Afternoon Concert

A selection of live and specially recorded music, with top chamber recitals and operas.

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.

20180514

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in concert in Perth performs Smetana, Chopin and Dvorak.

Penny Gore presents a week of performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, beginning today with a concert the orchestra gave in Perth Concert Hall. We open with two of the poems from Smetana's mighty and evocative Ma vlast (My country); firstly Vltava, the composer's musical portrait of the river running through Prague, followed by Šarka, the tale of a warrior maiden burning for revenge. David Kadouch is the soloist in Chopin's 2nd piano concerto and the concert ends with Dvorak's 4th symphony in which we can hear his distinctive compositional style really coming into its own. Plus highlights from the orchestra's recent European tour with violinist Nikolaj Znaider.

2pm
Smetana: Ma vlast [My country] - Vltava and Sarka
Chopin: Piano concerto no. 2 in F minor Op.21
Dvorak: Symphony no. 4 in D minor Op.13
David Kadouch (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

c.3.40pm
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Op.33a
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major Op.77
Nikolaj Znaider (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor).

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.

A Week In Sweden20180521

Georgia Mann presents concerts from Sweden: music by Berwald, Schumann, Strauss and Mahler

Georgia Mann launches a week of concerts from Sweden. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and their British Music Director Daniel Harding scale the heights in mountain-inspired music by Berwald, Schumann and Strauss; and Susanna Malkki conducts Mahler in Gothenburg.

Franz Berwald: Reminiscences of the Norwegian Mountains
Robert Schumann: Manfred, Op 115 (highlights)
Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Daniel Harding

c. 3.50pm
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major
Camilla Tilling (soprano)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Susanna Mälkki

Coming up later in the week:
- Tuesday's programme is entirely conducted or composed by women and features Handel's oratorio The Triumph of Time and Disillusion conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and starring Sandrine Piau.
- Opera Matinee on Thursday is a controversial production of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov from Gothenburg Opera with British bass Clive Bayley in the title role.
- On Friday Daniel Harding conducts his Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in an enormous Mahlerian Symphony by probably the most controversial composer ever to be born in Sweden, Allan Pettersson.

A Week In Sweden20180522

Georgia Mann presents music from Sweden conducted and composed by women.

Georgia Mann continues her week of concerts from Sweden with a programme entirely conducted or composed by women. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel's oratorio The Triumph of Time and Disillusion starring Sandrine Piau, Dalia Stasevska conducts Vaughan Williams and there's music by Swedish composer Britta Byström inspired by the paintings of Paul Klee.

Handel: Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (The Triumph of Time and Disillusion), HWV 46a
Bellezza (Beauty)... Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Piacere (Pleasure)... Inga Kalna (soprano)
Disinganno (Disillusionment)... Romina Basso (contralto)
Tempo (Time)... Michael Spyres (tenor)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Emmanuelle Haïm

c. 4pm
Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto in A minor
Emmanuel Laville (oboe)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Dalia Stasevska

c. 4.30pm
Britta Byström: Segelnde Stadt
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.

A Week In Sweden20180523

Georgia Mann presents the Swedish Radio SO in music by Haydn, Schnittke and Shostakovich.

Georgia Mann continues this week of music from Sweden with a varied concert by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Omer Meir Wellber: symphonies by Haydn and Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke's ironic tribute to Mozart and Haydn, and music from 75-year-old Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström.

Haydn: Symphony No 49 in F minor (La Passione)
Sven-David Sandström: Five Pieces for Piano and Orchestra
with Peter Friis Johansson (piano)
Schnittke: Moz-art à la Haydn
Shostakovich: Symphony No 9 in E flat, Op 70
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Omer Meir Wellber.

A Week In Sweden20180524

Georgia Mann presents Opera Matinee: Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov from Gothenburg Opera.

Georgia Mann presents Opera Matinee: a controversial production of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov from Gothenburg Opera, with British bass Clive Bayley in the title role.

Plus more highlights from recent concerts by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (original 1869 version)
Boris Godunov... Clive Bayley (bass)
Fyodor, Boris's son... Solgerd Isalv (mezzo-soprano)
Kseniya, Boris's daughter... Anna Johansson (soprano)
Kseniya's nurse... Mari Lindbäck (contralto)
Prince Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuysky... Tomas Lind (tenor)
Andrey Shchelkalov... Mats Persson (baritone)
Pimen... Mats Almgren (bass)
Grigory, the Pretender... Joachim Bäckström (tenor) Varlaam, a vagabond... Johan Schinkler (bass)
Innkeeper... Matilda Paulsson (mezzo-soprano)
Misail, a vagabond / Yuródivïy (Holy Fool)...
Conny Thimander (tenor) Nikitich... Jonas Landström (bass)
Mitiyukha... Tomas Jönsson (bass)
Gothenburg Children's Choir
Gothenburg Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Leo Hussain

c. 4.05pm
Strauss: Don Juan
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Ariane Matiakh

Aulis Sallinen: The Nocturnal Dances of Don Juanquixote, Op 58
with Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

A Week In Sweden20180525

Georgia Mann presents music from Sweden and previews BBC Music's Biggest Weekend in Perth.

Georgia Mann ends her week in Sweden with two complete concerts by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra featuring two cello concertos and music by native composers, including an enormous Symphony by one of the most controversial of all Swedish composers, Allan Pettersson.

And between those two concerts, at around half past three, there's the chance to eavesdrop on the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra performing in Perth at BBC Music's Biggest Weekend.

Franz Berwald: Overture to 'Estrella de Soria'
Kurt Atterberg: Cello Concerto in C minor, Op 21
with Jakob Koranyi (cello)
Antonín Dvorák: Symphony No 6 in D major, Op 60
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Jaime Martin

c. 3.30pm
Music from the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra recorded earlier this afternoon in Perth at BBC Music's Biggest Weekend

c. 3.40pm
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129
with Maximilian Hornung (cello)
Allan Pettersson: Symphony No 7
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Daniel Harding.

Afternoon Concert With Georgia Mann20181022

Georgia Mann with music by Brumel, Poulenc, Walton and Mozart.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert With Georgia Mann20181023

Features a performance of Sibelius's rousing and patriotic tone poem Finlandia.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert With Georgia Mann20181024

Music from Estonia with the BBC Symphony Orchestra including Eduard Tubin's Symphony No 7.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Music from Estonia with the BBC SO including Eduard Tubin's Symphony No.7

Afternoon Concert With Georgia Mann20181026

Features Ravel's luscious song cycle Sheherazade with soprano Fatma Said.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert With Penny Gore Featuring The Rai National Symphony Orchestra Performing Rossini's The Siege Of Corinth20180705

Rossini's Le si\u00e8ge de Corinthe (Siege of Corinth) from Pesaro. Introduced by Penny Gore.

Today's Opera Matinee is a rare opportunity to hear Rossini's first French opera, Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth). It was a reworking of his earlier opera for Naples, Maometto II. The basic situations and relationships between the characters are maintained from the earlier opera.

After the siege and destruction of Missolonghi in 1826 by Turkish troops during the Greek War of Independence, Rossini was able to capitalize on the topicality of his subject by moving the story back a few decades to the time when Sultan Mehmed II had indeed besieged the Greek city of Corinth in the 1450s.

Penny Gore introduces a recording made at last year's Rossini Festival in Pesaro starring the soprano Nino Machaidze and the bass Luca Pisaroni conducted by Roberto Abbado.

Rossini: Le siège de Corinthe

Pamira....Nino Machaidze (soprano)
Mahomet II....Luca Pisaroni (bass)
Néoclès....Sergey Romanovsky (tenor)
Cléomène....John Irvin (tenor)
Adraste....Xabier Anduaga (tenor)
Hiéros....Carlo Cigni (bass)
Ismène....Cecilia Molinari (mezzo-soprano)
Omar....Iurii Samoilov (tenor)
Ventidio Basso Theatre Chorus
Giovanni Farina (director)
RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Roberto Abbado (conductor)

2.00pm
Act 1

3.00pm
Act 2

4.05pm
Act 3.

An All-bernstein Concert With The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra20180326

of Amsterdam.

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.

Bach20171218

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra perform works by Telemann and Bach with Philippe Jaroussky.

Penny Gore presents works by Telemann and Bach performed by Philippe Jaroussky and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

2.00 pm
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture: St Matthew Passion, TWV 5:53.
Cantata: Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus, TWV 1:364
Overture: Der für die Sünden der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus, TWV 5:1
Cantata: Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen, TWV 1:983

J.S. Bach
Sinfonia: 'Gleich wie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt', BWV 18
Sinfonia: 'Der Herr denket an uns', BWV 196
Sinfonia: 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis' BWV 21
Cantata: Ich habe genug, BWV 82
Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Petra Müllejans, director

3.25 pm
J.S. Bach
Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083
Ania Vegry, soprano
Hilke Andersen, contralto
Hanover Girls' Chorus
NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
David Stein, conductor

4.00 pm
J.S. Bach
Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Luisi, conductor.

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 Concert Orchestra20181112

The UK premiere of Dobrinka Tabakova\u2019s double piano concerto, plus Poulenc and Fazil Say.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc Concert Orchestra20181113

Celebrating the 80th birthday of the composer David Bedford with the BBC Concert Orchestra

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc Concert Orchestra20181114

Orchestral family favourites from Britten to Saint-Saens, Debussy and Chaminade.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc National Chorus And Orchestra Of Wales - Friday20180706

Penny Gore with choral works by James MacMillan from the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

Penny Gore introduces choral works by James MacMillan performed by the BBC National Chorus of Wales conducted by Adrian Partington. And the programme ends with Bartok, Shostakovich and Sibelius from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

2.00pm
James MacMillan:
Benedicimus Deum caeli
Lux aeterna
Te Deum (soloists: Linda Walsh, Emma Nelson, Lily Taylor, Verity-Belle Atkinson, Camille Chappuis)
Seven Angels
Llio Evans (soprano)
Matthew Farrell (countertenor)
Huw Llywelyn (tenor)
James Geidt (bass)
Sarah Hatch (percussion)
Lucy Wakeford (harp)
Robyn Grayling (cello)
Simon Bell (organ)
Adrian Partington (conductor)

3.05pm
Bartok: Divertimento for string orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

3.31pm
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op.107
Andrei Ionita (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Rebecca Miller (conductor)

4.00pm
Joseph Jongen: Symphonie concertante, Op.81
Thomas Trotter (organ)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

4.44pm
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op.22
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Monday20180702

Penny Gore introduces the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

Penny Gore launches a week of performances from The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with a concert from Aldeburgh in which Mark Wigglesworth conducts an ever-popular symphony, a violin concerto that deserves to be better known and two works by the Liverpudlian composer Emily Howard.

2.00pm
Emily Howard: Magnetite
Britten: Violin Concerto, Op. 15
Emily Howard: Sphere
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 (From the New World)
Vilde Frang (violin)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

3.40pm
Sibelius: King Kristian II Suite, Op. 27
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (Conductor)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 30
Alexander Ghindin (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jonathan Berman (conductor)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1 Op. 64a
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Penny Gore launches a week of performances from The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with a concert from Aldeburgh in which Mark Wigglesworth conducts an ever-popular symphony, a violin concerto that deserves to be better known and two works by the Liverpudlian composer Emily Howard.

2.00pm
Emily Howard: Magnetite for orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

2.15pm
Britten: Violin Concerto, op. 15
Vilde Frang (violin)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

2.47pm
Emily Howard: Sphere
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

2.57pm
Dvorak: Symphony no. 9 in E minor Op.95 (From the New World)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

3.40pm
Sibelius: King Kristian II: Suite, Op.27
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (Conductor)

4.01pm
Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Concerto in C# minor, op. 30
Alexander Ghindin (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jonathan Berman (conductor)

4.14pm
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - suite no. 1 Op.64a
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (Conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Tuesday20180703

Penny Gore introduces the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thomas Sondergard.

