the baton of Tung-Chien Chuang including Liadov's tone poem Baba Yaga, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, with Alexander Soumm as soloist, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

2pm - LIVE from Temple Church, City of London, presented by Ian Skelly
Richard Madden: Balulalow
Owain Park: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Bernard Hughes: Jesus, Springing
Joanna Marsh: Evergreen (world premiere)
Richard Knight: Come rock his cradle
Carl Rutti: O little town
Richard Causton: Cradle Song
Judith Bingham: Corpus Christi Carol
Peter Copley: Two Carols
Howard Skempton: To Bethlehem did they go
Bror Samuelson: Ave maris stella
Adrian Peacock: Venite Gaudete

BBC Singers
Roger Sayer (organ)
Owain Park (conductor)

3.15pm LIVE from Maida Vale, London, presented by Petroc Trelawny
Liadov: Baba Yaga - tone poem
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Alexander Soumm (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Tung-Chien Chuang (conductor).

Friday - The Bbc Symphony Orchestra20180202

The BBC Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Barbican in London.

Tom McKinney concludes a week of performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Today includes a concert they gave at the Barbican in November with a programme of Ruders, Shostakovich and Strauss. The BBC Symphony Chorus join the Orchestra for the Beatitudes by Bliss, and Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with music by Dohnanyi.

2pm
Poul Ruders: Concerto in Pieces (Purcell Variations)
Shostakovich: Concerto in C minor, Op 35, for piano, trumpet and string orchestra
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30
Alan Thomas (trumpet)
Behzod Abduraimov (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

c.3.20pm
Cowie: Earth Music
BBC Singers

c.3.35pm
Dohnanyi: Ruralia hungarica, Op 32b
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gergely Madaras (conductor)

c.4.05pm
Bliss: The Beatitudes
Emily Birsan (soprano)
Ben Johnson (tenor)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor).

Friday - The 'best Of 2017' Featuring The Bbc Sso, Bbc Singers And Bbc So20171229

The Best of 2017, featuring the BBC SSO, BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Jonathan Swain concludes his 'Best of 2017' week from the BBC performing groups. Today features a concert the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra gave at the Muskverein in Vienna last month, for which they were joined by violinist Nicolai Znaider for Brahms' Violin Concerto. Then to the BBC Singers and highlights of a Palestrina and Bruckner concert they gave at St Giles' Cripplegate in London's Barbican. And finally to the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius' complete Lemminkainen Legends.

2pm
Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A minor,'Scottish'
Nicolaj Znaider (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

c.3.45pm
Palestrina Salve Regina
Bruckner: Christus factus est
Palestrina: Stabat Mater
BBC Singers
Robert Quinney (conductor)

c.4.10pm
Sibelius: Lemminkainen - Four Legends:
I Lemminkainen and the Maidens of Saari
II The Swan of Tuonela
III Lemminikainen in Tuonela
IV The Return of Lemminikainen
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor).

Friday - The Ulster Orchestra20180323

Penny Gore showcases the Ulster Orchestra performing Brahms, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Symphonies by Brahms and Sibelius bookend today's programme. which also includes a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto - a work which is now cherished, but was largely ignored during the composer's lifetime.

2pm
Brahms - Symphony No.3 Op.90
Beethoven - Violin Concerto Op.61
Sergey Khachatryan (violin)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

3.25pm
Mendelssohn - Calm Sea and Prosperous Op.27
Ulster Orchestra
Giordano Bellincampi (conductor)

3.35pm
Neruda: Concerto for Trumpet and Strings
Pacho Flores (trumpet)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

4.15pm
Sibelius - Symphony No. 1 Op.39
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor).

Friday - Ulster Orchestra20171103

Tom McKinney showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings.

Tom McKinney showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme continues Afternoon Concert's celebration of the descriptive power of Tone Poems, including works by Bax, Alwyn and Vaughan Williams, together with First Symphonies by Beethoven and Mahler.

2pm
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C major, Op. 21
Mahler: Symphony No.1 in D Major (Titan)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

3.25pm
Bax: Cathleen-ni-Houlihan
Willian Alwyn: Blackdown
Vaughan Williams: Three Impressions for Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra
Rumon Gamba (conductor)

4.20pm
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Ulster Orchestra
Jac Van Steen (conductor).

International Women's Day20180308

Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music, chooses music she loves by women composers.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music, is Kate Molleson's live guest in the Afternoon Concert studio for International Women's Day. Our Opera Matinee is Judith Weir's The Vanishing Bridegroom, and it's complemented by music she loves by women composers from Hildegard to Saariaho.

Opera Matinee
Judith Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom
Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Anna Stéphany (mezzo)
Andrew Tortise (tenor)
Owen Gilhooly (baritone)
Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Martyn Brabbins

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Overture to Céphale et Procris
Performers TBC

Kate Whitley: I am I say
Sarah-Jane Lewis (soprano)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
Kender Primary School Choir
St. John's and St. Clement's Primary School Choir
Lyndhurst Primary School Choir
Multi-Story Orchestra
Conductor Christopher Stark

Kaija Saariaho: Petals
Scott Roller (cello)
Thomas Neuhaus (electronics)

Barbara Strozzi: L'Eraclito amoroso (Heraclitus in Love)
Dorothée Leclair (soprano)
Lea Rahel Bader (cello)
Yasunori Imamura (theorbo)
Jory Vinikour (harpsichord)

Arlene Sierra: Aquilo
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor Jac van Steen

Judith Bingham: Vol de nuit, from The Secret Garden
Tom Winpenny (organ)

Hildegard of Bingen: work TBC
Tiburtina Ensemble
Director Barbora Kabátková

Sofiya Gubaidulina: String Quartet No 4
Kronos Quartet

Weir: Moon and Star
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Martyn Brabbins.

Minnesota Orchestra - Copland, Bruch, Dvorak20180221

Penny Gore continues a week of music-making from the American Mid-West. This afternoon is devoted to a concert by the Minnesota Orchestra with their Music Director Osmo Vänskä, in which they're joined by the American-Korean violinist Esther Yoo to play Bruch's First Violin Concerto. Copland's Lincoln Portrait for orchestra and speaker, and Dvorak's celebration of the United States, his New World Symphony, complete the programme.

2pm
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 26
Dvorak: Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95 (From the New World)
Alan C Page (speaker)
Esther Yoo (violin)
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

The US twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have a long tradition of first class music making, and all this week Penny Gore introduces, on Afternoon Concert, recordings of their flagship ensembles, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra.

Today's programme is devoted to the Minnesota Orchestra, and a concert from last season in which the American-Korean violinist, and graduate of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists Scheme, Esther Yoo, joined the orchestra to play Bruch's First Violin Concerto, still considered one of the cornerstones of the violin repertoire. It's a cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire that follows: Dvorak's Ninth Symphony. The American themes it explores have earned it the soubriquet 'From the New World'. And it's an American work which opens proceedings: Copland's stately Lincoln Portrait for orchestra and speaker.

The Minnesota Orchestra play Bruch's First Violin Concerto with violinist Esther Yoo.

Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - Brahms, Stravinsky, Marsalis, Mozart20180219

Penny Gore introduces a week of music making from the American Mid-West. In this first programme, the Minnesota Orchestra under its Music Director Osmo Vänskä, performs music by Brahms and Stravinsky, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performs works by Wynton Marsalis and Mozart, joined by guest director and soloist Richard Egarr.

2pm
Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Rafal Blechacz (piano)
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

3.35pm
Wynton Marsalis: String Quartet No 1 (At the Octoroon Balls)
Players from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

4.15pm
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 12 in A major, K414
Richard Egarr (piano/director)
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The US twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have a long tradition of first class music making, and all this week Penny Gore introduces, on Afternoon Concert, recordings of their flagship ensembles, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Under the baton of their Finnish Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra starts the week with two staples of the classical repertoire: Brahms First Piano Concerto and Stravinsky's simmering ballet score for The Rite of Spring. The prodigious Polish virtuoso Rafal Blechacz is tasked with tackling Brahms's daunting technical demands.

That's followed by a performance of Wynton Marsalis's String Quartet No 1 featuring players from The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Subtitled 'At the Octoroon Balls', the piece is a celebration of the Creole culture in New Orleans.

To finish, the British early music specialist Richard Egarr joins The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for an authentic 18th century-style performance of Mozart's 12th Piano Concerto, including extra improvised passages that Wolfgang Amadeus himself might have played in the European salons.

Monday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20171016

Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with Berlioz and Saint-Saens.

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts and recordings from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with one of the most programmatic of symphonies - Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique - paired with a modern-day take on the symphony from Tan Dun. There's more French programmatic music, this time by Saint-Saëns, along with Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1 performed by Matthew Trusler.

2pm
Tan Dun: Internet Symphony No.1 (Eroica)
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14
Stephen Hough (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Mark Bowden: Heartland - percussion concerto
Julian Warburton (percussion)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

Saint-Saëns: Phaéton - symphonic poem, Op.39
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jun Markl (conductor)

Peter Dickinson: Monologue for Strings
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Clark Rundell (conductor)

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op.19
Matthew Trusler (violin)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

Satie: Parade - ballet
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martin Yates (conductor).

Monday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales In Afternoon Concert20180122

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts and recordings from the BBC NOW.

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts and recordings from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Across the week Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with Smetana and Respighi, plus we hear the fruits of the Orchestra's Beethoven Symphony Cycle recorded during a recent tour of North Wales with Principal Guest conductor Xian Zhang, and the cellist Alexey Stadler performs from the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

2pm
Weber: overture to Oberon, J306
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33
Tchaikovsky; Pezzo capriccioso, Op 62
Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92
Alexey Stadler (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang (conductor)

c. 3.15pm
Elgar: Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op 20
BBC NOW
Tadaaki Otaka (cond)

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite from "Ala i Lolly", Op 20
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

c. 4.30pm
Bartok: Divertimento, Sz113
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Monday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales Live In Cardiff20171211

Live from Cardiff music by Elgar with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

This week features the BBC performing groups live in concert, beginning today with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Hoddinott Hall. Tadaaki Otaka conducts an all-Elgar repertoire, starting with the Cockaigne overture, followed by Sea Pictures with contralto Claudia Huckle as soloist, then the Serenade in E minor for string orchestra, ending this concerto with In the south overture (Alassio). The afternoon continues with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, recorded recently at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh under the baton of Thomas Dausgaard, first with Haydn's Symphony No. 88 in G major, then with Mahler's Symphony No. 7.

2.00pm Presented by Nicola Hayward Thomas LIVE from Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff.
Elgar: Cockaigne (In London town) - overture Op.40
Elgar: Sea pictures Op.37
Elgar: Serenade in E minor Op.20 for string orchestra
Elgar: In the south (Alassio) - overture Op.50

Claudia Huckle (contralto)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

3.45pm - Back to Broadcasting House with Verity Sharp
Haydn: Symphony no. 88 in G major H.1.88
Mahler: Symphony no. 7

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor).