Penny Gore continues a week of performances from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with a concert from Brangwyn Hall in which Thomas Sondergard conducts the powerful 1st Symphony by Brahms and is joined by soloist Stephen Hough for the 1st Piano Concerto by Mendelssohn.

2.00pm
Dvorak: The Golden Spinning-Wheel Op. 109
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 25
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68
Stephen Hough (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

3.35pm
Gundmumsen-Homgreen: Tricolore IV
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jonathan Berman (conductor)

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor D.759 (Unfinished)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales - Wednesday20180704

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales play Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Sibelius.

In today's concert, from St Davids Cathedral, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Penny Gore introduces works by Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Sibelius conducted by Nicholas Carter.

2.00pm
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85
Sibelius: Valse triste, Op 44 no 1
Sibelius: Symphony No 3 in E minor, Op 52
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Nicholas Carter (conductor)

3.15pm
Sibelius: The Oceanides, Op 73
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

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).

Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford20180919

John Storgards conducts the BBC Philharmonic in music by Silvestrov and Weir

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

BBC Philharmonic Chief Guest Conductor John Storgårds returns to Salford for a live broadcast of music by Valentin Silvestrov and Judith Weir

After this, John Wilson conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the four "Sea Interludes" Benjamin Britten extracted from his opera Peter Grimes

2.00pm
Valentin Silvestrov: Symphony no. 5
Judith Weir: I Give You The End Of A Golden String
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgårds, conductor

1510
Britten: Four Sea interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor

Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford20180926

BBC Philharmonic and Jiri Rozen live in Dvorak, Mahler and Martinu

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Live from Salford's MediaCityUK, Conductor Jiri Rozen and the BBC Philharmonic perform Martinu's final symphony, his 'Fantaisies symphoniques', and one of Dvorak’s most popular orchestral works, his Serenade for Strings. They are joined by Ashley Riches for Mahler’s youthful song cycle, the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer).

After this, Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Knight in Armour, the early tone poem of Ruth Gipps which was premiered at the Last Night of the Proms in 1942.

2.00pm
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op 48
Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer
Martinu: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No 6), H 343

Ashley Riches (baritone)
BBC Philharmonic
Jiri Rozen (conductor)

Continues:

c.1520
Gipps: Knight in Armour, Op 8

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Rumon Gamba (conductor)

Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford20181106

The BBC Philharmonic and Douglas Boyd, live from Salford, perform Britten and Mozart.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc Philharmonic: Music By George Antheil Live From Salford20180530

The BBC Philharmonic celebrates the self-styled 'bad boy of music', George Antheil.

Stuart Flinders presents a live invitation concert in which the BBC Philharmonic and chief guest conductor, John Storgårds, celebrate the self-styled "bad boy of music", George Antheil. Antheil's 'mechanistic' works made him the rage of the 1920s Parisian artistic community and 'bad boy' of the music scene

Antheil's First Symphony, "Zingaresca", dates from his early twenties. In 1922 Antheil announced that jazz was "one of the greatest artistic landmarks of modern art" and this symphony is a prime example of the way in which he incorporated the sounds and styles of jazz into classical music

Commissioned in 1952 to write music for a ballet based on a Hemingway short story, Antheil flavours his Capital of the World suite with American, Russian and Spanish influences

George Antheil:
Capital of the World suite
Symphony no. 1 "Zingaresca"

BBC Philharmonic
John Storgårds, conductor.

Andrew McGregor presents a live invitation concert in which the BBC Philharmonic and chief guest conductor, John Storgårds, celebrate the self-styled "bad boy of music", George Antheil. Antheil's 'mechanistic' works made him the rage of the 1920s Parisian artistic community and 'bad boy' of the music scene

Antheil's First Symphony, "Zingaresca", dates from his early twenties. In 1922 Antheil announced that jazz was "one of the greatest artistic landmarks of modern art" and this symphony is a prime example of the way in which he incorporated the sounds and styles of jazz into classical music

Commissioned in 1952 to write music for a ballet based on a Hemingway short story, Antheil flavours his Capital of the World suite with American, Russian and Spanish influences

George Antheil:
Capital of the World suite
Symphony no. 1 "Zingaresca"

BBC Philharmonic
John Storgårds, conductor.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180917

Penny Gore with music by Elgar, Dvorak, Copland and Bernstein

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore introduces music by Elgar, Dvorak, Copland and, in his centenary year, Leonard Bernstein

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's "Enigma" Variations, while cellist and former BBC New Generation Artist Nicolas Altstaedt joins them for concertos by Elgar and Dvorak

2.00pm
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85; "Enigma" Variations, Op.36
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

3.20pm
Macmillan: Stomp (with Fate and Elvira)
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

4.00pm
Copland: Quiet City
Britten: Sinfonia da requiem, Op.20
Bernstein: Halil
Mark O'Keeffe, trumpet
James Horan, cor anglais
Charlotte Ashton, flute
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180918

Penny Gore introduces Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and music by Richard Rodney Bennett

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore introduces Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, as well as music by Mozart and Richard Rodney Bennett

Martyn Brabbins conducts Elgar's searing oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, to words by Cardinal Newman, recorded in Rotterdam during the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's European tour earlier this year

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples, tenor
David Soar, bass
Rotterdam Symphony Chorus
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

1540
Bennett: Concerto for Stan Getz; Symphony no. 2
Howard McGill, saxophone
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor

1620
Mozart: Symphony no.41 in C, K.551 "Jupiter"
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Laura Samuel, director

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180921

Penny Gore introduces music by Haydn, Bruckner, Britten, Mozart and Richard Rodney Bennett

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore introduces music by Bruckner, Britten, Mozart and Richard Rodney Bennett in performances recorded by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Former BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura van der Heijden joins the orchestra for Haydn's sunny Cello Concerto in C, written in the 1760s: it was presumed lost for two hundred years until it was discovered in a museum in Prague

2.00pm
Haydn: Cello Concerto no.1 in C, Hob.7b.1
Bruckner: Symphony no.7 in E
Laura van der Heijden, cello
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Karl-Heinz Steffens, conductor

1520
Bennett: Serenade for orchestra; Partita for orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor

1550
Bridge orch. Hindmarsh: Three Idylls
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18
Mozart: Serenade in G, K.525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
Claire Booth, soprano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Laura Samuel, director

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20181105

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with music by Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein and Tippett

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20181107

Much-loved works by Sibelius and Nielsen performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20181109

Dohnanyi, Kodaly and Borodin performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc Singers20180502

Penny Gore presents the BBC Singers in a concert featuring the poetry of George Herbert.

Penny Gore presents a BBC Singers concert from St Paul's, Knightsbridge featuring settings of the poetry of George Herbert.

Benjamin Britten: Antiphon
William Harris: Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
Herbert Howells: Sweetest of sweets; Antiphon ('Let all the world in every corner sing')
Ola Gjeilo: Contrition
Mary Plumstead: A Grateful Heart
Ben Parry: Heaven
John Tavener: Love Bade Me Welcome
Judith Weir: Vertue
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Andrew Rupp (baritone)
Choral Scholars of Royal Holloway University of London
BBC Singers
Conductor Rupert Gough
Stephen Farr (organ and piano).

Bbc Singers - Live20181116

Live from St Paul's Knightsbridge with organists-composers Wayne Marshall and Naji Hakim

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Bbc Symphony Orchestra20180430

Penny Gore presents the BBC SO playing Brahms, Britten and Tchaikovsky on tour in Japan.

Penny Gore launches a week of concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, including the Symphony Orchestra on tour in Japan and Switzerland with their Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. Today they're at Symphony Hall in Kawasaki.

Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia (Peter Grimes)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
3pm - Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor
Alina Pogostkina (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sakari Oramo

3.50pm
Suk: Serenade for strings
BBC Symphony Orchestra strings
Conductor Gergely Madaras.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra20180501

Penny Gore presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninov and Mahler on tour in Japan.

Penny Gore presents the second of a week of concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, including the Symphony Orchestra on tour in Japan and Switzerland with Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. Today they're at Tokyo's famous Suntory Hall.

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor
2.35pm - Mahler: Symphony No 5
Yu Kosoge (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sakari Oramo

3.50pm
Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher - concerto for viola and small orchestra
Eivind Holtsmark-Ringstad (viola)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Douglas Boyd.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra20180504

Penny Gore presents the BBC SO in Anna Clyne, Britten and Beethoven on tour in Switzerland

Penny Gore ends her week featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra with a concert from their recent trip to Switzerland with Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. The venue is Geneva's beautiful Victoria Hall - and yes, it is named after the English Queen Victoria...

Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour
Britten: Violin Concerto
2.45pm - Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F major (Pastoral)
Vilde Frang (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sakari Oramo

3.30pm
Richard Strauss: Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments, Op 4
BBC Symphony Orchestra winds
Conductor Douglas Boyd

3.55pm
Florent Schmitt: Symphony No 2
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sakari Oramo.

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.

Celebrating Last Year's Verbier Festival In Switzerland20180507

Jonathan Swain presents music by Mozart, Mahler and Bizet.

This week's programmes celebrate last year's Verbier Festival and other prestigious Swiss music festivals

Today, Jonathan Swain presents a late piano concerto by Mozart and Mahler's death-obsessed ninth symphony, as well as sparkling French bonbons

2.00 pm
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C, K503
Mahler: Symphony No 9
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Sergei Babayan, piano
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor (Mozart)
Daniel Harding, conductor (Mahler)

4.00 pm
Bizet: Carmen, Prelude
Bizet: L'arlesienne, suites nos 1 and 2
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Kazuki Yamada, conductor.

Celebrating Last Year's Verbier Festival In Switzerland20180509

Jonathan Swain presents music by Copland, Lutoslawski and Prokofiev.

Jonathan Swain with music by Copland, Lutoslawski and Prokofiev, plus a rare concerto by flamboyant jazz virtuoso Artie Shaw

The Verbier Festival Orchestra is joined in today's programme by clarinet maestro Martin Frost in a concert of jazzy works by Copland, Lutoslawski and Shaw, as well as a carefully-chosen selection of extracts from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet

2.00 pm
Copland: El Salon Mexico
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes
Artie Shaw: Clarinet Concerto
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (extracts)
Martin Frost, clarinet
Verbier Festival Orchestra,
Joshua Weilerstein.

Celebrating Last Year's Verbier Festival In Switzerland20180511

Jonathan Swain with orchestral showstoppers by Tchaikovsky and rare baroque pieces.

Jonathan Swain presents two of Tchaikovsky's best-loved works, along with a fascinating selection of baroque arias and concertos

In today's programme, Jonathan pairs Tchaikovsky's violin concerto and fourth symphony with little-known Glazunov, which contrasts with a selection of baroque music by Vivaldi, Mancini and Hasse

2.00 pm
Glazunov: 'From the Middle Ages', Op 79 (Prelude)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op 35; Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36
Janine Jansen, violin
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

3.30 pm
Mancini: Sonata No 14 in G minor, for recorder, two violins, viola and continuo
Dieupart: Recorder Concerto in A minor
Opera arias by Fiore, Torri, Gasparini and Hasse
Nuria Rial, soprano
Maurice Steger, recorder
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Stefano Barneschi, conductor.

Celebrating Swiss Music Festivals20180508

Jonathan Swain introduces music by Bruckner and Catalani, as well as baroque opera arias.

Jonathan Swain introduces music by Bruckner, Catalani, Tartini, Chausson and a sequence of rare baroque opera arias recorded at last year's St. Gallen and Meirigen music festivals in Switzerland

Conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who died last year, created an orchestral masterpiece from one of Bruckner's lesser-known chamber works. In today's programme, it is paired with an even less well-known choral work by opera composer Alfredo Catalani, as well and chamber works by Lekeu, Turina and Chausson

2.00 pm
Bruckner orch. Skrowaczewski: Adagio (String Quintet)
Catalani: Mass in E minor
Elena Rossi, soprano
Alessandra Volpe, contralto
Derek Taylor, tenor
Levente Pall, bass
Feldkirch Chamber Chorus
Prague Philharmonic Chorus
St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra
Otto Tausk, conductor

2.55 pm
Tartini: Devil's Trill Sonata
Lekeu: Adagio, Op.3
Turina: Escena andaluza, Op.7
Chausson: Concert, Op.21
Ernen Festival Ensemble

4.25 pm
Opera arias by Albinoni, Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Vinci
Nuria Rial, soprano
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Stefano Barneschi, conductor.

Celebrating Swiss Music Festivals20180510

Jonathan Swain presents a Vespers service compiled from music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli.

Jonathan Swain presents a Vespers service compiled from music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli recorded at last year's Zurich Early Music Festival

Early music specialist Andrea Marcon leads the renowned La Cetra baroque orchestra and vocal ensemble. His selection includes Monteverdi's second Dixit Dominus a 8, his first Beatus vir a 6 and the first Magnificat a 8

Monteverdi and Gabrieli: Venetian Vespers
La Cetra
Andrea Marcon, director

3.40pm
Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor for two cellos, RV. 531
Dvorak: Waldesruh', Op. 68; Rondo, Op. 94
Schoeck: Cello Concerto, Op.61
Thomas and Patrick Demenga, cellos
Swiss Italian Radio Orchestra
Philippe Bach, conductor.

Celebrating The Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20180528

BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays Haydn, Mozart, John Joubert and Guto Puw.

Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in works by Haydn, Mozart, John Joubert and Guto Puw

Violinist Rachel Podger directs the orchestra in classical repertoire, followed by specially recorded performances including the world premiere of Guto Puw's 'Camouflage'

2.00pm
Haydn: Symphony no. 8 in G major H.1.8 (Le Soir)
Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 1 in B flat major K.207
Mozart: Adagio in E major K.261 for violin and orchestra
Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat major H.1.105
Rachel Podger (violin)
José Luis Vegara (oboe)
Alice Neary (cello)
Jaroslaw Augustyniak (bassoon)
BBC NOW
Rachel Podger (director)

3.30pm
Ittai Shapira: Sephardic Journeys (concerto for violin, cello and orchestra)
Ittai Shapira (violin)
Thomas Carroll (cello)
BBC NOW
Rumon Gamba (conductor)

4.00pm
John Joubert: Symphony No. 3 on themes from the opera "Jane Eyre" Op.178
BBC NOW
William Boughton (conductor)

4.35pm
Guto Puw: Camouflage [world premiere]
BBC NOW
Jac van Steen (conductor).

Celebrating The Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20180529

BBC National Orchestra of Wales in works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Hoddinott.

Penny Gore with works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Hoddinott played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard leads the orchestra in Scandinavian works both well and less-well known, followed by new and recent works by exciting composers from Wales and further afield

2.00pm
Sibelius: King Kristian II: Suite
Nielsen: Flute Concerto
Sibelius: Finlandia
Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E-flat major
Matthew Featherstone (flute)
BBC NOW
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

3.30pm
Hoddinott: Variants for Orchestra op. 47
BBC NOW
Jac van Steen (conductor)

3.55pm
Mark Bowden: Three interludes [world premiere]
BBC NOW
B Tommy Andersson (conductor)

4.05pm
Ittai Shapira: Midnight's Children (for clarinet, violin and orchestra)
Ittai Shapira (violin)
Robert Plane (clarinet)
BBC NOW
Rumon Gamba (conductor)

4.30pm
Mared Emlyn: Porthor (whistling Sands)
Ian Lawson: High Aldons
BBC NOW
B Tommy Andersson (conductor).

Celebrating The Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20180601

BBC National Orchestra of Wales in works by Strauss, Brahms and B Tommy Andersson.

Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in works by Strauss, Brahms and B Tommy Andersson

Polish soprano Aga Mikolaj joins the orchestra for Richard Strauss's ravishing Four Last Songs, and there are new and recent works by Simon Holt, John Joubert and B Tommy Andersson

2.00pm
Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro K.492
Richard Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder, Av. 150
Brahms: Symphony no. 4 in E minor Op.98
Aga Mikolaj (soprano)
BBC NOW
Otto Tausk (conductor)

3.10pm
Simon Holt: St Vitus in the Kettle
BBC NOW
B Tommy Andersson (conductor)

3.20pm
B Tommy Andersson Violin Concerto (Homage to Michelangelo)
Chloe Hanslip (violin)
BBC NOW
B Tommy Andersson (conductor)

3.45pm
Messiaen Le Tombeau resplendissant
BBC NOW
B Tommy Andersson (conductor)

4.00pm
John Joubert: Piano Concerto Op. 25
Martin Jones (piano)
BBC NOW
William Boughton (conductor)

4.30pm
Sarah Lianne Lewis: Is there no seeker of dreams
BBC NOW
Jac van Steen (conductor)

4.40pm
Luciano Williamson: Electric Bagatelle
BBC NOW
B Tommy Andersson (conductor).

Eurovision Young Musicians Final20180824

The final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 from the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Petroc Trelawny and Josie d'Arby present coverage of the final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, as six youthful soloists vie for the title. Each finalist performs a concerto movement with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard, and the winner is chosen by a jury of eminent musicians including Sir James MacMillan and Marin Alsop.

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

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.

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).

Friday - Bbc Philharmonic20180629

Tom McKinney concludes a week of performances from the BBC Philharmonic.

Tom McKinney concludes a week of performances from the orchestra, including Korngold's Violin Concerto with soloist Andrew Haveron, and Vaughan Williams' fifth symphony.

2pm:
Copland - Suite, Appalachian Spring
Korngold - Violin Concerto in D major Op 35
Vaughan Williams - Symphony no 5 in D major
Andrew Haveron (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.3.30pm:
Copland - Connotations
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.3.50pm:
Dvorák - Slavonic Rhapsody in G minor Op 45 no 2
BBC Philharmonic
Frederic Chaslin (conductor)

c.4.05pm:
Arriaga - Overture in D
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

c.4.15pm:
Carmen (selection from the suites)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.4.45pm:
Roussel - Pour une Fête de printemps
BBC Philharmonic
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).

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 Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180427

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Bartok.

Georgia Mann concludes her week of performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Today's programme begins with a concert which combined Bartok's folk influenced music with contributions from folk musicians, singer Nóri Kovács and Parapács. This was followed by Bartok's Music for strings, percussion and celesta. Plus more from two new recordings which have been featured across the week.

2pm
Bartok Romanian folk dances Sz.68, orch. from Sz.56 [orig. for piano] (including Hungarian folk music mixed in)
Bartok 15 Hungarian Peasant songs, Sz.71 (including Hungarian folk music mixed in)
Bartok Hungarian sketches Sz.97 for orchestra [from own piano works]
13'08 (including Hungarian folk music mixed in)
Bartok Transylvanian Dances, Sz.96 (including Hungarian folk music mixed in)
Bartok Music for strings, percussion and celesta Sz.106
Nóri Kovács (singer)
Parapács
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

c.3.30pm
Rheinberger Concerto in A flat major Op.94 for piano and orchestra
Simon Callaghan (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ben Gernon (conductor)

Corea Children's songs, arr. saxophone and Orchestra [orig. for piano]
Tommy Smith (saxophone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Clark Rundell (conductor).

Friday - Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180518

Penny Gore presents the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart Bridge and Britten

Penny Gore presents the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, directed from the violin by their Leader Laura Samuel, in music by Mozart, Bridge and Benjamin Britten. Plus Beethoven's rousing Eroica symphony to round off the week.

2pm
Mozart: Serenade in G major K.525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)
Britten: Les Illuminations Op.18 for voice and string orchestra
Bridge: 3 Idylls for string quartet, arr Hindmarsh for strings
Mozart: Symphony no. 41 in C major K.551 (Jupiter)
Laura Samuel (violin and director)
Claire Booth (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

c.4.05pm
Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 in E flat major Op.55 (Eroica)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (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.

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.

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).

Friday: Mendelssohn And Shostakovich20180914

The Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mendelssohn and Shostakovich

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond brings to an end a week of concerts recorded in Belgium. Today's concert features the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christian Arming performing Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13.

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jodie Devos, soprano
Lore Binon, soprano
Czech Philharmonic Chorus, Brno
Women's voices
Petr Fiala, director
Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Arming, conductor
Recorded in the Philharmonic Hall, Liège

c.3.45pm:
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op 113 ('Babi Yar')
Alexander Vinogradov, bass
Men's voices of the Czech Philharmonic Chorus, Brno
Petr Fiala, director
Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Arming, conductor
Recorded in the Philharmonic Hall, Liège

International Women's Day20180308

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

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.

Into The Forest20181015

season with music by Sibelius, Leifs, Hillborg and Beethoven.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Into The Forest20181016

This journey Into the Forest starts and ends with Schoenberg, with Stravinsky and Schreker

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Into The Forest20181017

Weir's Forest with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra with music by Grieg

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Into The Forest20181019

BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays music by Dvorak. Part of the Into the Forest season.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Lucerne Festival 2017: Bernard Haitink Conducts The Chamber Orchestra Of Europe20180117

Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the 2017 Lucerne Festival.

Tom McKinney presents a concert of music by Mozart and Mahler with Bernard Haitink conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the 2017 Lucerne Festival.

2pm
Mozart: Symphony No 36 in C major, K 425 (Linz)
Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)
Christian Gerhaher (baritone)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conductor Bernard Haitink.

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.

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 Philharmonic Live From Mediacityuk20180625

Tom McKinney introduces a live concert from the BBC Philharmonic's home in Salford.

Tom McKinney introduces a live concert from the orchestra's home in Salford, including Rachmaninov's second symphony. This week there is also a focus on music by Aaron Copland, with John Wilson conducting the orchestra.

2pm:
Copland - Old American Songs, Set 2
Rachmaninov - Symphony no 2 in E minor Op 27
Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.3.15pm:
Robert Farnon - Lake of the Woods
Edward German - Nocturne from Romeo and Juliet, incidental music
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.3.30pm:
Copland - Symphony no 3
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.4.10pm:
Stravinsky - Fireworks
BBC Philharmonic
Ludovic Morlot (conductor)

c.4.15pm:
Arthur Sullivan - The Yeomen of the Guard, Overture
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.4.20pm:
Roussel - Suite in F
BBC Philharmonic
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

c.4.35pm:
Copland - Dance Symphony
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (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.

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.

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).

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).

Monday: Handel's Samson20180910

Tom Redmond presents Handel\u2019s Samson, recorded at Les Wallonies Festival in Namur, Belgium

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond launches a week of concerts recorded in Belgium, with a performance of Handel's intensely dramatic oratorio Samson, based on Milton's tragic poem on the Biblical story of Samson which he wrote in 1741, just after he completed Messiah. Today's concert was recorded at the Baroque church of Saint-Loup in Belgium as part of Les Wallonies Festival, with the rising-star Argentinian conductor Leonardo García Alarcón.

George Frideric Handel: Samson
Matthew Newlin, Samson, tenor
Catherine Watson, Dalila, soprano
Lawrence Zazzo, Micah, countertenor
Luigi di Donato, Manoa, bass
Guilhem Worms, Harapha, bass
Namur Chamber Choir
Millenium Orchestra
Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor

c. 4.30 pm

Felix Mendelssohn: Die Schone Melusine - overture Op.32
Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Arming, conductor
Recorded in Philharmonic Hall, Liège

Tom Redmond launches a week of concerts recorded in Belgium, with a performance of Handel's oratorio Samson which he wrote in 1741, just after he completed Messiah. Today's concert was recorded at the Baroque church of Saint-Loup in Belgium as part of Les Wallonies Festival.