Monday - Bbc Philharmonic20171009

Tom Redmond presents concerts from the BBC Philharmonic, focusing on works by Elgar.

Tom Redmond presents a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic, with a particular focus on works by Elgar. The 2pm concert features Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist David Garrett and a performance of Tchaikovsky's fourth symphony.

2pm
Weber: Euryanthe, overture
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Symphony No 4
David Garrett (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

c. 3.30pm
Elgar: In the South
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Esther Yoo (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Alpesh Chauhan (conductor)

Elgar: Serenade for Strings
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards (conductor).

Monday - Bbc Philharmonic20171204

Pietari Inkinen conducts the BBC Philharmonic in symphonies by Beethoven and Sibelius.

Tom Redmond presents a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic. Today Pietari Inkinen conducts symphonies by Beethoven and Sibelius, with Christian Ihle Hadland as the soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto. Elvind Holtsmark Ringstad is soloist in Britten's Lachrymae, and Martin Grubinger is the percussionist in Tan Dun's concerto "The Tears of Nature".

2pm:
Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16
Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82
Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Pietari Inkinen (conductor)

c.3.30pm:
Roussel: Pour une fête de printemps
BBC Philharmonic
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

c.3.40pm:
James MacMillan: For Sonny
Britten: Lachrymae
Elvind Holtsmark Ringstad (viola)
BBC Philharmonic
Lee Reynolds (conductor)

c.4.15pm:
Tan Dun: The Tears of Nature
Martin Grubinger (percussion)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Monday - Bbc Philharmonic20180312

The BBC Philharmonic perform a selection of Beethoven and his connections.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Kate Molleson introduces a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic with a focus on Beethoven and his connections, including a performance of Beethoven's 'Emperor' concerto with pianist Louis Schwitzgebel.

c.2pm:
Mozart: Overture, Don Giovanni
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5 in E flat major, Op 73 'Emperor'
Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op 73
Louis Schwitzgebel (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.3.30pm:
Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C major, Hob.VIIb/1
Matthew Barley (cello)
BBC Philharmonic
David Greilsammer (conductor)

c.3.55pm:
Beethoven: Overture, Egmont
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op 14
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Monday - Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20171120

Georgia Mann presents concert performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Georgia Mann presents concert performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In our 2pm concert, Thomas Dausgaard conducts the orchestra and Royal Conservatoire Voices in a concert featuring music by Palestrina, Mozart and Gluck, as well as Handel's choral masterpiece, Zadok the Priest, and Beethoven's Symphony No.9. Later, Martyn Brabbins and the orchestra showcase two works reflecting the diverse and distinctive nature of 20th-century British orchestral music around the time of the Second World War: Roger Sacheverell Coke's Piano Concerto No.3, brings to mind the emotional appeal of Rachmaninov, Delius and Percy Grainger, while Michael Tippett's driven and exuberant First Symphony, draws inspiration from the music of Henry Purcell.

2pm
Palestrina: Sicut Cervus
Bach (arr Beethoven for string quintet): Fugue in B flat minor BWV 867
Handel: Zadok the Priest - coronation anthem, HWV.258
Gluck: Dance of the Scythians (Iphigénie en Tauride)
Mozart: Misericordias Domini - offertory, K.222
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125 (Choral)
Louise Alder (soprano)
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Jackson (tenor)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Royal Conservatoire Voices
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

c.3.35pm
Coke: Piano Concerto No. 3
Simon Callaghan (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

c.4.00pm
Tippett: Symphony No. 1
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

Monday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra20171023

BBC Symphony Orchestra on tour in Bonn plus new recordings of Rachmaninov and Bernstein.

Jonathan Swain presents a week of performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Today's programme includes a concert the orchestra gave last month on tour in Bonn, for which they were joined by Isabelle Faust for Berg's lyrical Violin Concerto. Plus new recordings of Rachmaninov's ever-popular Second Piano Concerto with soloist Yevgeny Sudbin, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short.

2pm
Beethoven: Overture Leonore No.2
Berg, rev. Jarman: Violin Concerto
Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C major, Op.61
Isabelle Faust (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Tenebrae
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Nigel Short (conductor)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18
Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Gershwin: An American in Paris
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Michael Collins (conductor).

Monday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra20180212

Kate Molleson presents a week of performances from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers. Today includes a concert the Orchestra gave at its home in Maida Vale Studios; Robin Tritschler joined as soloist in Britten's Illuminations. Plus an award-winning recording of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, for which the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus were joined by a stellar group of soloists - Sarah Connolly, Stuart Skelton and David Soar. Andrew Davis conducts.

2pm
Turina: La procesion da Rocio
Britten: Les Illuminations
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Robin Tritschler (tenor)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Duncan Ward (conductor)

c.2.55pm
Brahms: Tragic Overture
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alpesh Chauhan (conductor)

c.3.10pm
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38
Sarah Connolly (mezzo)
Stuart Skelton (tenor)
David Soar (bass)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor).

Monday - European Concert Showcase20171127

Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mendelssohn with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Tom McKinney presents a selection of the finest concerts from across Europe all this week, celebrating 50 years of the European Broadcasting Union's music exchange - a swapping service between European broadcasters. Today Herbert Blomstedt, who turned 90 this year, conducts Mendelssohn's Symphonies Nos 3 and 4 in a concert with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic plays Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances in a concert recorded in March 2017 in the opening gala week at the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg.

2pm:
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave), Op 26
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
conductor Herbert Blomstedt

c.3.25pm:

Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op 45
Jan Lisiecki (piano)
Rotterdam Philharmonic
conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Monday - Radio France Philharmonic20171002

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts from the Radio France Philharmonic.

Penny Gore presents the Radio France Philharmonic in two concerts to launch Radio 3's new Afternoon Concert programme.

Our first concert at 2pm features works inspired by musical trends from the USA. Ravel's Piano Concerto in G is heavily influenced by the sounds of jazz, which Ravel heard during a US concert tour in 1928, and in Dvorak's Symphony No.9 'From the New World', the composer draws inspiration on the music of native Americans. For our second concert, showcases the orchestra in works from the Classical era, Haydn's Symphony 'La Passione', and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K.595, a previous winner of the highly-acclaimed Clara Haskil Competition.

2pm
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Dvorak: Symphony No.9 'From the New World'
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)
Radio France Philharmonic
Mikko Franck (conductor)

c. 3.30pm
Haydn: Symphony in F minor, Hob.I:49 'La Passione'
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K.595
Adam Laloum (piano)
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington (conductor).

Monday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180205

Fiona Talkington begins a week of performances from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Fiona Talkington begins a week of performances from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The programme starts with a concert the orchestra gave in Haddington with Martyn Brabbins conducting. Rowan Pierce joined the orchestra for concert arias by Mozart and the solo soprano part in Mahler's Fourth Symphony. Thomas Dausgaard conducts Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and Clare Howick is soloist in a new recording of Gordon Jacob's Violin Concerto.

2pm
Wagner: Tristan and Isolde - Prelude and Liebestod
Mozart: Un moto di gioia - aria K579; Vado, ma dove? - aria K583; Voi avete un cor fedele - aria K217
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major
Rowan Pierce (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

c.3.35pm
Jacob: Concerto for violin and string orchestra
Clare Howick (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

c.3.55pm
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor).

Monday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180305

Jonathan Swain begins a week of concerts featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Jonathan Swain begins a week of concerts featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with music by four English composers: Edward Elgar, William Walton, Dorothy Howell and Richard Rodney Bennett. Also on the programme: a recording of Beethoven's breakthrough Eroica Symphony.

2pm
Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town) - overture, Op 40
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85
Walton: Symphony No 1 in B flat minor
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3.20pm
Dorothy Howell: Piano Concerto in D minor
Danny Driver (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Rebecca Miller (conductor)

3.45pm
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

4.30pm
Richard Rodney Bennett: Summer Music; Sinfonietta
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

English music features largely in today's Afternoon Concert. To begin, there's the two sides of Edward Elgar: on the one hand his playful overture Cockaigne; on the other his powerful Cello Concerto, a rite-of-passage for many a cellist, today in the capable hands of Leonard Elschenbroich. William Walton's First Symphony caused the composer plenty of problems before he finally arrived at a version with which he was satisfied. Indeed, the first public performance had to be given without the finale. That finale is intact in this afternoon's recording.

Elsewhere, John Wilson conducts music by the versatile Sir Richard Rodney Bennett; there's a rarely heard piano concerto from Dorothy Howell, and a performance given last November in Leeds of Beethoven's Third Symphony, the 'Eroica'.

Monday - The Best Of 2017 - Bbc Symphony Chorus20171225

The BBC Symphony Chorus, conducted by Neil Ferris, in carols from Maida Vale Studios.

This week Afternoon Concert features the 'Best of 2017' from the BBC performing groups. Today features a Christmas Concert performed by the BBC Symphony Chorus with their new choral director Neil Ferris, with a striking sequence of carols. Their selection mixes reflection, fireside warmth, and celebration, and features Christmas favourites alongside newer compositions and arrangements from Kerry Andrew, Mark Boden, Michael Higgins, Bernard Hughes, Cecilia McDowall and Becky McGlade.

Presented by Penny Gore

Mark David Boden: Awake glad heart
Cecilia McDowall: O Oriens
Howard Skempton: Adam lay ybounden
Arr Michael Higgins: The Angel Gabriel
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: There is no rose
Malcolm Archer: A little child there is yborn
Will Todd: Christus est stella
Randall Thompson: Alleluia
William Mathias: A babe is born
Becky McGlade: In the bleak mid-winter
Arr Bob Chilcott: In dulci jubilo
Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium
Kerry Andrew: Out of the Orient Crystal Skies
Fredrick Sixten : Mary's Lullaby (Stille Nacht)
Bernard Hughes: Christmas bells
Richard Elfyn Jones: Good King Wenceslas

BBC Symphony Chorus
Richard Pearce (organ)
Neil Ferris (conductor).

Monday - The Ulster Orchestra20180319

Penny Gore showcases the Ulster Orchestra performing works by Grieg, Nielsen and Debussy.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme includes descriptive works by Grieg, Nielsen and Debussy and as part of Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme.

2pm
Grieg - Suite: Peer Gynt
Selections from Suite No. 1, Op.46, and Suite No. 2, Op.55.
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op 43
Nielsen - Symphony No 5 Op 50
Simon Trpčeski (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor)

3.35pm
Carl Nielsen - En Saga Drøm Op 39
Ulster Orchestra
Giordano Bellincampi (conductor)

3.45pm
Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Pacho Flores (trumpet)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

4pm
Debussy - Printemps
Ulster Orchestra
Baldur Brönnimann (conductor)

4.15pm
Hindemith - Symphony "Mathis der Maler"
Ulster Orchestra
Baldur Brönnimann (conductor).

Penny Gore showcases the Ulster Orchestra performing works by Grieg, Nielsen and Debussy.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Monday - Ulster Orchestra20171030

Tom McKinney showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings.

Tom McKinney showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme continues Afternoon Concert's celebration of the descriptive power of Tone Poems, including works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, James Macmillan and Prokofiev, as well as rare performance of John Ireland's Piano Concerto, written in 1930.

2pm
Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas, Op.95
Moeran: In the Mountain Country
Ireland: Piano Concerto in E Flat
Ireland: The Forgotten Rite
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (1880)
Leon McCawley (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

3.20pm
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3 in E flat, Op.75
Barry Douglas (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

3.50pm
James MacMillan: Britannia
Borodin: Overture to Prince Igor
Prokofiev, arr. C Palmer: War and Peace Suite
Ulster Orchestra
Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

New Year New Music20180105

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen talks about Arvo Part.

With Jonathan Swain.
This week, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen features in a special 'New Year, New Music' series of Afternoon Concert. Today he looks at Arvo Pärt's Fourth Symphony, 'Los Angeles', commissioned for Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No 4, 'Los Angeles'
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

2.35pm
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op 61
Dvorak: Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor.

New Year New Music - Conductor Esa-pekka Salonen Talks About Conducting John Adams20180102

This week, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen features in a special 'New Year New Music' series of Afternoon Concert. Today he talks about his recordings of music by John Adams

Presented by Jonathan Swain

John Adams: Naïve and Sentimental Music
Mother of Man
Chain to the Rhythm
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

2.50pm
Wagner: Parsifal - Prelude
Howard Skempton: Largo

Kaija Saariaho: Harp Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 'Eroica'
Xavier de Maistre, harp
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor.

New Year New Music: Thursday Opera Matinee20180104

The world premiere performance of Aulis Sallinen's opera Castle in the Water.

This week, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen features in a special 'New Year, New Music' series of Afternoon Concert. Today he looks at high modernism and introduces extracts from Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

followed by Thursday Opera Matinee:

Jonathan Swain presents the world premiere performance of Aulis Sallinen's opera Castle in the Water to a libretto by Lassi Nummi

Finland's Olavinlinna Castle was built in the middle ages to safeguard the strategically important region of Savo. Over the years, it has seen many changes of regime, clashing swords and thundering cannons. The Castle in the Water, a new opera commissioned by the Savonlinna Opera Festival, pictures stages in the Castle's and region's colourful past, and takes a tentative look into the future

Aulis Sallinen describes his composition as: 'A chronicle for speaker, four singers, orchestra and Olavinlinna'. The work is based on the collection of poetry, "The Castle in the Water" by Lassi Nummi, from which Sallinen has chosen two texts as mottos for the whole work

Aulis Sallinen: Castle in the Water
Kari Heiskanen, speaker
Tiina-Maija Koskela, soprano
Tuija Knihtilä, mezzo-soprano
Jussi Jyllys, tenor
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra
Ville Matvejeff, conductor.

New Year, New Music - Conductor Esa-pekka Salonen Talks About Electronic Music20180103

This week, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen features in a special 'New Year New Music' series of Afternoon Concert. Today he talks about electronic music

Presented by Jonathan Swain

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Cello Concerto
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

2.20pm
Schubert: Wanderers Nachtlied, D768
Harvey: Nachtlied.

Opera Matinee: Rimsky-korsakov's The Golden Cockerel20171109

Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel and Shostakovich's Symphony No 12 with the BBC NOW.

As part of Radio 3's season Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture, Penny Gore presents our opera matinée featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, a satire of Russian absolutism and imperialism, inspired on a poem by Pushkin. Ivor Bolton conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Real in Madrid with the bass Dmitiri Ulyanov as Tsar Dodon, the tenor Sergei Skorokhodov as Tsarevich Gvidon and the soprano Venera Gimadieva as the Tsaritsa of Shemakha. Between Acts 2 and 3 there is a short interlude based on The Golden Cockerel, a concert fantasy by Efrem Zimbalist and Hymn to the Sun by Fritz Kreisler. The opera is followed by Shostakovich's Symphony No 12, performed by the National Orchestra of Wales under conductor Thomas Sondergard.

2.00pm
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel, opera in three acts
[Between Acts 2 and 3 there is a short interlude based on The Golden Cockerel, 'Concert Phantasy' by Efrem Zimbalist and 'Hymn to the Sun' by Fritz Kreisler]

Tsar Dodon.. Dmitiri Ulyanov (bass)
Tsarevich Gvidon.. Sergei Skorokhodov (tenor)
Tsarevich Afron.. Alexey Lavrov (baritone)
General Polkan.. Alexander Vinogradov (bass)
Amelfa, a housekeeper.. Olesya Petrova (contralto)
Astrologer.. Alexander Kravets (tenor altino)
Tsaritsa of Shemakha.. Venera Gimadieva (coloratura soprano)
Little Golden Cockerel.. Sara Blanch (soprano)
Teatro Real Chorus
Teatro Real Orchestra
Ivor Bolton (conductor)

4.15pm
Shostakovich: Symphony No 12 in D minor, Op 112 (The Year 1917)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Opera Matinee: Rossini's Barber Of Seville20180118

Tom McKinney presents Rossini's comic favourite The Barber of Seville.

Tom McKinney presents Rossini's comic favourite The Barber of Seville from Geneva, conducted by Jonathan Nott. Plus a world premiere by Matthew Kaner at the 2017 Lucerne Festival.

The enterprising Sevillian barber Figaro takes the operatic world by storm as he fixes up his boss Count Almaviva's elopement with Rosina. This being comic opera, pretty much everything that can go wrong does go wrong, giving Rossini the excuse for two and a half hours of sparkling music.

The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Count Almaviva....Bogdan Mihai (tenor)
Figaro, the Barber of Seville....Bruno Taddia (baritone)
Rosina....Lena Belkina (mezzo-soprano)
Doctor Bartolo, Rosina's guardian....Bruno de Simone (bass)
Don Basilio, a music teacher....Marco Spotti (bass)
Berta, Dr Bartolo's servant....Mary Feminear (mezzo-soprano)
Fiorello, Count Almaviva's servant....Rodrigo Garcia (baritone)
Ambrogio, Dr Bartolo's servant....Peter Baekeun Cho (bass)
Officer....Aleksandar Chaveev (bass)
Chorus of the Grand Théâtre, Geneva (Chorus Director Alan Woodbridge)
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Conductor Jonathan Nott

4.35pm
Matthew Kaner: Encounters (world premiere)
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
Conductor Jeffrey Means

The Barber of Seville is the second of a trilogy of Rossini operas on Radio 3 this January: Opera on 3 on 6 January featured the Royal Opera's production of his tragedy Semiramide, starring Joyce DiDonato (now available on the Radio 3 website), and Opera Matinee next Thursday (25 January) is his rarely heard Biblical drama Moses in Egypt.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Bach, Beethoven20180223

Penny Gore concludes a week of concert recordings from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Today the focus is on the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with two full concerts. The first features works by Dvorak, Walton and Mendelssohn; in the second, the innovative pianist Jeremy Denk joins the orchestra to play Bach and Beethoven, and conduct music by Shostakovich. In between the two concerts, there's chamber music from members of the orchestra, performing a clarinet trio by American composer Paul Schoenfield.

2pm
Dvorak: Romance in F minor, Op 11
Walton: Sonata for Strings
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italian)
Maureen Nelson (violin)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

3.10pm
Paul Schoenfield: Trio for clarinet, violin and piano
Members of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra:
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet), Francisco Fullana (violin), Timothy Lovelace (piano)

3.40pm
J S Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Shostakovich (arr. Barshai): Chamber Symphony in F major, Op 73a (based on String Quartet No 3)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op 58
Jeremy Denk (piano/conductor)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The US twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have a long tradition of first class music making, and all this week Penny Gore introduces, on Afternoon Concert, recordings of their flagship ensembles, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Today, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra showcases the talented players among its ranks with Dvorak's Romance in F minor, featuring solo violin, and contemporary American Composer Paul Schoenfield's virtuosic Trio for clarinet, violin and piano.

In the second of today's complete concerts, one of the Orchestra's Artistic Partners, the pianist Jeremy Denk, presents one of his typically eclectic programmes, including solo keyboard music by Johann Sebastian Bach, an orchestral arrangement of one of Shostakovich's String Quartets, and Beethoven's ever-popular Fourth Piano Concerto.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra - Mozart, Dvorak, Bach, Stephen Paulus20180220

Penny Gore continues a week of concerts from the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Today's programme features music spanning the centuries, from Bach's First Brandenburg Concerto to the world premiere of Sally Beamish's Third Piano Concerto. Also along the way, another concerto: Ginastera's zestful Harp Concerto, and music by the late American composer Stephen Paulus.

2pm
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Symphony No 1 in G major, Op 11 No 1
Mozart: Serenade No 12 in C minor, K388
Dvorak: String Quartet No 12 in F major (American) arr. for string orchestra
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

3.05pm
J S Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Stephen Paulus: Mass for a Sacred Place
Kathy Kienzle (harp)
Minnesota Chorale
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

4.20pm
Sally Beamish: Piano Concerto No 3 (City Stanzas) - World Premiere performance
Jonathan Biss (piano)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Mischa Santora (conductor)

The US twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have a long tradition of first class music making, and all this week Penny Gore introduces, on Afternoon Concert, recordings of their flagship ensembles, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Today, there's a chance to hear two concerts from their 2016/17 seasons. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra begin with a programme that pairs Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges with Mozart, before offering a rare chance to hear the orchestration of Dvorak's 'American' String Quartet.

After that, a short ride down the Interstate 94 takes us to Minneapolis, and a concert from the Minnesota Orchestra with Music Director Osmo Vänskä. The Orchestra's principal harp, Kathy Kienzle, is in the spotlight for Ginastera's Harp Concerto, and the programme ends with a work by the late American composer and frequent Minnesota Orchestra collaborator Stephen Paulus.

To finish today, the world premiere performance of Sally Beamish's Third Piano Concerto, given a year ago by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Jonathan Biss. Subtitled 'City Stanzas', it was commissioned by today's soloist as part of a project to create new piano concertos inspired by the five concertos of Beethoven. Sally Beamish took Beethoven's First Piano Concerto as a starting point and re-imagined it in a modern urban environment.

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Beethoven's Fidelio20180111

Beethoven's Fidelio, starring Ricarda Merbeth and Stuart Skelton with the BBC Philharmonic.

Tom Redmond presents today's Opera Matinee - a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio performed by this week's orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, on tour in San Sebastian, Spain. Stuart Skelton sings the imprisoned Florestan, and Ricarda Merbeth the brave Leonora who comes to his rescue. Then more from the BBC Philharmonic on home ground, with songs by Elgar, a tone poem by Honegger and Copland's Third Symphony.