George Frideric Handel: Samson
Matthew Newlin, Samson, tenor
Catherine Watson, Dalila, soprano
Lawrence Zazzo, Micah, countertenor
Luigi di Donato, Manoa, bass
Guilhem Worms, Harapha, bass
Namur Chamber Choir
Millenium Orchestra
Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor

c. 4.30 pm

Felix Mendelssohn: Die Schone Melusine - overture Op.32
Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Arming, conductor
Recorded in Philharmonic Hall, Liège

Tom Redmond launches a week of concerts recorded in Belgium, with a performance of Handel's oratorio Samson which he wrote in 1741, just after he completed Messiah. Today's concert was recorded at the Baroque church of Saint-Loup in Belgium as part of Les Wallonies Festival.

George Frideric Handel: Samson
Matthew Newlin, Samson, tenor
Catherine Watson, Dalila, soprano
Lawrence Zazzo, Micah, countertenor
Luigi di Donato, Manoa, bass
Guilhem Worms, Harapha, bass
Namur Chamber Choir
Millenium Orchestra
Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor

c. 4.30 pm

Felix Mendelssohn: Die Schone Melusine - overture Op.32
Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Arming, conductor
Recorded in Philharmonic Hall, Liège

Mondaybbc Philharmonic Live From Mediacityuk20180625
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 Matin\u00e9e With Georgia Mann20181025

Dantons Tod (Danton's Death), an opera by Gottfried von Einem first performed in 1947.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Opera Matin\u00e9e: Bellini's Norma20181018

Into the Forest: Bellini's Norma from La Fenice with Mariella Devia in the title role

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Opera Matinee - A Week In Berlin20181011

A performance of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas, music by Strauss, Weinberg and Sibelius

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

A performance of Strauss, Weinberg, Sibelius and Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas.

Penny Gore introduces a performance of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas coupled in an imaginative programme with Strauss's existential tone poem Death and Transfiguration. Also Gidon Kremer joins conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and Berlin's German Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's violin concerto.

2.00pm
Purcell
Dido and Aeneus
Dido….Marie-Claude Chappuis, mezzo-soprano
Belinda….Robin Johannsen, soprano
Aeneas....Matthias Winckhler, baritone
Sorceress….Katharina Magiera, contralto
Bavarian Radio Choir
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Alexander Liebrich, conductor

3.00pm
Strauss
Death and Transfiguration
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Alexander Liebrich, conductor

3.25pm
Weinberg
Violin Concerto
Sibelius
Lemminkainen Suite
Gidon Kremer, violin
German Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, conductor

Opera Matinee: Andrea Ch\u00e9nier20181108

Tom Redmond presents Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chenier recorded at La Scala, Milan

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Opera Matinee: Don Giovanni20180927

Georgia Mann presents Mozart's Don Giovanni recorded at the Teatro Regio, Turin

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Georgia Mann presents Mozart's Don Giovanni recorded this summer at the Teatro Regio, Turin starring Carlos Álvarez, Erika Grimaldi and Mirco Palazzi. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

After the enormous success of The Marriage of Figaro, one of the managers of Prague’s Nostitz Theatre commissioned Mozart for another work. He wanted to work with the librettist Da Ponte again who, captivated by the story of Don Juan, was happy to oblige. The action follows the adventures of the roguish, womanising Giovanni, mixing comedy, tragedy and drama with the supernatural as his acts of betrayal and even murder finally catch up with him.

2.00pm
Mozart: Don Giovanni K.527

Don Giovanni, a nobleman....Carlos Álvarez, baritone
Donna Anna, a noblewoman....Erika Grimaldi, soprano
Donna Elvira, Giovanni's scorned lover....Carmela Remigio, soprano
Don Ottavio, Donna Anna's fiancé....Juan Francisco Gatell, tenor
Leporello, Don Giovanni's manservant....Mirco Palazzi, bass
Zerlina, a peasant girl....Rocío Ignacio, soprano
Masetto, Zerlina's fiancé....Fabio Maria Capitanucci, bass
Il Commendatore, Donna Anna's father....Gianluca Buratto, bass
Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Turin
Daniele Rustioni, conductor

This afternoon's broadcast is the second in a trilogy of Mozart's Da Ponte operas: next Thursday we’ll hear Così fan tutte performed by Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski

Opera Matinee: Franz Schreker's Die Gezeichneten20180614

Kate Molleson presents Franz Schreker's Die Gezeichneten from the Bavarian State Opera.

Kate Molleson presents a Bavarian State Opera production of Franz Schreker's psychological tragedy Die Gezeichneten - "The Stigmatised". A heady mix of sex, violence, deformity and art set in 16th-century Genoa, the opera has been aptly characterised as a kind of cross between The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

Duke Adorno....Tomasz Konieczny (bass)
Count Tamare....Christopher Maltman (baritone)
Lodovico Nardi....Alastair Miles (bass-baritone)
Carlotta Nardi....Catherine Naglestad (soprano)
Alviano Salvago....John Daszak (tenor)
Guidobaldo Usodimare....Matthew Grills (tenor)
Menaldo Negroni....Kevin Conners (tenor)
Michelotto Cibo....Sean Michael Plumb (baritone)
Gonsalvo Fieschi....Andrea Borghini
Julian Pinelli....Peter Lobert
Paolo Calvi....Andreas Wolf
Capitano di giustizia....Tomasz Konieczny
Ginevra Scotti....Paula Iancic
Martuccia....Heike Grötzinger
Pietro....Dean Power
Ein Jüngling....Galeano Salas
Dessen Freund, Diener, Ein riesiger Bürger....Milan Siljanov
Ein Mädchen....Selene Zanetti
Senator 1....Ulrich Ress
Senator 2....Christian Rieger
Senator 3....Kristof Klorek
Dienerin....Niamh O'Sullivan

Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Bavarian State Opera Children's Chorus
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Ingo Metzmacher (conductor).

Opera Matinee: Gounod's Le Tribut De Zamora20180607

Jonathan Swain celebrates Gounod's 200th birthday with his final opera Le Tribut de Zamora

Jonathan Swain celebrates Charles Gounod's 200th birthday on 17 June with a broadcast of his final opera, Le Tribut de Zamora, a tall tale of love, war, heroism and madness in 10th-century Spain.

Xaïma... Judith van Wanroij (soprano)
Hermosa, Xaïma's long-lost mother... Jennifer Holloway (mezzo-soprano)
Manoël, Xaïma's fiancé... Edgaras Montvidas (tenor)
Ben-Saïd, envoy of the caliph of Cordoba... Tassis Christoyannis (baritone)
Handjar, brother of Ben-Saïd... Boris Pinkhasovich (baritone)
Iglésia, Xaïma's friend / A young slave... Juliette Mars (mezzo-soprano)
King of tenth-century Asturias / An Arab
soldier... Jérôme Boutillier (baritone)
Mayor / Judge... Artavazd Sargsyan (tenor)
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra
Conductor Hervé Niquet.

Opera Matinee: Monteverdi's L'orfeo20181115

Monteverdi's seminal tale of love and death from the Ambronay Festival

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Opera Matinee: Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito20180628

Tom McKinney introduces a performance from the 2017 Salzburg Festival of Mozart's opera.

Tom McKinney introduces a performance from the 2017 Salzburg Festival of Mozart's last opera, a tale of sexual obsession and divided loyalties, set in Ancient Rome.

Director Peter Sellars and conductor Teodor Currentzis created a special performing-version of this opera for the Festival: shortening some of the recitatives but also including some music from Mozart's Mass K. 427, as well as the 'Adagio und Fuge, K. 546' and the Masonic Funeral Music, K. 477.

2pm:
Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito - opera seria in two acts, K621

Libretto by Caterino Tommaso Mazzolà after the libretto of the same name (1734) by Pietro Metastasio

Cast:

Tito Vespasiano....Russell Thomas (tenor)
Vitellia....Golda Schultz (soprano)
Servilia....Christina Gansch (soprano)
Sesto....Marianne Crebassa (contralto)
Annio....Jeanine De Bique (mezzo-soprano)
Publio....Willard White (bass)

musicAeterna choir
Vitaly Polonsky (chorus master)
musicAeterna
Teodor Currentzis (conductor).

Opera Matinee: Orlando Furioso20180712

Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso.

Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso recorded in the Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca as part of the Festival della Valle d'Itria.

Based on the epic poem by Ludovico Ariosto and with a libretto by Grazio Braccioli, Vivaldi's three act opera centres around a malicious sorceress, Alcina, and the wicked confusion she creates on her magic island. It is tour de force for the cast of singers and a production is a must see for lovers of baroque opera. This recording, made at the atmospheric Palazzo Ducale, in Martina Franca, in southern Italy, was given as part of the Festival della Valle d'Itria before the production was transferred with great acclaim to Vivaldi's home city of Venice.

Sonia Prina - (contralto) Orlando
Michela Antenucci - (soprano) Angelica
Lucia Cirillo - (soprano) Alcina
Loriana Castellano - (contralto) Bradamante
Konstantin Derri - (tenor) Medoro
Luigi Schifano - (tenor) Ruggiero
Riccardo Novaro - (bass) Astolfo

Orchestra: I Barocchisti
Conductor: Diego Fasolis

Synopsis

Act 1
In a delightful garden in which two springs are seen, Medoro escapes from a shipwreck into the arms of his beloved Angelica. Alcina magically helps Medoro and he recounts how he was first captured, then shipwrecked. Orlando is jealous of Medoro, but Angelica lies and says Medoro is her brother.

Alcina is attracted to the knight Ruggiero. She uses her magic to make him forget Bradamante and love her instead. Bradamante discovers Ruggiero's "betrayal." She shows him the ring he gave her therefore breaking Alcina's spell. Ruggiero feels guilty for his actions.

Act 2
In a grove with green secluded spots, Astolfo reflects how he loves Alcina, but is tormented by her unfaithfulness.

Meanwhile, in a mountainous alpine region with a high, precipitous cliff, Angelica and Medoro swear their love and part ways. To rid herself of Orlando, Angelica sends him to fight a monster who guards an elixir of youth.

Orlando enters a cavern and is trapped. Realizing Angelica's faithlessness, he digs his way out.

Angelica and Medoro marry in a countryside at the foot of a hill. They carve their vows on a nearby tree. Orlando finds the tree, and on reading the inscription, becomes so furious that he starts destroying the trees.

Act 3
The place is at the Entrance Hall before the Temple of Hecate. Astolfo believes Orlando dead. With Ruggiero and Bradamante, he plots revenge against Alcina. The secret of Alcina's power lies in an urn, which is locked in the temple of Hecate. They await Alcina's return.

Inside the temple of Hecate, Bradamante disguises herself as a man. Alcina falls in love with her. Orlando, still raving mad about the marriage of Angelica and Medoro, fights with the temple statues, inadvertently destroying Alcina's power.

In a deserted island. Alcina tries to attack the sleeping Orlando, but is prevented by Ruggiero and Bradamante. Astolfo returns to arrest Alcina. Orlando regains his reason and forgives Angelica and Medoro.

Episode image by Studio Amati Bacciardi.

Rossini's Le si\u00e8ge de Corinthe (Siege of Corinth) from Pesaro. Introduced by Penny Gore

Opera Matinee: Puccini Double Bill.20180621

Georgia Mann presents Opera Matinee consisting of a Puccini double bill.

Georgia Mann presents Opera Matinee, consisting of a Puccini double-bill, recorded at the Teatro Monumental, Madrid by the Chorus and Orchestra of Spanish Radio.