2pm
Beethoven Fidelio
Leonora....Ricarda Merbeth (soprano)
Florestan....Stuart Skelton (tenor)
Rocco....James Creswell (bass)
Marzelline....Louise Alder (soprano)
Jaquino....Benjamin Hulett (tenor)
Don Pizarro....Detlef Roth (bass)
Don Fernando....David Soar (bass)
BBC Philharmonic
Orfeon Donostiarra (chorus)
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

c.3.50pm
Elgar: Three Songs, Op 59
Roderick Williams (baritone)
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Davis (conductor)

Honegger: Pacific 231
BBC Philharmonic
Manoj Kamps (conductor)

c.4.15pm
Copland: Symphony No 3
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Bellini's Il Pirata20180222

Penny Gore introduces a recording of Bellini's Il Pirata from the final Bel Canto at Caramoor season, held last summer in New York State, USA. Il Pirata was Bellini's breakthrough opera in Milan. It's a highly romantic tale of love and subterfuge set in 13th century Sicily, with a chorus of pirates or ladies-in-waiting never far away. Multiple award winning American soprano Angela Meade is the heroine Imogene, and Argentine bel canto tenor Santiago Ballerini is her beloved pirate chief Gualtiero.

Imogene....Angela Meade (soprano)
Gualtiero....Santiago Ballerini (tenor)
Ernesto....Harold Wilson (bass)
Itulbo....Sean Christensen (tenor)
Adele....Robyn Marie Lamp (soprano)
Goffredo....Joseph Beutel (bass-baritone)

Chorus of Caramoor's Bel Canto Young Artists
St. Luke's Orchestra
Will Crutchfield (Conductor)

Under the expert curation of Will Crutchfield, Bel Canto at Caramoor ran for twenty years at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in New York State, USA. As part of its final season last summer, the festival staged this performance of Il Pirata in the idyllic setting of Caramoor's Venetian Theatre, starring the festival's artist-in-residence, soprano Angela Meade.

Bellini's Il pirata from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Berg's Wozzeck20180329

Alban Berg's Wozzeck from Dutch National Opera, conducted by Marc Albrecht.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Alban Berg's Wozzeck from Dutch National Opera, with Christopher Maltman in the title role, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Marie and Sir Willard White as the Doctor.

Georgia Mann introduces this 2017 production of Berg's opera examining the complexities of the human soul.

The hapless soldier Wozzeck has an illegitimate child with Marie. When he discovers her affair with the handsome Drum Major, it's too much for him to bear. He gradually begins to lose his grip on sanity and stabs her before drowning himself.

Wozzeck.... Christopher Maltman (baritone)
Marie.... Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)
Marie's son... Jacob Jutte (treble)
Captain / Half-wit.... Marcel Beekman (tenor)
Doctor.... Sir Willard White (bass)
Drum Major.... Frank van Aken (tenor)
Andres.... Jason Bridges (tenor)
Margret.... Ursula Hesse von d. Steinen (mezzo soprano)
First Apprentice.... Scott Wilde (bass)
Second Apprentice.... Morschi Franz (baritone)

Dutch National Chorus
New Amsterdam Children's Choir
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Marc Albrecht

And at 3.40pm
Georgia Mann continues this week's focus on the 2017 Robeco SummerNights festival in Amsterdam

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K.488
Beethoven: Overture; Adagio; Allegro molto con brio (from The Creatures of Prometheus)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 in C major
Ronald Brautigam (piano)
Kölner Akademie
Conductor Michael Alexander.

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Cavalli's Erismena20171228

Cavalli's Erismena in a performance from the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Jonathan Swain presents today's Thursday Opera Matinee: A rare chance to hear Cavalli's Erismena in a performance from the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Very popular in its time, Cavalli's comic opera of 1655 even made it to England, and was unusual in that it dealt with humans rather than gods or ancient heroes. Then back to the 'Best of 2017' from the BBC performing groups, and a stand out performance of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy played by Jack Liebeck and the Ulster Orchestra.

2pm
Cavalli: Erismena
Erismena....Francesca Aspromonte (soprano)
Idraspe....Carlo Vistoli (countertenor)
Aldimira....Susanna Hurrell (soprano)
Orimeno....Jakub Józef Orlínski (soprano)
Erimante....Alexander Miminoshvili (bass)
Flerida....Lea Desandre (mezzo-soprano)
Argippo....Andrea Bonsignore (baritone)
Alcesta....Stuart Jackson (tenor)
Diarte....Jonathan Abernethy (baritone)
Clerio Moro....Tai Oney (countertenor)
Cappella Mediterranea
Leonardo García Alarcón (conductor)

c.4.30pm
Bruch: A Scottish Fantasy, Op 46
Jack Liebeck (violin)
Ulster Orchestra
Giordano Bellincampi (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Donizetti's La Favorite20180315

Kate Molleson presents this week's Opera Matinee: Donizetti's La Favorite (sung in French)

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Kate Molleson presents this week's Opera Matinee, a recording from Teatro Real, Madrid, of Donizetti's opera La Favorite, sung in French.

Alphonse XI, King of Castille....Simone Piazzola (baritone)
Léonor de Guzman....Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)
Inès....Marina Monzó (soprano)
Fernand....Javier Camarena (tenor)
Balthazar....Simón Orfila (bass)
Don Gaspar, officer of the king....Antonio Lozano (tenor)
A Lord....Alejandro del Cerro (tenor)

Teatro Real Chorus
Teatro Real Orchestra
Daniel Oren (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia20171123

Georgia Mann presents a Salzburg Festival performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia.

Georgia Mann presents a concert performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia from this year's Salzburg Festival.

Set in 16th-century Venice and Ferrara, the opera tells the tale of the young nobleman Don Gennaro's encounter with one of the most infamous and deadly women of the Italian Renaissance, Lucrezia Borgia. Premiered at La Scala, Milan on 26th December 1833, and based on a play by Victor Hugo, Donizetti's opera captures the intrigue, passion and jealousy of an aristocratic dynasty tested by the arrival of a young and honest man brought up as the son of a lowly fisherman. Krassimira Stoyanova sings the title role, with Juan Diego Florez as Gennaro, and Ildar Abdrazakov as her husband, Don Alfonso D'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Then it's back to this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, for music by Dvorak.

2pm
Donizetti Lucrezia Borgia.
Don Alfonso D'Este, Duke of Ferrara.. Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)
Lucrezia Borgia.. Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano)
Don Gennaro.. Juan Diego Florez (tenor)
Maffio Orsini.. Teresa Iervolino (contralto)
Jeppo Liverotto.. Mingjie Lei (tenor)
Oloferno Vitellozzo.. Ilker Arcayürek (tenor)
Apostolo Gazella.. Gleb Peryazev (bass)
Ascanio Petrucci.. Ilya Kutyukin (baritone)
Gubetta.. Hans Peter Kammerer (bass)
Rustighello: Andrew Haji (tenor)
Astolfo.. Gordon Binter (bass)
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg
Marco Armiliato (conductor)

16.20
Dvorak
The Water Goblin, Op.107
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Rory Macdonald (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Granados's Goyescas20180215

Kate Molleson presents a performance of Granados's one-act opera Goyescas, performed by the BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra. Plus a new recording of Florent Schmitt's Antony and Cleopatra Suite No 2.

2pm
Granados: Goyescas
Rosario....Nancy Fabiola Herrera (soprano)
Fernando....Gustavo Peña (tenor)
Pepa....Lidia Vinyes Curtis (mezzo-soprano)
Paquiro....José Antonio López (baritone)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Josep Pons (conductor)

3.00pm
Dvorak: Wind Serenade in D minor, Op 44
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Douglas Boyd (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Florent Schmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre Suite No 2
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

3.55pm
Lily Boulanger:
D'un matin de printemps
D'un soir triste
BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Storgards

c.4.15pm
Sibelius: Press Celebrations Music
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor).

Granados's one-act opera Goyescas, performed by the BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Handel's Rinaldo20171005

Penny Gore presents a recording of Handel's Rinaldo conducted by Christopher Hogwood.

Penny Gore presents a recording of Handel's Rinaldo conducted by Christopher Hogwood.

The first opera written by Handel for the London stage, the work borrows and adapts works he composed during his recent years spent in Italy. Set in Jerusalem at the time of the First Crusade, the plot concerns the kidnapping of Rinaldo's lover, Almirena, by the sorceress, Armida, Queen of Damascus. A great success at its premiere in 1711, the opera features a succession of beautiful arias such as Almirena's "Lascia ch'io pianga". David Daniels takes the title role, with an acclaimed cast including Cecilia Bartoli, Gerald Finley, and Bernarda Fink.

Goffredo....Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano)
Almirena....Cecilia Bartoli (soprano)
Rinaldo....David Daniels (countertenor)
Eustazio....Daniel Taylor (countertenor)
Argante....Gerald Finley (baritone)
Armida....Luba Orgonasova (soprano)
Mago cristiano....Bejun Mehta (countertenor)
Donna / Sirena 2....Ana-Maria Rincon (soprano)
Sirena 1....Catherine Bott (soprano)
Un araldo....Mark Padmore (tenor)
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Hansel And Gretel20180322

Penny Gore introduces Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel from the Royal Opera House

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore introduces Engelbert Humperdinck's setting of Hansel and Gretel: the classic story from the Brothers Grimm, where two children get lost in a forest after dark and are charmed by a witch to enter her magical gingerbread house. The children are ensnared but manage to defeat the witch, and in a rousing happy ending they are returned home and reunited with their parents.

In a performance from the Royal Opera House, Sir Colin Davis conducts Humperdinck's fairytale opera with a cast that includes mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirschlager as Hansel and soprano Diana Damrau as Gretel.

Hansel....Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)
Gretel....Diana Damrau (soprano)
Gertrud....Elizabeth Connell (soprano)
Peter....Thomas Allen (baritone)
Witch....Anja Silja (soprano)
Sandman and....Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano)
Dew Fairy and Echo....Anita Watson (soprano)
Echo....Eri Nakamura, Simona Mihai (sopranos)
Tiffin Boys' Choir
Tiffin Children's Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Colin Davis (conductor)

And at 3.45pm

Penny Gore continues this week's focus on recent Ulster Orchestra recordings, with works by Piers Hellawell and Prokofiev.

Piers Hellawell - Wild Flow
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op 100
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Jacopo Foroni's Margherita20171130

Tom McKinney presents Jacopo Foroni's Margherita, recorded at Wexford Festival Opera.

Tom McKinney presents Jacopo Foroni's Margherita, recorded at Wexford Festival Opera. Wexford uncovers another rarity - Foroni was a 19th-century Italian composer who spent most of his working life in Sweden, and he tragically died of cholera aged 33. Margherita is a comedy set in the mountains, where Margherita, a pretty, rich orphan girl, is in love with the soldier Ernesto but is pestered with proposals of marriage by the well-connected Roberto.

Foroni: Margherita

Conte Rodolfo....Yuriy Yurchuk (baritone)
Ser Matteo....Matteo d'Apolito (baritone)
Margherita....Alessandra Volpe (mezzo-soprano)
Ernesto....Andrew Stenson (tenor)
Giustina....Giuliana Gianfaldoni (soprano)
Roberto....Filippo Fontana (baritone)
Gasparo....Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)
Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera
Timothy Myers (conductor)

Plus more from the Prague Spring Festival as part of this week celebrating 50 years of the European Broadcasting Union's music exchange - a swapping service between European broadcasters.

Ethel Smyth - Concerto for violin, horn and orchestra
Jan Mrácek (violin),
Radek Baborák (horn),
Prague Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Jonathon Heyward.

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Mozart's Don Giovanni20171026

Mozart's Don Giovanni in a performance from Aix-en-Provence.

Jonathan Swain presents Afternoon Concert's Thursday Opera Matinee - a performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni from the Archbishop's Theatre, Aix-en-Provence. Philippe Sly sings the sings the charismatic seducer who meets his match in the ghost of the man he kills, and Eleonora Buratto, Isabel Leonard and Julie Fuchs sing the women who get drawn helplessly into his net.

2pm
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni....Philippe Sly (bass baritone)
Leporello....Nahuel di Pierro (bass)
Donna Anna....Eleonora Buratto (soprano)
Don Ottavio....Pavol Breslik (tenor)
Donna Elvira....Isabel Leonard (soprano)
Zerlina....Julie Fuchs (soprano)
Masetto....Krzysztof Baczyk (bass)
Il Commendatore....David Leigh (bass)
English Voices
Le Cercle de l'Harmonie
Jérémie Rhorer (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Puccini's 'manon Lescaut'20171012

Antonio Pappano conducts Manon Lescaut, starring Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann.

Tom Redmond presents a performance of Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' conducted by Antonio Pappano with soprano Kristine Opolais, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and baritone Christopher Maltman.

Plus the BBC Philharmonic performs Walton's Cello Concerto with soloist Leonard Elschenbroich, and music by Prokofiev and Elgar.

2pm
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Manon Lescaut....Kristine Opolais (Soprano)
Chevalier des Grieux....Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Lescaut....Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
Geronte de Ravoir....Maurizio Muraro (Bass)
Singer....Nadezhda Karyazina (Soprano)
Edmondo....Benjamin Hulett (Tenor)
Dancing Master....Robert Burt (Tenor)
Lamplighter....Luis Gomes (Tenor)
Innkeeper....Nigel Cliffe (Baritone)
Sergeant....Jihoon Kim (Bass Baritone)
Naval Captain....Jeremy White (Bass)
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Opera House Chorus
Antonio Pappano (Conductor)

c. 4pm
Walton: Cello Concerto
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
BBC Philharmonic
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Prokofiev: Autumn
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

Elgar: Grania and Diarmid: Incidental Music and Funeral March
BBC Philharmonic
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Rossini's Moses In Egypt20180125

Rossini's Moses in Egypt, performed at the Bregenz Festival in the summer of 2017.

Penny Gore presents this week's Thursday Opera Matinee: Rossini's Moses in Egypt, performed at the Bregenz Festival last summer. Telling the story of Moses and the Israelites' escape from Egypt, it's also a love story between the Pharaoh's son Amenofi and the Israelite Elcia. Followed by more from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with music by Haydn.

2pm
Rossini: Moses in Egypt
Pharoah....Andrew Foster-Williams (baritone)
Amaltea....Mandy Fredrich (soprano)
Osiride....Sunnyboy Dladla (bass)
Elcia....Clarissa Costanzo (soprano)
Mambre....Taylan Reinhard (tenor)
Moses....Goran Juric (bass)
Aaron....Matteo Macchioni (tenor)
Amenofi....Dara Savinova (mezzo-soprano)
Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Enrique Mazzola (conductor)

c.4.30pm
Haydn: Symphony No 92 in G major, "Oxford"
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Strauss's Salome20171102

Tom Mckinney presents Strauss' Salome from the Royal Opera House.

Tom McKinney introduces the 2010 production of Richard Strauss's Salome from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - part of Radio 3's Opera Season, this is one of the seven operas featured in the current exhibition at the V&A, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

'Salome is an opera full of characters regarding each other, unable to communicate everyone's desire is unfulfilled, but everyone is looking all the time', says David McVicar's of Richard Strauss's Salome, as his 2008 production is resurrected in all its shocking glory at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Based on a short biblical reference to a girl dancing for King Herod, and the immortal line: 'Bring me the head of John the Baptist', Oscar Wilde's play told a lurid tale of power and corruption, depravity and obsession and Strauss set it to music without holding back in any way.

Angela Denoke stars in the title role, Irina Mishura as Herodias and Gerhard Siegel as Herod, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen.

Narraboth.. Andrew Staples (tenor)
The Page.. Sarah Castle (mezzo-soprano)
First Soldier.. Nicolas Courjal (bass)
Second Soldier.. Alan Ewing (bass)
Jokanaan.. Johan Reuter (baritone)
A Cappadocian.. John Cunningham (bass-baritone)
Salome.. Angela Denoke (soprano)
Herod.. Gerhard Siegel (tenor)
Herodias.. Irina Mishura (mezzo-soprano)
First Jew.. Adrian Thompson (tenor)
Second Jew.. Robert Anthony Gardiner (tenor)
Third Jew.. Hubert Francis (tenor)
Fourth Jew..Steven Ebel (tenor)
Fifth Jew.. Jeremy White (bass)
First Nazarene.. Vuyani Mlinde (bass)
Second Nazarene.. Dawid Kimberg (baritone)
Hartmut Haenchen.. Conductor
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

And at 3.45pm

Tom McKinney continues this week's focus on recent Ulster Orchestra recordings, including a tone poem by Rachmaninov as part of Afternoon Concert's continuing season.

Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

Rachmaninov: Caprice Bohemian Op. 12
Ulster Orchestra
Olari Elts (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin20171207

Tom Redmond presents a performance of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

As as tribute to the great baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky who died last month at the age of 55, another chance to hear him in one of his signature roles, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. When Tatyana (Nicole Car) is introduced to the dashing young Onegin (Dmitri Hvorostovsky) from St Petersburg, she believes that he is the hero of her dreams, the man she has imagined through reading her beloved books. But Onegin coldly rejects her and leaves her devastated. Bored at Tatyana's name-day party, Onegin then flirts with her sister Olga (Oksana Volkova), outraging the poet Lensky (Michael Fabiano), Olga's fiancé and Onegin's only friend. Lensky challenges Onegin to a duel and is killed by Onegin, who then travels the world in an attempt to escape his guilt. Onegin eventually returns to Russia to discover that Tatyana has become the elegant wife of Prince Gremin (Ferruccio Furlanetto). Onegin is overcome, and begs her to return his love...

First broadcast in 2016. Presented by Tom Redmond.

2pm
Eugene Onegin....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Tatyana....Nicole Car (soprano)
Olga....Oksana Volkova (mezzo-soprano)
Lensky....Michael Fabiano (tenor)
Madame Larina....Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)
Filipyevna....Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
Monsieur Triquet....Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor)
Prince Gremin....Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)
Zaretsky....James Platt (bass)
A Captain....David Shipley (bass)
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Semyon Bychkov (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Vivaldi's Teuzzone20180208

Vivaldi's Teuzzone in a performance from Barcelona directed by Jordi Savall.

Georgia Mann presents this week's Opera Matinee - a rare chance to hear Vivaldi's Teuzzone, in a performance from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu directed by Jordi Savall. The Emperor of China, Troncone dies leaving a bride, Zidiana, and a power vacuum. His son Teuzzone is the rightful heir, but Zidiana has plans not only to seize power, but to marry Teuzzone herself. Jordi Savall and his Concert des Nations set the scene for each half with a traditional Chinese folksong.

2pm
Vivaldi Teuzzone
Teuzzone....Paolo López (male soprano)
Zidiana....Marta Fumagalli (contralto)
Sivenio....Furio Zanasi (bass)
Cino....Roberta Mameli (soprano)
Egaro....Aurelio Schiavoni (countertenor)
Troncone....Carlo Allemano (tenor)
Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall.

Thursday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra Live From Glasgow And The Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford20171214

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra live from Glasgow and BBC Philharmonic live from Salford.

Afternoon Concert's live week continues with two live performances, starting with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow's City Halls, conducted by Ben Gernon, with Simon Wills' tone poem The Island. It's followed by Ernest Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer, in a version for voice and orchestra, with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge as soloist. Then comes a selection of pieces from Prokofiev's suites from the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Then we move to MediaCityUK in Salford as the afternoon continues with our second live concert, this one given by the BBC Philharmonic, under the baton of Clemens Schuldt, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat, K.449, with soloist Martin Roscoe. The concert ends with Sibelius' Symphony No. 2.

2.00pm Presented by Jamie MacDougall LIVE from City Halls, Glasgow
Simon Wills: The Island - tone poem
Ernest Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op.19

3.05pm
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - a selection of pieces
From 2nd Suite: Montagues and Capulets; Juliet - the Young Girl
From 3rd Suite: Morning Dance
From 1st Suite: Minuet; Masks; Balcony Scene; Death of Tybalt

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ben Gernon (conductor)

3.45pm Presented by Tom Redmond LIVE from MediaCityUK, Salford.
Mozart: Piano Concerto no 14 in E flat (K 449)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Martin Roscoe (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Clemens Schuldt (conductor).

Thursday Opera Matinee - Verdi's Nabucco20171019

Penny Gore presents Verdi's Nabucco, in a 2013 performance from the Royal Opera House.

2pm
Thursday Opera Matinee, presented by Katie Derham.
Placido Domingo sang the title role of Nabucco for the very first time anywhere in the world as part of the Royal Opera House's Verdi 200 celebrations in 2013, and Liudmyla Monastyrska dazzled in the role of Abigaille. Domingo takes on the baritone role of Nebuchadnezzar, King of the Babylonians, in the biblical story which so much resounded in the hearts of Italians at the time. The fight of the Hebrews against oppression and exile took a different twist in a tale of love and patriotism, represented in the celebrated chorus 'Va pensiero', one of Verdi's most famous pieces. Nicola Luisotti conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Followed by performances from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in music by Copland and Karl Jenkins.

2pm
Verdi: Nabucco (Opera Cities season)
Nabucco....Placido Domingo (baritone)
Abigaille....Liudmyla Monastryka (soprano)
Zaccaria....Vitalij Kowaljow (bass)
Fenena....Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo-soprano)
Ismaele....Andrea Care (tenor)
Anna....Dusica Bijelic (soprano)
Abdallo....David Butt Philip (tenor)
High Priest of Baal....Robert Lloyd (bass)
Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
Nicola Luisotti (conductor)

c.4.10pm
Copland: Appalachian Spring - suite
Karl Jenkins: Over the Stone (Tros y Garreg) - harp concerto
Catrin Finch (harp)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tecwyn Evans (conductor).