Puccini: Le villi

Guglielmo Wolf....Vladimir Chernov (baritone)
Roberto....Leonardo Caimi (tenor)
Ana....Carmen Solis (soprano)
RTVE Chorus
RTVE Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Angel Gómez Martinez (conductor)

3.10: Edgar

Edgar....Marcello Giordani (tenor)
Fidelia....Carmen Solis (soprano)
Tigrana....Inés Moraleda (mezzo-soprano)
Franck....Josep Miquel Ramón (baritone)
Gualtiero....Carmelo Cordón (bass)
RTVE Chorus
RTVE Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Angel Gómez Martinez (conductor)

In Le villi, Puccini's first work for the stage, Roberto and Anna are engaged to be married. But Roberto must leave before the ceremony to collect an inheritance, and Anna worries that she will never see him again. Her anxiety is fully justified, as he falls into the hands of Le villi, the fairies.
In Edgar, Puccini's second opera, the hero is torn between the sacred love for the pure-hearted Fidelia and the profane love for the wild and feisty Tigrana. His over-complicated love life leads to tragedy.

Opera Matinee: Puccini's Il Trittico20180531

Penny Gore presents a production of Puccini's Il trittico by the Bavarian State Opera.

Penny Gore presents a production of Puccini's Il trittico from the Bavarian State Opera, conducted by Kirill Petrenko

Jealousy and murder, loss and suicide, romance and trickery all feature in Puccini's trilogy of one-act operas, taking us from the gritty banks of the River Seine, to a convent doomed to tragedy, finally on to knock-about comedy

2.00pm
Puccini: Il tabarro
Michele, a barge-owner....Wolfgang Koch (baritone)
Luigi, a stevedore....Yonghoon Lee (tenor)
Giorgetta, Michele's wife....Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

2.50pm
Puccini: Suor Angelica
Sister Angelica....Ermonela Jaho (soprano)
The Princess, Angelica's aunt....Michaela Schuster (contralto)
The Abbess....Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)
The Monitress....Helena Zubanovich (mezzo-soprano)
The Mistress of the Novices..Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
Sister Genovieffa....Anna El-Khashem (soprano)
Sister Osmina....Annette Beck-Schäfer (mezzo-soprano)
Sister Dolcina....Paula Iancic (soprano)

3.40pm
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi....Ambrogio Maestri (baritone)
Lauretta, Schicchi's daughter....Rosa Feola (soprano)
Zita, cousin of Buoso Donati....Michaela Schuster (contralto)
Rinuccio, Zita's nephew....Pavol Breslik (tenor)
Gherardo, Buoso's nephew....Dean Power (tenor)
Nella, Gherardo's wife....Selene Zanetti (soprano)
La Ciesca....Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Children's Chorus
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Kirill Petrenko (conductor)

We continue this week's survey of recent performances by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with:

4.35pm
Mark David Boden: Clarinet Concerto (World Premiere)
Robert Plane (clarinet)
BBC NOW
Jac van Steen (conductor).

Penny Gore present's a production of Puccini's Il trittico from the Bavarian State Opera, conducted by Kirill Petrenko

Jealousy and murder, loss and suicide, romance and trickery all feature in Puccini's trilogy of one-act operas, taking us from the gritty banks of the River Seine, to a convent doomed to tragedy, finally on to knock-about comedy

2.00pm
Puccini: Il tabarro
Michele, a barge-owner....Wolfgang Koch (baritone)
Luigi, a stevedore....Yonghoon Lee (tenor)
Giorgetta, Michele's wife....Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

2.50pm
Puccini: Suor Angelica
Sister Angelica....Ermonela Jaho (soprano)
The Princess, Angelica's aunt....Michaela Schuster (contralto)
The Abbess....Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)
The Monitress....Helena Zubanovich (mezzo-soprano)
The Mistress of the Novices..Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
Sister Genovieffa....Anna El-Khashem (soprano)
Sister Osmina....Annette Beck-Schäfer (mezzo-soprano)
Sister Dolcina....Paula Iancic (soprano)

3.40pm
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi....Ambrogio Maestri (baritone)
Lauretta, Schicchi's daughter....Rosa Feola (soprano)
Zita, cousin of Buoso Donati....Michaela Schuster (contralto)
Rinuccio, Zita's nephew....Pavol Breslik (tenor)
Gherardo, Buoso's nephew....Dean Power (tenor)
Nella, Gherardo's wife....Selene Zanetti (soprano)
La Ciesca....Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Children's Chorus
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Kirill Petrenko (conductor).

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.

Opera Matinee: Rossini's The Siege Of Corinth20180705

Rossini's Le si\u00e8ge de Corinthe (Siege of Corinth) from Pesaro. Introduced by Penny Gore.

Today's Opera Matinee is a rare opportunity to hear Rossini's first French opera, Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth). It was a reworking of his earlier opera for Naples, Maometto II. The basic situations and relationships between the characters are maintained from the earlier opera.

After the siege and destruction of Missolonghi in 1826 by Turkish troops during the Greek War of Independence, Rossini was able to capitalize on the topicality of his subject by moving the story back a few decades to the time when Sultan Mehmed II had indeed besieged the Greek city of Corinth in the 1450s.

Penny Gore introduces a recording made at last year's Rossini Festival in Pesaro starring the soprano Nino Machaidze and the bass Luca Pisaroni conducted by Roberto Abbado.

Rossini: Le siège de Corinthe

Pamira....Nino Machaidze (soprano)
Mahomet II....Luca Pisaroni (bass)
Néoclès....Sergey Romanovsky (tenor)
Cléomène....John Irvin (tenor)
Adraste....Xabier Anduaga (tenor)
Hiéros....Carlo Cigni (bass)
Ismène....Cecilia Molinari (mezzo-soprano)
Omar....Iurii Samoilov (tenor)
Ventidio Basso Theatre Chorus
Giovanni Farina (director)
RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Roberto Abbado (conductor)

2.00pm
Act 1

3.00pm
Act 2

4.05pm
Act 3.

Episode image by Studio Amati Bacciardi

Synopsis

Act 1
Vestibule of the senate palace at Corinth

Cléomène, Governor of Corinth, recommends surrender to Mahomet II and his Turkish army but Néocles, an officer in the Greek army wishes to press the attack. Cléomène is so impressed by Néocles's bravery that he proposes Néocles marry his daughter, Pamyre. To Cléomène's anger however, Pamyre has fallen in love with a mysterious stranger (Mahomet in disguise) who recently visited the city.

Cléomène is taken captive during Néocles's assault. Mahomet offers a bargain - Cléomène's freedom in return for the hand of his daughter. Cléomène protests - preferring her still to marry Néocles but she refuses and is traded to Mahomet in return for the governer's freedom.

Act 2
Mahomet's tent

Mahomet and Pamyre's wedding plans are disrupted by Néocles, who has come to demand Pamyre's return. Pretending that he is her brother, Pamyre flees with Néocles. Mahomet is furious and swears bloody revenge on Corinth.

Act 3
The tombs of Corinth, illuminated by a multitude of fires

In the tombs of Corinth, the Greeks prepare for their last stand. Cléomène laments Pamyre's betrayal as a chorus of Greek women are heard praying in the distance. Mahomet makes one last attempt to win Pamyre through diplomatic means but is rebuffed. He resolves to take back Pamyre through military means instead. Néocles reunites Pamyre with her father as the Greeks recall past victories and pray for success in the coming battle. Their prayers are in vein however as the Turkish forces overwhelm them. Descending to the catacombs in search of his would-be bride, Mahamot discovers that Pamyre has committed suicide along with the other women of Corinth.

Today's Opera Matinee is a rare opportunity to hear Rossini's first French opera, Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth). It was a reworking of his earlier opera for Naples, Maometto II. The basic situations and relationships between the characters are maintained from the earlier opera.

After the siege and destruction of Missolonghi in 1826 by Turkish troops during the Greek War of Independence, Rossini was able to capitalize on the topicality of his subject by moving the story back a few decades to the time when Sultan Mehmed II had indeed besieged the Greek city of Corinth in the 1450s.

Penny Gore introduces a recording made at last year's Rossini Festival in Pesaro starring the soprano Nino Machaidze and the bass Luca Pisaroni conducted by Roberto Abbado.

Rossini: Le siège de Corinthe

Pamira....Nino Machaidze (soprano)
Mahomet II....Luca Pisaroni (bass)
Néoclès....Sergey Romanovsky (tenor)
Cléomène....John Irvin (tenor)
Adraste....Xabier Anduaga (tenor)
Hiéros....Carlo Cigni (bass)
Ismène....Cecilia Molinari (mezzo-soprano)
Omar....Iurii Samoilov (tenor)
Ventidio Basso Theatre Chorus
Giovanni Farina (director)
RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Roberto Abbado (conductor)

2.00pm
Act 1

3.00pm
Act 2

4.05pm
Act 3.

Opera Matinee: Rubinstein's The Demon20181101

Egils Silins sings the title role in a live recording of Rubinstein's opera, The Demon.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Opera Matinee: The Marriage Of Figaro20180920

Penny Gore introduces Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro recorded at Bavaria's State Opera

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore introduces Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro recorded last year at Bavaria's State Opera starring Christian Gerhaher, Federica Lombardi and Alex Esposito. Constantinos Carydis conducts Christof Loy's production

Mozart's opera, to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, caused a storm in the eighteenth century for its revolutionary portrayal of class, intrigue and morals.

2.00pm
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, K.492

Count Almaviva, local nobleman....Christian Gerhaher, bass
Countess Rosina Almaviva....Federica Lombardi, soprano
Cherubino, the Count's page....Solenn' Lavanant-Linke, soprano
Figaro, valet to the Count....Alex Esposito, bass
Susanna, the Countess's maid....Olga Kulchynska, soprano
Bartolo, doctor and lawyer....Paolo Bordogna, bass
Marcellina, Bartolo's housekeeper....Anne Sofie von Otter, soprano
Basilio, music teacher....Manuel Günther, tenor
Don Curzio, judge....Dean Power, tenor
Antonio, the Count's gardener and Susanna's uncle....Milan Siljanov, bass
Barbarina, Antonio's daughter....Anna El-Khashem, soprano
Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Constantinos Carydis, conductor

This afternoon's broadcast kicks off a trilogy of Mozart's Da Ponte operas: next Thursday features Don Giovanni

Opera Matinee: Weber's Oberon20180503

Penny Gore presents a production of Weber's fantasy opera Oberon from Bavarian State Opera

This week's Opera Matinee features some of the best operatic music you've never heard. Productions of Weber's fantasy opera Oberon are like hen's teeth (or perhaps unicorns' horns) because the plot is even more crazy than most in opera, there's too much talking, and Weber died young before he could replace the spoken dialogue with music. But for this broadcast of a lively new production from Bavarian State Opera we've minimised the talking to leave you with the music Weber did compose. And it's absolutely brilliant.
(Special shout-out to Wagner fans: see if you can spot the bits RW cribbed. It's not a tough assignment: some of them are gobsmackingly obvious...)

Presented by Penny Gore

Weber: Oberon
Oberon....Julian Prégardien (tenor)
Titania, Puck....Alyona Abramowa (mezzo-soprano)
Hüon of Bordeaux....Brenden Gunnell (tenor)
Rezia....Annette Dasch (soprano)
Sherasmin, Hüon's squire....Johannes Kammler (baritone)
Fatime, Reiza's attendant....Rachael Wilson (mezzo-soprano)
Mermaid....Anna El-Khashem (mezzo-soprano)
Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Ivor Bolton.

Orchestre De La Suisse Romande With Tom Mckinney20180709

Tom McKinney introduces concert recordings of performances by the Suisse Romande Orchestra

Tom McKinney introduces a week of concert recordings by the Suisse Romande orchestra including performances of the Ravel Piano Concertos and tone poems by Richard Strauss. The orchestra marks its centenary this year.
Including:

c14.02 Johann Strauss II: Waltz - The Blue Danube

c14.14 Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnol Op.21
(soloist: Renaud Capucon)

c14.54 Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

c15.35 Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand
(piano - Alexandre Tharaud)

c16.03 Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Jonathan Nott.