Thursday Opera Matinee: Chabrier's L'etoile20171221

Penny Gore presents Chabrier's sparkling opera recorded last year at the Royal Opera House

Penny Gore presents L'Etoile, Chabrier's sparkling opera, in a performance conducted by Mark Elder and recorded last year at the Royal Opera House

Chabrier's comic opera L'Étoile is a rarity but is considered to be a masterpiece of the genre

It was first performed to great success in 1877 and was performed 48 times in its first run. It's a wonderfully ridiculous plot, with each role perfectly characterised in the music

The story begins on King Ouf's birthday (the tenor Christophe Mortagne), which he always celebrates with a public impalement, and this year his victim is the pedlar Lazuli (a role for a mezzo-soprano and sung here by Kate Lindsey), who unwittingly struck the King without knowing who he was. However, when the King's astrologer Siroco (bass-baritone Simon Bailey) tells the King that his star and Lazuli's are so closely bound that they will die on the same day, the King cancels the execution

Mark Elder conducts what was the Royal Opera's first ever production of L'Étoile, directed by Mariame Clément

King Ouf I....Christophe Mortagne (tenor)
Siroco....Simon Bailey (bass-baritone)
Prince Hérisson de Porc-Epic....François Piolino (tenor)
Tapioca....Aimery Lefèvre (baritone)
Lazuli....Kate Lindsey (mezzo-soprano)
Princesse Laoula....Hélène Guilmette (soprano)
Aloès....Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano)
Patacha....Samuel Sakker (tenor)
Zalzal....Samuel Dale Johnson (baritone)
Smith....Chris Addison (actor)
Dupont....Jean-Luc Vincent (actor)

Royal Opera House Chorus
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Mark Elder (conductor).

Thursday- Opera Matinee: Giordano's Siberia20180201

Tom McKinney introduces Giordano's opera Siberia with Sonya Yoncheva as Stephana.

In our opera matinée, Tom McKinney introduces Umberto Giordano's rarely heard opera Siberia with the acclaimed soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Stephana, the mistress of a prince, and the tenor Murat Karahan as officer Vassili, her lover, in this tragic tale of romance, treachery and deception, taken from a performance at last year's Montpellier Festival in France. Domingo Hindoyan conducts a stellar cast as well as the Latvian Radio Chorus and the Montpellier Occitanie National Choir and Orchestra. The opera is followed by a a new recording of Sir Arthur Bliss's Introduction and Allegro from the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis. Then a concert given recently by the BBC Singers at St Paul's Knightsbridge, in London, celebrating the music of Edward Cowie, also including pieces by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Geoffrey Poole.

2pm
Giordano: Siberia
Stephana....Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)
Vassili....Murat Karahan (tenor)
Gleby....Gabriele Viviani (baritone)
Nikona....Catherine Carby (mezzo-soprano)
Girl....Anaïs Constant (soprano)
Ivan/Cosack....Marin Yonchev (tenor)
Captain/Walinoff/Governor....Riccardo Fassi (bass)
Alexis, Il Sergente....Alvaro Zambrano (tenor)
Miskinsky the banker/Lame man....Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin (baritone)
Inspector....Laurent Sérou (bass)
Latvian Radio Chorus
Montpellier Occitanie National Choir
Montpellier Occitanie National Orchestra
Domingo Hindoyan (conductor)

c.3.40pm
Bliss: Introduction and Allegro
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)

c.3.55pm
Edward Cowie: Okavango Dawn Rite
Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
Edward Cowie: Cathedral Music 1
Elgar: They are at rest
Geoffrey Poole: Imerina
BBC Singers
Nicholas Kok (conductor).

Thursday Opera Matinee: Prokofiev's The Gambler20171116

Verity Sharp presents Prokofiev's The Gambler in a recording from the Vienna State Opera.

In today's Opera Matinee, Verity Sharp presents Prokofiev's The Gambler in a recording from the Vienna State Opera as part of Radio 3's season Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture.

Prokofiev's 4-act opera is based on a novel by Dostoevsky, who understood the lure of the gaming tables only too well, being addicted to gambling himself. Set in Roulettenburg, a fictional German spa town, the opera deals with the ups and downs of winning and losing and obsessive greed. Prokofiev wrote his own libretto and completed the score in 1917, in his late 20s. It is written in his most exciting early style with high energy and motoric rhythms.

Prokofiev: The Gambler

The General.. Dmitry Ulyanov (bass)
Pauline.. Elena Guseva (soprano)
Alexei.. Misha Didyk (tenor)
Babulenka.. Linda Watson (mezzo-soprano)
The Marquis..Thomas Ebenstein (tenor)
Blanche.. Elena Maximova (mezzo-soprano)
Mr Astley.. Morten Frank Larsen (baritone)
Vienna State Opera
Simone Young (conductor)

2pm Act 1

2.25pm Act 2

3pm Act 3

3.25pm Act 4

4.05pm
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Collon (conductor).

Tuesday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20171017

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform Britten, Bruch and Dvorak at Worcester.

Penny Gore continues her week of performances and recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Today's programme includes a concert the orchestra gave a fortnight ago at the University of Worcester Arena, performing Britten, Bruch and Dvorak. Plus Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with a specially recorded piece by Saint-Saëns - his Le Rouet d'Omphale - and concludes with a new release of Elgar's Enigma Variations.

2pm
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)
Hyeyoon Park (violin)
BBC NOW
Kazuki Yamada (conductor)

c.3.35pm
Saint-Saëns: Le Rouet d'Omphale - symphonic poem, Op.31
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jun Markl (conductor)

Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches - suite in A major
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme ('Enigma'), Op.36
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Andrew Constantine (conductor).

Tuesday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales In Afternoon Concert20180123

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts and recordings from the BBC NOW.

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts and recordings from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with Respighi, plus we hear the fruits of the Orchestra's Beethoven Symphony Cycle recorded during a recent tour of North Wales with Principal Guest conductor Xian Zhang, and Soprano Chiara Taigi sings Verdi.

2pm
Verdi
Overture to La Forza del destino
Quattro pezzi sacri
Ave Maria from Otello
La Vergine degli angeli from La Forza del destino
Tacea la notte placida from Il Trovatore
Sempre libera from La Traviata
Respighi: Pini di Roma
Chiara Taigi (soprano)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang (conductor

c. 3.45pm
Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat major, Op 60
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang (conductor)

c. 4.20pm
Bloch: Voice in the wilderness
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Benjamin Wallfisch (conductor).

Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic20171010

The BBC Philharmonic concert series includes Elgar's Symphony No 1.

Tom Redmond presents a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic, with a particular focus on works by Elgar. The 2pm concert includes his First Symphony, along with Richard Strauss's First Horn Concerto featuring soloist Alberto Menendez.

2pm
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps, Overture
Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1
Elgar: Symphony No 1
Alberto Menendez (horn)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

c. 3.25pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor
Jian Wang (cello)
BBC Philharmonic
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

c. 4.05pm
Beethoven: Symphony No 3, 'Eroica'
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor).

Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic20180313

Kate Molleson introduces more concert performances from the BBC Philharmonic.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Kate Molleson introduces more concert performances from the BBC Philharmonic, including Beethoven's third piano concerto with soloist Pavel Kolesnikov and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony.

c.2pm:
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op 58
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

c.3.35pm:
James MacMillan: Fanfare Upon One Note
Magnus Lindberg: Ottoni
BBC Philharmonic
Clark Rundell (conductor)

c.4pm:
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G major, K313
Adam Walker (flute)
BBC Philharmonic
Jamie Phillips (conductor)

c.4.30pm:
Ligeti: Ramifications
BBC Philharmonic
David Greilsammer (conductor)

c.4.40pm:
Kodaly: Dances of Galánta
BBC Philharmonic
Rory Macdonald (conductor).

Kate Molleson introduces more concert performances from the BBC Philharmonic.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live At Mediacityuk In Salford20180109

Tom Redmond presents a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic.

Tom Redmond presents a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic. Today the orchestra perform Stravinsky's tone poem Song of the Nightingale and music by Rossini and Mozart live at their home in Salford. Plus performances including Saint-Saëns's First Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

2pm - LIVE from MediaCityUK, Salford
Rossini: Overture, The Barber of Seville
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat, K271
Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale
BBC Philharmonic
Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.3.15pm:
Roussel: Le festin d'araignée: symphonic fragments
Claude Vivier: Lonely Child
Katrien Baerts (soprano)
BBC Philharmonic
Manoj Kamps (conductor)

c.3.50pm:
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
BBC Philharmonic
Clark Rundell (conductor)

c.4pm:
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 1 in D major
Louis Lortie (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Edward Gardner (conductor)

c.4.30pm:
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor
BBC Philharmonic
Nicholas Collon (conductor).

Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford20171205

Tom Redmond presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic's home in Salford.

Tom Redmond presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic's home in Salford, MediaCityUK, featuring David Matthews' tone poem 'A Vision of the Sea' and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with soprano Ruby Hughes. Plus Juanjo Mena conducts the orchestra in Bruckner's Fourth Symphony.

2pm:
David Matthews: Sinfonia
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
David Matthews: A Vision of the Sea
Ruby Hughes (soprano)
BBC Philharmonic
Jac van Steen (conductor)

c.3pm:
Cowell: Hymn, Chorale and Fuguing Tune No 8 (first UK performance)
BBC Philharmonic
Lee Reynolds (conductor)

Ginastera: Dances from 'Estancia'
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Copland: Statements
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.3.30pm:
Bruckner: Symphony No 4 in E flat major
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Tuesday - Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20171121

Ian Skelly presents concert performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Ian Skelly presents concerts featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Today, two concerts reflecting the orchestra's desire to bring the best of the classical and the contemporary repertoire to its listeners. In our 2pm concert, recorded in Ayr Town Hall, François Leleux conducts music from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Mozart's 'Paris' Symphony, Schubert's 'Tragic' Symphony and Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, and at 3.15pm, for our second concert, we travel from Nuremberg in Germany to the south coast of Australia courtesy of Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersingers, Respighi's Pines of Rome and Christian Lindberg's The Waves of Wollongong.

2pm
Mozart: Symphony No 31 in D major, K297 (Paris)
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Beethoven: Coriolan: Overture, Op 62
Schubert: Symphony No 4 in C minor, D417 (Tragic)
Mark O'Keeffe (trumpet)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
François Leleux (conductor)

3.15pm
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture*
Kalevi Aho: Trombone Concerto
Respighi: Pines of Rome
Christian Lindberg: The Waves of Wollongong*
Jorgen van Rijen (trombone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Christian Lindberg (conductor)*.

Tuesday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Chorus20171024

The BBC Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Barbican plus new studio recordings.

Jonathan Swain continues his week of performances and recordings by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Today's programme begins with the orchestra in concert at the Barbican two weeks ago, with repertoire including the UK premiere of Thomas Larcher's Red and Green, and Bruch's Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra. There's Polish music too - the Orchestra is joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus and tenor Ben Johnson for a new recording of Szymanowski's Symphony no.3, and Tasmin Little is soloist in Karlowicz's Violin Concerto. Plus the Orchestra celebrate Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme with works by Musorgsky and Saint-Saens.

2pm
Larcher: Red and Green (UK premiere)
Bruch: Concerto in A major for Two Pianos and Orchestra
Webern: Six Pieces, Op. 6
Haydn: Symphony No. 45, "Farewell"
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Samson Tsoy (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

c.3.30pm
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3, Op.27 (The Song of the Night)
Ben Johnson (tenor)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Musorgsky ed Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on the Bare Mountain
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Michael Collins (conductor)

c.4.10pm
Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A major, Op.8
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Saint-Saëns: La princesse jaune, Op 30
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Pascal Rophé (conductor).