Orchestre De La Suisse Romande With Tom Mckinney20180710

Tom McKinney introduces concert recordings of the Suisse Romande Orchestra.

Tom McKinney continues his week of concert recordings by the Suisse Romande orchestra with music by Dvorak and Strauss.
Including:

c14.02 Antonin Dvorak: Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra
(cello - Xavier Phillips)

c14.45 Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

c15.33 Franz Liszt: Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H
(organ - Vincent Thevenaz )

c15.49 Arnold Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra

c.16.13 Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
(piano - Sergei Babayan)

c16.38 Maurice Ravel: Bolero

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Jonathan Nott.

Orchestre De La Suisse Romande With Tom Mckinney20180711

Tom McKinney continues his week of concert recordings by the Suisse Romande Orchestra.

Tom McKinney continues his week of concert recording by the Suisse Romande orchestra with music by Rossini and Schubert
Including:

c14.02 Gioachino Rossini: Overture: La scala di sete (The Silken Ladder)

c14.09 Gioachino Rossini (arttributed): Bassoon Concerto
(bassoon - Sergio Azzolini)

c 14.36 Franz Schubert: Symphony No 6 in C

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Jonathan Nott.

Prom 1 Repeat: First Night Of The Proms20180716

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and massed choral forces conducted by Sakari Oramo.

Afternoon Concert with Fiona Talkington.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and BBC Proms Youth Ensemble conducted by Sakari Oramo in music by Holst, Vaughan Williams and Anna Meredith.

Presented by Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
Holst: The Planets

c.3.10 pm
Interval: On the opening night of the 2018 BBC Proms, Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny look forward to two months of world-class music-making in the company of guests, and go backstage to chat to some of the performers in tonight's Prom.

c.3.40 pm
Anna Meredith: Five Telegrams
BBC co-commission with 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh International Festival

National Youth Choir of Great Britain
BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

An all-British season launch, featuring two major figures who composed responses to the First World War. Holst's much-loved The Planets (premiered in 1918) and Vaughan Williams's choral masterpiece Toward the Unknown Region contrast with a new work by Anna Meredith, featuring the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble. Five Telegrams draws on communications sent by young soldiers in 1918, taken from a British Field Service Postcard.

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

BBC Proms repeat: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces conducted by Sakari Oramo.

Afternoon Concert with Fiona Talkington.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and BBC Proms Youth Ensemble conducted by Sakari Oramo in music by Holst, Vaughan Williams and Anna Meredith.

Presented by Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
Holst: The Planets

c.3.10 pm
Interval: On the opening night of the 2018 BBC Proms, Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny look forward to two months of world-class music-making in the company of guests, and go backstage to chat to some of the performers in tonight's Prom.

c.3.40 pm
Anna Meredith: Five Telegrams
BBC co-commission with 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh International Festival

National Youth Choir of Great Britain
BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

An all-British season launch, featuring two major figures who composed responses to the First World War. Holst's much-loved The Planets (premiered in 1918) and Vaughan Williams's choral masterpiece Toward the Unknown Region contrast with a new work by Anna Meredith, featuring the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble. Five Telegrams draws on communications sent by young soldiers in 1918, taken from a British Field Service Postcard.

First broadcast on Friday 13 July.

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Prom 11 Repeat: Mahler Symphony Of A Thousand20180724

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Sondergard in Mahler's dramatic Eighth Symphony

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the BBC NOW with Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård and a star-studded cast, plus no fewer than five choirs, perform Mahler's mighty Eighth Symphony.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Mahler: Symphony No 8 in E flat major, 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Tamara Wilson (soprano)
Camilla Nylund (soprano)
Joélle Harvey (soprano)
Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)
Claudia Huckle (contralto)
Simon O'Neill (tenor)
Quinn Kelsey (baritone)
Morris Robinson (bass)
Southend Boys' Choir
Southend Girls' Choir
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Chorus
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

'It is the best thing I have ever done,' said Mahler of his Eighth Symphony - for which tonight the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård, in his final season as Principal Conductor, join forces with no fewer than five choirs. One of the grandest symphonic statements of the repertoire, concluding with a dramatic setting of the mystical closing scene from Goethe's Faust, its mammoth scale matches the impressive space of the Royal Albert Hall.

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Prom 15 Repeat: Paul Lewis Plays Beethoven's 'emperor' Concerto20180730

BBC Philharmonic in music by Tansy Davies, Beethoven and Brahms.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Prom 18 Repeat: Currentzis Conducts Beethoven20180801

BBC Proms repeat: Teodor Currentzis conducts MusicAeterna in Beethoven Symphonies 2 and 5.

Afternoon Concert with Georgia Mann.

Another chance to hear the thrilling Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis conduct his ensemble MusicAeterna in the 2nd and 5th Symphonies.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D major
MusicAeterna
Conductor Teodor Currentzis

2.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus
Shahidha Bari introduces a series of the best comic readings from literature to tie in with Beethoven's penchant for 'musical jokes'.

2.55pm
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor
MusicAeterna
Conductor Teodor Currentzis

One of the boldest, most exhilarating new voices in classical music, Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis, and his period-instrument ensemble MusicAeterna are together ripping up the classical rulebook with thrilling, award-winning results.

In the hands of MusicAeterna a classic programme of Beethoven symphonies - the vivacious, 'smiling' Second and the emotionally charged Fifth - becomes something altogether more punk and provocative.

First broadcast on Saturday 28 July.

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Prom 2 Repeat: Ravel20180718

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Alain Altinoglu perform Ravel.

Afternoon Concert with Fiona Talkington

Another chance to hear the second half of Saturday's Prom with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Alain Altinoglu, in Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe

BBC Symphony Chorus
City of London Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu, conductor

You can hear the first half of this repeat of Prom 2 in tomorrow's Afternoon Concert (Thursday 19th July):

Faure: Pavane
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
BBC Symphony Chorus
City of London Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu (conductor)

Fauré's serene, gently pulsing Pavane, elegantly recalling the French court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 - the composer's final piano concerto, and a work of unusually introspective lyricism.

Prom 21 Repeat: An Alpine Symphony20180803

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov with the Hornroh Modern Alphorn Quartet.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Georgia Mann.

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov, with the Hornroh Modern Alphorn Quartet, in a performance of GF Haas's Concerto Grosso No 1, alongside Strauss's Alpine Symphony.

Presented by Kate Molleson at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mozart: Serenade No 8 (Notturno) for Four Orchestras
GF Haas: Concerto Grosso No 1

1455 Interval: Proms Plus Abbie Garrington and Dan Richards discuss the appeal of the mountains and how wild landscapes have inspired creativity. Presented by New Generation Thinker Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough.

1515
Strauss: Alpine Symphony

Hornroh Modern Alphorn Quartet
Ilan Volkov (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A concert of sonic scope and spectacle from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov climaxes in Strauss's dramatic An Alpine Symphony, which paints a vivid picture of a day's hiking in the Bavarian mountains.

The Alps also make their way into Georg Friedrich Haas's Concerto Grosso in the form of four alphorns - enormous wooden horns, whose other-worldly overtones also inspired Rossini and Berlioz.

The concert opens with Mozart's Notturno, an unfinished Salzburg carnival serenade, whose four separate instrumental groups will be dispersed around the Royal Albert Hall for maximum acoustic drama.

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Prom 22 Repeat: A London Symphony20180806

BBC SSO and Andrew Manze in perform 'London' symphonies by Haydn and Vaughan Williams.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson

Another chance to hear the BBC SSO and Andew Manze at the BBC Proms in 2 'London' symphonies: by Haydn and Vaughan Williams. From the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Haydn: Symphony No 104 'London'

2.30pm: Interval
Proms Plus - Novelists John Lanchester and Diana Evans discuss depicting contemporary London in their fiction with presenter Rana Mitter.

2.50pm
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 2 'London'

Andrew Manze (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra open with Haydn's lively, assertive final symphony - composed and first performed in London during the composer's second triumphant residency.

First performed in March 1914, Vaughan Williams's A London Symphony evokes the chimes of Westminster, a chilly November in Bloomsbury and the bright lights of the Strand in a city that would soon be scarred by war.

Prom 24 Repeat: A Hero's Life20180807

BBC NOW conducted by Otto Tausk in Strauss, Dvorak and Ethel Smyth.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson.

Another chance to hear the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Otto Tausk at the BBC Proms with the cellist Daniel Müller‐Schott in Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Plus performances of Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and the Prelude to Act 2 of Dame Ethel Smyth's opera, The Wreckers.

Presented by Ian Skelly from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Smyth: The Wreckers - On the Cliffs of Cornwall (Prelude to Act 2)
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor

c. 2.50pm INTERVAL

c. 3.15pm
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Daniel Müller‐Schott (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Otto Tausk (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Triumphant horns and a flirtatious, vivacious solo violin set the tone for Strauss's vivid autobiographical tone-poem Ein Heldenleben - 'A Hero's Life', outwardly inspired by 'an ideal of great and manly heroism'. The orchestra is also at the forefront in Dvořák's Cello Concerto, sounding as an equal partner to the soloist - German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, who returns to the Proms under conductor Otto Tausk - in an intensely personal work that marries a pervasive sense of longing with real passion. And in the centenary year of British women gaining the right to vote, Ethel Smyth's evocative Act 2 Prelude from The Wreckers celebrates a key British composer who, as a suffragette, spent two months in Holloway Prison.

Prom 25 Repeat: Tchaikovsky, Glinka And Joby Talbot20180809

BBCSO and Alexander Vedernikov in Tchaikovsky, Glinka and Talbot at the Royal Albert Hall.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Vedernikov at the BBC Proms. Glinka, Tchaikovsky and the world premiere of Joby Talbot's Guitar Concerto with Miloš Karadaglić.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Glinka: Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture No.2)
Joby Talbot: Guitar Concerto (BBC Commission World Premiere)

2.35pm Interval
Proms Plus
Composer Joby Talbot, whose Guitar Concerto receives its world premiere in this evening's Prom, discusses the influence of dance in this new work and along with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon looks at how composers and choreographers work together to create new pieces. Hosted by Andrew McGregor and recorded earlier this evening at the Imperial College Union, London.

3pm
Tchaikovksy: The Nutcracker - Act 1

Miloš Karadaglić (guitar)
Finchley Children's Music Group
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić is the soloist in a new concerto written especially for him by Joby Talbot. Taking inspiration from Karadaglić's Montenegrin heritage, Talbot's typically rhythmic piece incorporates Balkan dances into its propulsive flow.

Dance also runs through both Glinka's heat-soaked Summer Night in Madrid, accompanied by pulsing castanets, and the expansive waltzes of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, whose complete Act 1 is here performed for the first time at the Proms.

Prom 26 Repeat: Late Night Serpent And Fire20180808

Anna Prohaska and Il Giardino Armonico in music for Dido and Cleopatra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson.

Another chance to hear soprano Anna Prohaska and leading early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico at the BBC Proms in a programme that takes inspiration from two great queens, Cleopatra and Dido.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, excerpts
The Fairy Queen - Chaconne: Dance for Chinese Man and Woman
Dance for Chinese Man and Woman
Christoph Graupner: Dido, Queen of Carthage, excerpts
Antonio Sartorio: Julius Caesar in Egypt, excerpts
Matthew Locke: The Tempest - Curtain Tune
George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar in Egypt - 'Che sento? Oh Dio!... Se pietà di me non senti'
Dario Castello: Sonata No. 15 in D minor
Francesco Cavalli: Dido - 'Rè de' Getuli altero... Il mio marito'
Johann Adolf Hasse: Mark Antony and Cleopatra - 'Morte col fiero aspetto'
George Frideric Handel: Concerto grosso in C minor, Op. 6 No. 8

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini, conductor

Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska joins Italy's leading early music ensemble for a programme that takes inspiration from two great queens, Cleopatra and Dido, who proved endlessly fascinating to Baroque composers. Operatic arias are framed by some of the period's most vital instrumental works.