Tuesday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Singers20180213

Kate Molleson continues her week of performances from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers. Today includes a concert the BBC Singers gave at the John Armitage Memorial Festival on the Kent Marshes, with an English programme including a premiere by Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch. Plus a new recording of Florent Schmitt's Antony and Cleopatra Suite No 1, and Bartok's Two Pictures

2pm
Elgar: Give unto the Lord
Tom Harrold/Stuart Beatch: Vimy Beach (World Premiere)
Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing
Finzi; Lo, the full, final sacrifice
Rutter; Come down, O Love divine
Tavener: Svyati (O holy one)
BBC Singers
Jamie Walton (cello)
Daniel Cook (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Florent Schmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre Suite 1
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

c3.50pm
Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon
BBC Singers
Grace Rossiter (conductor)

c.4.00pm
Schumann: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, 'Rhenish'
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo

c.4.35pm
Bartok: Two Pictures
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gergely Madaras (conductor).

Tuesday - European Concert Showcase20171128

Tom McKinney presents concerts from across Europe, including Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

Tom McKinney presents concerts from across Europe this week. Today's selection includes Herbert Blomstedt's 90th birthday concert with the Swedish Radio Symphony in Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony, plus the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel in Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, the 'Pastoral', recorded at the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

2pm:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat, 'Eroica'
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
conductor Herbert Blomstedt

c.3.35pm:
Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
Jan Lisiecki (piano)
Toronto Symphony
conductor Peter Oundjian

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra
conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Tuesday - Radio France Philharmonic20171003

Radio France Philharmonic in Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Mahler's First Symphony.

Penny Gore presents the Radio France Philharmonic in a series of concerts and recordings launching Radio 3's new Afternoon Concert. Today's 2pm concert features two works which push the boundaries of their forms, Beethoven's Triple Concerto, and Mahler's First Symphony. Plus today's Mozart Piano Concerto is No.22 in E flat K.482 performed by Philippe Cassard, the leading French broadcaster and pianist. Plus choral music by Poulenc from the Radio France chorus.

2pm
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C, Op. 56
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D ('Titan')
Svetlin Roussev (violin)
Eric Levionnois (cello)
Myung-Whun Chung (piano/director)
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

c. 4pm
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat, K. 482
Philippe Cassard (piano)
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington (conductor).

Tuesday - The Bbc Concert Orchestra, Live From Watford Colosseum20171212

BBC Concert Orchestra live from Watford Colosseum, London, with music by Dvorak and Bartok

The BBC performing groups live week continues with the BBC Concert Orchestra live from Watford Colosseum, London. Jaime Martin conducts a programme taking in Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme with Dvorak's The Noonday Witch, followed by Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. Then back to Broadcasting House for a recent recording by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under conductor Martin Yates, of Arnold Bax's symphonic poem Tintagel. The afternoon comes to a close with Beethoven's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in C minor, with Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Juanjo Mena, recorded recently in Barcelona.

2.00pm Presented by Fiona Talkington LIVE from Watford Colosseum
Dvorak: The Noonday Witch - tone poem
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra
Jaime Martin (conductor)

3.50pm - Back to the studio with Jonathan Swain
Bax: Tintagel - symphonic poem
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martin Yates (conductor)

4.10pm
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37
Rudolf Buchbinder (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Tuesday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180206

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in concert.

Fiona Talkington continues a week of performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Today's programme includes a concert of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert which the orchestra gave in Glasgow City Halls under conductor François Leleux. There's more from a new recording of violin music by British composers, today featuring Kenneth Leighton's Violin Concerto, and the orchestra perform symphonies by Tippett and Brahms.

2pm
Mozart: Symphony No 31 in D major, K297 (Paris) (K300a)
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op 62
Schubert: Symphony No 4 in C minor, D417 (Tragic)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
François Leleux (conductor)

c.2.55pm
Leighton: Violin Concerto, Op 12
Clare Howick (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

Tippett: Symphony No 2
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

c.3.55pm
Sciarrino: Allegoria della notte, for violin and orchestra
Ilia Gringolts (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F major, Op 90
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Tuesday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180306

Jonathan Swain introduces more recordings of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Jonathan Swain introduces more recordings of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Today: Martyn Brabbins conducts Debussy, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and John Wilson conducts the music of Richard Rodney Bennett.

2pm
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major, K271
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique)
Arthur Jussen (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3.20pm
Amy Beach: Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op 45
Danny Driver (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Rebecca Miller (conductor)

3.55pm
Richard Rodney Bennett: Marimba Concerto; Symphony No 3
Colin Currie (marimba)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

Afternoon Concert this week focuses on the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and today's programme begins with a full concert recorded in January at Aberdeen Music Hall. Martyn Brabbins conducted three cornerstones of the repertoire: Debussy's groundbreaking tone poem Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony and an early Mozart Piano Concerto featuring the young Dutch pianist Arthur Jussen, also known from the duo in which he performs with his brother Lucas.

Danny Driver is the soloist in another concerto, by the 19th and 20th century American composer Amy Beach, and percussionist Colin Currie is the soloist in Richard Rodney Bennett's Marimba Concerto. This is a recording made last year in Glasgow by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor John Wilson joined them to conduct a number of works by the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, whose versatile musical vision took in classical and jazz. Today there's also a chance to hear his Third Symphony.

Tuesday - The Best Of 2017 - Bbc Concert Orchestra, Bbc Singers And Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20171226

The Best of 2017 from the BBC performing groups.

This week Afternoon Concert celebrates the 'Best of 2017' from the BBC performing groups. Today features music from the ballet performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra at Watford Colosseum. Eric Whitacre conducts the BBC Singers in one of his own pieces, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is joined by Beatrice Rana and B Tommy Andersson for a highlight concert from Hoddinott Hall.

Presented by Jonathan Swain

2pm
Arnold: 'Water' from ballet 'Homage to the Queen'
G. Gordon: Les Noces Imaginaires Suite
Delibes ed Wordsworth: Coppelia Suite
BBC Concert Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

c.3.20pm
BBC Singers
Eric Whitacre: I carry your heart with me
BBC Singers
Eric Whitacre (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Bartok: Hungarian sketches Sz97 for orchestra
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3 in C major, Op 26

c.4.05pm
Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, Op 40
Beatrice Rana (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
B Tommy Andersson (conductor).

Tuesday - The Ulster Orchestra20180320

Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme includes the World Premiere of a trumpet concerto by the Venezuelan-Spanish composer Giancarlo Castro and concludes with Bartók's colourful 5-movement Concerto for Orchestra.

2pm
Elgar - Introduction and Allegro Op. 47
Dvořák - Cello Concerto Op. 104
Sibelius - Symphony No. 4 Op.63
Johannes Moser (cello)
Ulster Orchestra
Jac van Steen (conductor)

3.35pm
Giancarlo Castro -Trumpet Concerto (World Première)
Pacho Flores (trumpet)
Piazzolla - Winter in Buenos Aires
Pacho Flores (flugelhorn)
Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor).

Tuesday - Ulster Orchestra20171031

Tom McKinney presents the Ulster Orchestra, playing Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 2.

Tom McKinney showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme continues Afternoon Concert's celebration of the descriptive power of Tone Poems, including works by Smetana, Janáček and Sibelius, as well as a performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 2, Op.61, written towards the end of the composer's creative life.

2pm
Dvorák: Carnival Op.92
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op.61
Smetana: Vltava
Janáček: Taras Bulba
Tasmin Little (violin)
Ulster Orchestra
Courtney Lewis (conductor)

3.05pm
Dvorak: The Noon Witch, Op.108
Ulster Orchestra
Jac Van Steen (conductor)

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Jennifer Pike (violin)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor)

4.05pm
Sibelius: Lemmimkäinen Suite, Op. 22
3. Lemminkäinen in Tuonela
4. Lemminkäinen's Return
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op. 112
Ulster Orchestra
Courtney Lewis (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20171018

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales feature in a 2017 concert given in Newtown, Powys.

Penny Gore continues her week of performances and recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Today's programme features a concert the orchestra gave in Newtown in September. 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason is soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.1, and Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade.

2pm
Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila Overture
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major
Rimsky Korsakov: Sheherazade - symphonic suite, Op.35

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
BBC NOW
Michael Seal (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales' 90th Anniversary Celebrations20180411

Kate Molleson celebrates the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' 90th anniversary.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

From the band's beginnings as the Western Studio Orchestra in the Assembly Rooms Cardiff's City Hall, through the orchestra's adventurous tour in what was, then, East Germany, to its enduring three decade-long partnership with Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka, Kate Molleson celebrates the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' 90th Anniversary with a week of Afternoon Concerts that explore the orchestra's role in Welsh musical life and beyond.

Kate continues her journey through the orchestra's history with a this performance of Mahler made on tour at the Orchard Hall in Tokyo in May 1991. Plus we hear from Principal Conductor Mark Wigglesworth in music by Webern.

Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

c.3.15pm
Webern - Im Sommerwind - Idyll for Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales In Afternoon Concert20180124

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts and recordings from the BBC NOW.

Penny Gore presents a week of concerts and recordings from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Afternoon Concert's tone poem theme continues with Smetana and Janacek, plus we hear from New Generation Artist, the soprano Fatma Said.

2pm
Smetana: Vltava from Ma vlast
Dvorak Mesicku na nebi hlubokem [O silver moon...] from Rusalka
Strauss Allerseelen from 8 Lieder aus Letzte Blätter, Op 10; Morgen, Op 27 No 4; Strauss Cäcilie Op 27 No 2
Janacek: The Danube
Liszt: Hungaria, S103
Fatma Said (soprano)
Llio Evans (soprano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Otto Tausk (conductor)

c. 3.10pm
Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town) - overture, Op 40
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic20171011

Tom Redmond presents as the BBC Philharmonic perform Beethoven's 8th Symphony.

Tom Redmond presents recordings from the BBC Philharmonic, today including a world premiere performance of Raymond Yiu's 'The World was once all miracle' and Beethoven's Eighth Symphony.

2pm
Beethoven: Symphony No 8
Raymond Yiu: The World was once all miracle
Burgess: Symphony in C
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Robin Tritschler (tenor)
BBC Philharmonic
Michael Francis (conductor)

c. 3.20pm
Elgar: Pleading
Roderick Williams (baritone)
BBC Philharmonic
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic20171206

Tom Redmond presents a BBC Philharmonic concert including Brahms's Fourth Symphony.

Tom Redmond presents a concert including Brahms's Fourth Symphony and a UK premiere performance of Caroline Shaw's 'Entr'acte'.

2pm:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98
BBC Philharmonic
Joshua Weilerstein (conductor)

c.3pm:
Webern: Five Pieces, Op 10
BBC Philharmonic
Joshua Weilerstein (conductor)

c.3.15pm:
Jesus Guridi: An Adventure of Don Quixote
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford20171122

Stuart Flinders presents the BBC Philharmonic live at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Stuart Flinders presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic at MediaCityUK in Salford, featuring music by Lyadov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Ravel and Ibert. Our live 2pm Concert opens with a 'fantastic scherzo', Kikimora, a tone poem by Lyadov depicting witches. Kikimora takes its inspiration, and name, from a legendary female figure of Slavic folklore. The dark and moody orchestral colours make this piece both mesmerisingly menacing and harmonically haunting. Sofia Gubaidulina's powerful 1996 Viola Concerto will be performed today by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Lawrence Power, before a visit to Spain for Ravel's colourful Rapsodie espagnole. Closing this afternoon's live broadcast, and continuing the theme of sunny climes, is Ibert's Escales ('Ports of Call'). Imagine a cruise round the Mediterranean, stopping off at Palermo, Rome, Tunis and Valencia

2pm
Liadov: Kikimora
Sofia Gubaidulina: Viola Concerto
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Ibert: Escales
Lawrence Power (viola)
BBC Philharmonic
Ludovic Morlot (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live In Salford20180314

Kate Molleson presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Kate Molleson presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic at MediaCityUK in Salford featuring music by the Spanish composer Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, with soprano Berit Norbakken Solset, followed by Copland's 'Short Symphony'.

c.2pm:
Arriaga:
Overture, Los esclavos felices
Hymen! Viens dissiper (from 'Médée')
Erminie
Symphony in D major
Berit Norbakken Solset (soprano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

c.3pm:
Copland: Symphony No 2 ('Short Symphony')
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor).

Kate Molleson presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Wednesday - BBC Philharmonic LIVE in Salford20180418

Tom Redmond presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic's home at MediaCityUK.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond presents a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic's home at MediaCityUK in Salford, featuring music by Prokofiev, Jolivet, Shostakovich and Haydn.

2pm:
Prokofiev - Symphony no 1 (Classical)
Jolivet - Concertino for trumpet
Shostakovich - Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings
Haydn - Symphony no 86
Simon Hofele (trumpet)
Federico Colli (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Clemens Schuldt (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc Singers20171025

The BBC Singers in concert with music by John Tavener.

Jonathan Swain presents a concert the BBC Singers gave last month in memory of John Tavener at St Peter's Eaton Square, London. The concert was bookended by the music of Tavener himself, including the UK premiere of The Martyrdom of St Stephen alongside Requiem Fragments. Requiem Fragments is preceded by Josquin des Prez's Qui habitat, the work that influenced Tavener's Requiem composition. Alongside works by Thomas Tallis and Thomas Crecquillon are pieces by 21st-century composers Matthew Martin and Nico Muhly.

2pm
John Tavener: The Martyrdom of Saint Stephen (UK premiere), for choir, solo horn and organ
Thomas Tallis: Miserere nostri
Nico Muhly: Recordare, Domine
Thomas Creczuillon: Pater peccavi / Quanti mercenarii
Matthew Martin: Lamentations of Jeremiah
Josquin des Prez: Qui habitat in adiutorio altissimi
John Tavener: Requiem Fragments, for choir, trombones and string quartet
John Tavener: Song for Athene
BBC Singers
Ben Goldscheider (horn)
James McVinnie (organ)
London Brass
The Heath Quartet
Peter Phillips (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc Singers Perform Leonard Bernstein20180131

Tom McKinney introduces a concert with the BBC Singers performing music by Bernstein.

Tom McKinney introduces a concert with the BBC Singers, conducted by Ragnar Bohin and recorded last weekend at St Giles, Cripplegate, as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion series dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. The concert starts with Hashkiveinu for solo cantor, mixed chorus and organ; it's followed by his Missa Brevis for countertenor, chorus and percussion; then we hear Simchu Na for chorus and piano, Soldier's Song from The Lark for chorus and percussion, ending with his Chichester Psalms. This concert is followed by two tone poems performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra; first, Judith Weir Heroic Strokes of the Bow, with conductor Martyn Brabbins at the helm, and then Vincent D'Indy's Istar, this time with the orchestra under the baton of Pascal Rophé.

2.00pm
Bernstein
Hashkiveinu, for solo cantor (tenor), mixed chorus, and organ
Missa Brevis, for chorus, countertenor solo and incidental percussion
Simchu Na, for chorus and piano
Soldier's Song from The Lark, for chorus and percussion
Chichester Psalms (chamber version)
BBC Singers
Ragnar Bohlin (conductor)

2.55pm
Judith Weir: Heroic Strokes of the Bow
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3.15pm
D'Indy: Istar, Op 42
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Pascal Rophé (conductor).

Wednesday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra20180214

Kate Molleson presents a performance of Falla's El amor brujo, for which the BBC Symphony Orchestra was joined by the flamenco singer Maria Toledo. Plus the BBC Singers perform some recent choral compositions including works by Errollyn Wallen and Yumi Hara.

2pm
Falla: El amor brujo
Maria Toledo (Flamenco singer)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Josep Pons (conductor)

c.2.40pm
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian: Ser (Love)
Ella Jarman-Pinto: Heigh-ho, the Holly!
Errollyn Wallen: PACE
James Wilson: Lullaby
James Wilson-Rhead: Sonnet 102
Philip Herbert: Sometimes I feel like a motherless Chil'
Sara Mitra: The Body Windows
Shirley Thompson: Random Sequences
Yumi Hara: Fortean Songs
BBC Singers
Wesley John (flute)
James Morgan (conductor).

Wednesday - European Concert Showcase20171129

The Czech Philharmonic play Strauss at the 2017 Prague Spring International Music Festival

Tom McKinney presents a selection of the finest concerts from across Europe this week, celebrating 50 years of the European Broadcasting Union's music exchange - a free swapping service between European broadcasters. Today's focus is on the Czech Philharmonic in concert at the 2017 Prague Spring International Music Festival, including Strauss's Symphonia Domestica.

2pm:
Arvo Pärt: Swan Song
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor, Op 40
Strauss: Symphonia Domestica, Op 53
Lukas Vondracek (piano)
Czech Philharmonic
conductor Kristjan Järvi.

Wednesday - NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra20180404

Penny Gore introduces more recordings featuring the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Wednesday - Radio France Philharmonic20171004

The Radio France Philharmonic in Haydn's 'Drumroll' Symphony No 103.

Penny Gore presents the Radio France Philharmonic in a series of concerts and recordings. Today's 2pm concert features the orchestra with conductor Roger Norrington. Haydn Symphony No.103 caused great surprise with its unorthodox drumroll start, and today's Mozart piano concerto, No.23 in A, K.488, is performed by Japanese pianist Momo Kodama, who studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Plus the Radio France choir perform rare French choral music by Daniel-Lesur and Florent Schmitt.

2pm
Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E flat, Hob. I/103 'Drumroll'
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
Momo Kodama (piano)
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington (conductor).

Wednesday - The Bbc Philharmonic Live From Mediacityuk Salford20180207

Tom Redmond presents the BBC Philharmonic live from their home at MediaCityUK Salford.

Tom Redmond presents the BBC Philharmonic LIVE from their home at MediaCityUK Salford. John Storgards conducts the orchestra in a programme of music by the modernist American composer George Antheil, including his 3rd Symphony, the American.

2pm
Antheil: Hot-Time Dance; Archipelago; Spectre of the Rose - waltz; Symphony No 3 (American)
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards (conductor).

Wednesday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180307

Jonathan Swain introduces a concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Jonathan Swain introduces a concert of music from Hungary given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

2pm
Kodály: Summer evening
Bartók: Violin Concerto No 1
Bartók: Rhapsody No 2 (arr. for violin & orchestra)
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Today's afternoon concert was recorded in Glasgow last month, and featured works by two titans of Hungarian music: Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. The Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen brings a countryman's understanding to Bartók's First Violin Concerto, with its powerful and plaintive melodies. There's also a chance to hear the orchestral arrangement of Bartók's Second Rhapsody (originally for violin and piano), and music from the score to his controversial ballet The Miraculous Mandarin.

Jonathan Swain introduces a concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Jonathan Swain introduces a concert of music from Hungary given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

2pm
Kodály: Summer evening
Bartók: Violin Concerto No 1
Bartók: Rhapsody No 2 (arr. for violin and orchestra)
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Today's afternoon concert was recorded in Glasgow last month, and featured works by two titans of Hungarian music: Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. The Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen brings a countryman's understanding to Bartók's First Violin Concerto, with its powerful and plaintive melodies. There's also a chance to hear the orchestral arrangement of Bartók's Second Rhapsody (originally for violin and piano), and music from the score to his controversial ballet The Miraculous Mandarin.

Wednesday - The Best Of 2017 - Bbc Philharmonic20171227

The Best of 2017 from the BBC performing groups. Featuring the BBC Philharmonic.

Jonathan Swain continues the Best of 2017 from the BBC performing groups. Today features a concert the BBC Philharmonic gave on tour in Santander. Juan Floristan joins the orchestra for Rachmaninov's ever-popular Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, and the orchestra take centre stage in Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

2pm
Beethoven: Egmont - incidental music, Op 84: Overture
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43, for piano and orchestra
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op 14
Juan Floristan (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

Wednesday - The Ulster Orchestra20180321

Penny Gore showcases the Ulster Orchestra performing Dukas, Debussy and Ravel's La valse.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme includes descriptive works by Dukas and Debussy and concludes with Ravel's dazzling evocation of gliding dancers, warped and transmuted into something rather more sinister in his La valse.

2pm
Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Dutilleux - Tout un monde lointain
Debussy - La mer
Ravel - La valse
Alisa Weilerstein (cello)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor).

Wednesday - The Ulster Orchestra Live With Music By Mendelssohn And Liszt20171213

Live from Ulster Hall, Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra with music by Mendelssohn and Liszt.

Afternoon Concert continues its week of live performances from the BBC performing groups. Today live from the Ulster Hall, Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Olari Elts, with Mendelssohn's Overture to Camacho's Wedding, followed by two pieces by Liszt. First, his tone poem Totentanz, with pianist Lauma Skride as soloist, and then The Black Gondola, in a version orchestrated by John Adams. The concert ends again with Mendelssohn and his Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream.

2.00pmPresented by John Toal LIVE from Ulster Hall, Belfast
Mendelssohn: Overture to Camacho's Wedding
Liszt: Totentanz - tone poem
Liszt (orch. John Adams): The Black Gondola
Mendelssohn: Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61

Lauma Skride (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Olari Elts (conductor).

Wednesday - Ulster Orchestra20171101

Recent rcordings from Ulster Orchestra include Tubin's Double Bass Concerto.

Tom McKinney showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings. Today's programme continues Afternoon Concert's celebration of the descriptive power of Tone Poems, including works by Mahler and Strauss, as well as performance of Tubin's Double Bass Concerto.

2pm
Mahler: Totenfeier
Tubin: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op.24
Gunars Upatnieks (double bass)
Ulster Orchestra
Olari Elts (conductor).