Prom 28 Repeat: National Youth Orchestra Performs Mussorgsky, Ligeti And Debussy20180810

The National Youth Orchestra under George Benjamin performs Mussorgsky, Ligeti and Debussy

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson.

Another chance to hear the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the BBC Proms with conductor George Benjamin and pianist Tamara Stefanovich

Presented by Tom Redmond at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Mussorgsky, arr. Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on the Bare Mountain
George Benjamin: Dance Figures
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

c.2.50pm
During the interval, Tom Redmond is joined by guests live at the Royal Albert Hall, including members of the National Youth Orchestra

c.3.10pm
Ligeti: Lontano
Debussy: La mer

Tamara Stefanovich (piano)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
George Benjamin (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain return to conjure a series of vivid worlds, both real and imagined.

The sea roars and shimmers in Debussy's La mer, Mussorgsky paints eerie visions of a Witches' Sabbath, while Ligeti's Lontano summons the 'dream worlds of childhood'.

Ravel's brooding Concerto for the Left Hand was commissioned by a pianist who lost an arm in the First World War.

Prom 3 Repeat: Bbc Young Musician 40th Anniversary20180717

Past winners and finalists celebrate 40 years of BBC Young Musician.

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

BBC Young Musician celebrates its 40th birthday with a concert featuring illustrious past winners and finalists, including Nicola Benedetti, Freddy Kempf and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, as well as this year's winner, Lauren Zhang.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Ben Foster: Fantasia on the Young Musician Theme
David Bruce: Sidechaining
Steve Reich: Drumming, Part 1
Giovanni Sollima: Violoncelles, vibrez!
Iain Farrington: Gershwinicity

INTERVAL: Clemency Burton-Hill looks back over the history of the BBC Young Musician with the help of some of its winners.

Saint-Saëns, arr Farrington: Carnival of the Animals (excerpts)
Ravel: Tzigane
James MacMillan: Britannia
Mussorgsky, arr Wood: The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Michael Collins (clarinet)
Ben Goldscheider (horn)
Jennifer Pike (violin)
Alexander Bone (alto saxophone)
David Childs (euphonium)
Jess Gillam (soprano saxophone)
Emma Johnson (clarinet)
Alexandra Ridout (trumpet)
Colin Currie (percussion)
Owen Gunnell (percussion)
Adrian Spillett (percussion)
Sam Walton (percussion)
Natalie Clein (cello)
Laura van der Heijden (cello)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
Guy Johnston (cello)
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Martin James Bartlett (piano)
Freddy Kempf (piano)
Lara Melda (piano)
Lauren Zhang (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Andrew Gourlay

BBC Young Musician has launched the careers of scores of artists since it began in 1978. We mark the competition's 40th anniversary with the help of an array of previous winners and finalists, joining this year's finalists; and we take a look at the competition's rich history.

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

BBC Proms repeat: past winners and finalists celebrate 40 years of BBC Young Musician.

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

BBC Proms repeat: BBC Young Musician celebrates its 40th birthday with a concert featuring illustrious past winners and finalists, including Nicola Benedetti, Freddy Kempf and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, as well as this year's winner, Lauren Zhang.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Ben Foster: Fantasia on the Young Musician Theme
David Bruce: Sidechaining
Steve Reich: Drumming, Part 1
Giovanni Sollima: Violoncelles, vibrez!
Iain Farrington: Gershwinicity

INTERVAL: Clemency Burton-Hill looks back over the history of the BBC Young Musician with the help of some of its winners.

Saint-Saëns, arr Farrington: Carnival of the Animals (excerpts)
Ravel: Tzigane
James MacMillan: Britannia
Mussorgsky, arr Wood: The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Michael Collins (clarinet)
Ben Goldscheider (horn)
Jennifer Pike (violin)
Alexander Bone (alto saxophone)
David Childs (euphonium)
Jess Gillam (soprano saxophone)
Emma Johnson (clarinet)
Alexandra Ridout (trumpet)
Colin Currie (percussion)
Owen Gunnell (percussion)
Adrian Spillett (percussion)
Sam Walton (percussion)
Natalie Clein (cello)
Laura van der Heijden (cello)
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
Guy Johnston (cello)
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Martin James Bartlett (piano)
Freddy Kemp (piano)
Laura Melda (piano)
Lauren Zhang (piano)

BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Andrew Gourlay

BBC Young Musician has launched the careers of scores of artists since it began in 1978. We mark the competition's 40th anniversary with the help of an array of previous winners and finalists, joining this year's finalists; and we take a look at the competition's rich history.

First broadcast Sunday 15 July.

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Prom 31 Repeat: Bernstein, Gershwin And Ives20180815

Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska in music by Bernstein, Gershwin and Ives.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä play music by Bernstein and Ives at the BBC Proms. They're joined by pianist Inon Barnatan in Gershwin's piano concerto.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Bernstein: Candide - overture
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major
2.40pm
Ives: Symphony No. 2

Inon Barnatan, piano
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

A great American orchestra marks Leonard Bernstein's 100th-anniversary year with a concert of 20th century American classics that represent Bernstein in his multiple guises as composer, conductor and pianist.

The breathless exuberance of Bernstein's Candide overture is extended by Inon Barnatan in Gershwin's Concerto in F major, which filters the composer's popular jazz idiom through classical structures and Lisztian virtuosity.

Premiered by Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1951, Ives's attractive Second Symphony melds European techniques with an all-American sound-world.

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä play music by Bernstein and Ives at the BBC Proms. They're joined by pianist Inon Barnatan in Gershwin's piano concerto.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Bernstein: Candide - overture
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major
2.40pm
Ives: Symphony No. 2

Inon Barnatan, piano
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

A great American orchestra marks Leonard Bernstein's 100th-anniversary year with a concert of 20th century American classics that represent Bernstein in his multiple guises as composer, conductor and pianist.

The breathless exuberance of Bernstein's Candide overture is extended by Inon Barnatan in Gershwin's Concerto in F major, which filters the composer's popular jazz idiom through classical structures and Lisztian virtuosity.

Premiered by Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1951, Ives's attractive Second Symphony melds European techniques with an all-American sound-world.

Prom 33 Repeat: Brahms's A German Requiem20180813

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Farnes in Brahms's A German Requiem

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Richard Farnes conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Thea Musgrave's Phoenix Rising at the BBC Proms. The BBC Symphony Chorus and soloists join for Brahms's German Requiem.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at the Royal Albert Hall.

Thea Musgrave: Phoenix Rising

c.2.25
Interval: Proms Plus:
Presenter Ian Skelly introduces Brahms' 'A German Requiem', together with Reverend Lucy Winkett. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c.2.45
Brahms: A German Requiem

Golda Schultz (soprano)
Johan Reuter (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Richard Farnes (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms artists.

Inspired by the death of his mother, Brahms's tender, consoling A German Requiem couldn't be further from Verdi's and Berlioz's settings of the standard Latin Mass text. It's the first of three Requiems this season marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Richard Farnes makes his Proms debut directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with soloists Golda Schultz and Johan Reuter.

Thea Musgrave's Phoenix Rising (marking the composer's 90th birthday this year) also traces a journey from darkness to light -enacting the conflict both spatially and musically- in some of the composer's most dramatic writing.

Prom 34 Repeat: Bbc Philharmonic And Juanjo Mena Perform Britten And Copland20180814

BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena in Britten and Copland from the Royal Albert Hall.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena with soprano Sally Matthews in music by Britten, Walton, Barber and Copland.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall.

Walton: Overture 'Portsmouth Point'
Copland: Connotations
Britten: Les illuminations

c. 2.50
Interval: Proms Plus
Film-maker and biographer Humphrey Burton and Britten scholar Heather Wiebe explore Aaron Copland's influence on Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein and Britten's relationship with America, in conversation with Louise Fryer. Recorded earlier today at the Imperial College Union.

c. 3.10
Barber: Antony and Cleopatra - Two scenes
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'

Sally Matthews (soprano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms artists.

In Bernstein's centenary year, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic celebrate with a transatlantic Prom, uniting music by British and American composers connected not just by generation but in many cases personal friendship. Commissioned and premiered by Bernstein, Copland's Connotations is a portrait of "the tensions aspirations and drama inherent in the world today". Its knotty confrontations find contrast in the sensuous beauty of Britten's orchestral song-cycle Les illuminations, while the sea provides inspiration both for Walton's bustling, bonhomous Portsmouth Point overture and Britten's boldly dramatic Four Sea Interludes from his opera 'Peter Grimes'. Sally Matthews joins the orchestra for two extracts from Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra which complete the programme.

Prom 36 Repeat: Mahler, Wagner And Webern20180816

Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen in Webern, Mahler and Wagner, Royal Albert Hall.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen with Anja Kampe, Robert Dean Smith and Franz-Josef Selig perform music by Webern, Mahler and Wagner at the BBC Proms

Presented by Andrew McGregor at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 10 - Adagio

c. 2.30
Interval: Proms Plus
Stephen Fry and John Deathridge introduce Wagner's 'Die Walküre'. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c. 2.50
Wagner: Die Walküre - Act 1

Anja Kampe (soprano), Sieglinde
Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Siegmund
Franz-Josef Selig (bass), Hunding
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms artists.

The Philharmonia Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen take a musical journey from aphorism to epic. Barely six minutes long, Webern's Five Pieces for Orchestra distils expression down to its most concentrated form, every musical gesture carrying infinite weight and colour. By contrast, Wagner's Die Walküre, the second instalment of his monumental Ring cycle, explores musical expansion and amplitude, offering an all-consuming vision of illicit love. At the midpoint is the Adagio from Mahler's 10th Symphony - music that grasps towards eternity and immortality but that was to remain tragically unfinished at the composer's death.

Prom 4 Repeat: Shostakovich's 'leningrad' Symphony20180719

The BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena and Mark Simpson in Shostakovich and Lindberg.

Afternoon Concert with Tom McKinney

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic and Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. They are joined by Mark Simpson for Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto

c.2.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus: An introduction to Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony with musicologist, presenter and writer Anastasia Belina.

c.2.50pm
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad'

Mark Simpson (clarinet)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

In his final season as its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena leads the BBC Philharmonic in a concert contrasting darkness and light. Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto is a modern classic, a glorious collision of tradition and innovation that is at once emotionally direct and ferociously virtuosic; a graduate of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme and BBC Young Musician winner, Mark Simpson is the soloist. Darkness streaks across the second half with Shostakovich's heart-wrenching tribute to the Soviet victims of the Second World War - the powerful 'Leningrad' Symphony.

Followed by another chance to hear music from Prom 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Alain Altinoglu:

Faure: Pavane
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
BBC Symphony Chorus
City of London Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu (conductor)

Fauré's serene, gently pulsing Pavane, elegantly recalling the French court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 - the composer's final piano concerto, and a work of unusually introspective lyricism.

Prom 40 Repeat: Joshua Bell And The Academy Of St Martin In The Fields.20180817

Joshua Bell, Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields play Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream overture, Beethoven's graceful Fourth Symphony and Frank Bridge's elegiac Lament. Bell himself is the soloist in Saint-Saëns's Third Violin Concerto.

Presented by Kate Molleson at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - overture
Saint‐Saëns: Violin Concerto No 3 in B minor

2.45pm: Interval
Proms Plus - Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, historians Saul David and Laura Rowe discuss the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and the effect that this terrible tragedy had on American public opinion about the conflict. Presented by New Generation Thinker Anindya Raychaudhuri.

3.05pm:
Bridge: Lament
Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat major

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, director/violin

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns to the Proms with director and soloist Joshua Bell in a wide-ranging programme, rich in melody and narrative.

Saint-Saëns's Third Violin Concerto is the Romantic display concerto par excellence but shares its light-footed musical grace with Beethoven's Fourth Symphony and Mendelssohn's overture.

Bridge's Lament is an elegy for those who died following the torpedoing of the RMS Lusitania.

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields play Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream overture, Beethoven's graceful Fourth Symphony and Frank Bridge's elegiac Lament. Bell himself is the soloist in Saint-Saëns's Third Violin Concerto.

Presented by Kate Molleson at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - overture
Saint‐Saëns: Violin Concerto No 3 in B minor

2.45pm: Interval
Proms Plus - Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, historians Saul David and Laura Rowe discuss the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and the effect that this terrible tragedy had on American public opinion about the conflict. Presented by New Generation Thinker Anindya Raychaudhuri.

3.05pm:
Bridge: Lament
Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat major

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, director/violin

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns to the Proms with director and soloist Joshua Bell in a wide-ranging programme, rich in melody and narrative.

Saint-Saëns's Third Violin Concerto is the Romantic display concerto par excellence but shares its light-footed musical grace with Beethoven's Fourth Symphony and Mendelssohn's overture.

Bridge's Lament is an elegy for those who died following the torpedoing of the RMS Lusitania.

Prom 41 Repeat: Edward Gardner Conducts Elgar & Vaughan Williams20180822

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Edward Gardner at the Royal Albert Hall

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Fiona Talkington.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Edward Gardner perform music by Vaughan Williams and Lili Boulanger. Jean-Guihen Queyras joins them in Elgar's Cello Concerto.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Lili Boulanger: Pour les funerailles d'un soldat
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op 85

2.45pm
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem

Alexandre Duhamel (baritone)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

War casts its long shadow over this Prom given by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus – part of this season’s musical survey suggested by the centenary of the end of the First World War.

A precursor to Britten’s War Requiem (see Prom 72), Vaughan Williams’s cantata Dona nobis pacem is a heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of the violence of war, its expansive lyricism a natural foil for the compressed drama of Lili Boulanger’s choral miniature Pour les funérailles d’un soldat.

Elgar’s much-loved Cello Concerto, composed in the wake of the conflict, completes this emotive concert, with French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras as soloist.

Afternoon Concert with Fiona Talkington.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Edward Gardner perform music by Vaughan Williams and Lili Boulanger. Jean-Guihen Queyras joins them in Elgar's Cello Concerto.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Lili Boulanger: Pour les funerailles d'un soldat
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op 85

2.45pm
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem

Alexandre Duhamel (baritone)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

War casts its long shadow over this Prom given by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus – part of this season’s musical survey suggested by the centenary of the end of the First World War.

A precursor to Britten’s War Requiem (see Prom 72), Vaughan Williams’s cantata Dona nobis pacem is a heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of the violence of war, its expansive lyricism a natural foil for the compressed drama of Lili Boulanger’s choral miniature Pour les funérailles d’un soldat.

Elgar’s much-loved Cello Concerto, composed in the wake of the conflict, completes this emotive concert, with French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras as soloist.

Prom 42 Repeat: Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi And Khatia Buniatishvili In Sibelius, Part And Grieg20180820

The Estonian Festival Orchestra conducted by Paavo Jarvi perform Sibelius, Part and Grieg.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Fiona Talkington

The Estonian Festival Orchestra and Paavo Järvi (conductor) play Symphonies by Sibelius and Arvo Pärt at the BBC Proms and they're joined by Khatia Buniatishvili for Grieg's Piano Concerto.

Presented by Kate Molleson at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No 3
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

c. 3.35
Interval: Proms Plus. Presenter Ian Skelly introduces Sibelius' 5th Symphony together with Radio 3's New Generation Thinker, Leah Broad. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c. 3.55
Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat major

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms artists

A concert with a Nordic flavour from Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra (making its Proms debut) pairs music by Grieg and Sibelius with Estonia's own national composer, Arvo Pärt.

Celebrated Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili - a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist - performs one of the great Romantic piano concertos.

Beloved for its generous melodies and dramatic gestures, Grieg's concerto is matched for sonic drama by Sibelius's stirring Fifth Symphony.

Arvo Pärt's eclectic Third Symphony, with its echoes of Renaissance polyphony and Orthodox chant, opens the concert.

Afternoon Concert with Fiona Talkington

The Estonian Festival Orchestra and Paavo Järvi (conductor) play Symphonies by Sibelius and Arvo Pärt at the BBC Proms and they're joined by Khatia Buniatishvili for Grieg's Piano Concerto.

Presented by Kate Molleson at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No 3
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

c. 3.35
Interval: Proms Plus. Presenter Ian Skelly introduces Sibelius' 5th Symphony together with Radio 3's New Generation Thinker, Leah Broad. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

c. 3.55
Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat major

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms artists

A concert with a Nordic flavour from Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra (making its Proms debut) pairs music by Grieg and Sibelius with Estonia's own national composer, Arvo Pärt.

Celebrated Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili - a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist - performs one of the great Romantic piano concertos.

Beloved for its generous melodies and dramatic gestures, Grieg's concerto is matched for sonic drama by Sibelius's stirring Fifth Symphony.

Arvo Pärt's eclectic Third Symphony, with its echoes of Renaissance polyphony and Orthodox chant, opens the concert.

Prom 43 Repeat: Daniel Barenboim And The West\u2013eastern Divan Orchestra20180821

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim play Tchaikovsky, Coleman and Scriabin

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and conductor Daniel Barenboim play music by Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman and Scriabin at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

2.35pm
Interval Proms Plus: BBC New Generation Thinkers Jules Evans and Hetta Howes compare figures from the past and present who have searched for a sense of transcendence and experienced ecstatic states. Hosted by Christopher Harding.

3pm
David Robert Coleman: Looking for Palestine
London premiere

Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Elsa Dreisig, soprano
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms artists.

Daniel Barenboim and his pioneering West–Eastern Divan Orchestra return to the Proms for a concert marrying passion and politics.

One of the most richly Romantic works in the repertoire – Tchaikovsky’s heart-rending Violin Concerto, performed here by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili – is paired with Scriabin’s ecstatic, orgiastic 'The Poem of Ecstasy', an attempt to bridge the divide between spirituality and sexuality in music.

At the centre of the concert is David Robert Coleman’s 'Looking for Palestine' for soprano and orchestra, a work commissioned by the ensemble, and one that speaks to its uniquely political identity.

Afternoon Concert with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and conductor Daniel Barenboim play music by Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman and Scriabin at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

2.35pm
Interval Proms Plus: BBC New Generation Thinkers Jules Evans and Hetta Howes compare figures from the past and present who have searched for a sense of transcendence and experienced ecstatic states. Hosted by Christopher Harding.

3pm
David Robert Coleman: Looking for Palestine
London premiere

Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Elsa Dreisig, soprano
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms artists.

Daniel Barenboim and his pioneering West–Eastern Divan Orchestra return to the Proms for a concert marrying passion and politics.

One of the most richly Romantic works in the repertoire – Tchaikovsky’s heart-rending Violin Concerto, performed here by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili – is paired with Scriabin’s ecstatic, orgiastic 'The Poem of Ecstasy', an attempt to bridge the divide between spirituality and sexuality in music.

At the centre of the concert is David Robert Coleman’s 'Looking for Palestine' for soprano and orchestra, a work commissioned by the ensemble, and one that speaks to its uniquely political identity.

Prom 44 Repeat: Cbso And Ludovic Morlot Perform Debussy, Ravel And Boulanger20180823

Ludovic Morlot conducts the CBSO at the Royal Albert Hall in Debussy, Ravel and Boulanger.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus and conductor Ludovic Morlot perform music by Lili Boulanger, Debussy and Ravel at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Lili Boulanger: Psalm 130 'Du fond de l'abîme'

2.40pm
Interval: Proms Plus
An introduction to the music and life of Lili Boulanger, with Caroline Rae and Caroline Potter, presented by Andrew McGregor.

3pm
Debussy: Nocturnes
Ravel: Boléro

Justina GringytÄ—, mezzo-soprano
CBSO Youth Chorus
CBSO Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

The CBSO and Ludovic Morlot mark two major centenaries in this all-French programme. In the centenary of his death, Debussy is celebrated in the languorous beauty of Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, as well as the Nocturnes with their shifting, shimmering play of musical light.

Lili Boulanger, whose death in 1918 at the age of just 24 cut short a career of extraordinary promise, is represented by her powerful setting of Psalm 130 – a musical howl of grief composed at the height of the First World War.

Ravel’s Boléro closes the evening with its hypnotic Spanish dance rhythm and swirling orchestral colours.

Prom 45 Repeat: Jonathan Nott And The Orchestre De La Suisse Romande20180829

Jonathan Nott conducts the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson

Another chance to hear the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and conductor Jonathan Nott at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Debussy: Jeux
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G major (orch. Yan Maresz) (UK premiere of this orchestration)
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)

Renaud Capuçon, violin
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Jonathan Nott, conductor

Geneva’s renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande celebrates its 100th anniversary by making its Proms debut under its English Music Director Jonathan Nott.

The orchestra continues this season’s strand of French music with works by Debussy and Ravel – the mercurial dance-fantasy Jeux, Debussy’s last orchestral work, and a new orchestration of Ravel’s jazz-infused Second Violin Sonata with soloist Renaud Capuçon – as well as a Russian piece synonymous with Paris: Stravinsky’s colourful folk-ballet Petrushka, heard here in its original version.

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson

Another chance to hear the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and conductor Jonathan Nott at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Debussy: Jeux
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G major (orch. Yan Maresz) (UK premiere of this orchestration)
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)

Renaud Capuçon, violin
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Jonathan Nott, conductor

Geneva’s renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande celebrates its 100th anniversary by making its Proms debut under its English Music Director Jonathan Nott.

The orchestra continues this season’s strand of French music with works by Debussy and Ravel – the mercurial dance-fantasy Jeux, Debussy’s last orchestral work, and a new orchestration of Ravel’s jazz-infused Second Violin Sonata with soloist Renaud Capuçon – as well as a Russian piece synonymous with Paris: Stravinsky’s colourful folk-ballet Petrushka, heard here in its original version.

Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev And Venables20180827

Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform works by Elgar, Prokofiev and Venables

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo in Elgar and Prokofiev at the Royal Albert Hall. They're joined by Pekka Kuusisto in the premiere of a quirky new violin concerto by Philip Venables.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Philip Venables/Bartók: Venables Plays Bartók (BBC Commission World Premiere)
Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100

Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables. The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.

Afternoon Concert with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo in Elgar and Prokofiev at the Royal Albert Hall. They're joined by Pekka Kuusisto in the premiere of a quirky new violin concerto by Philip Venables.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Philip Venables/Bartók: Venables Plays Bartók (BBC Commission World Premiere)
Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100

Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables. The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.

Prom 48 Repeat: London Symphony Orchestra And Simon Rattle Play Ravel20180828

The London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle perform Ravel at the Royal Albert Hall

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson

Another chance to hear Sir Simon Rattle conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in Ravel at the BBC Proms, featuring Magdalena Kožená in Shéhérazade and L'enfant et les sortilèges.

Presented by Tom Service at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Ravel: Mother Goose (ballet)
Ravel: Shéhérazade
with Magdalena Kožená (mezzo soprano)

2.50pm
Interval: Proms Plus:
Composer Kerry Andrew has published her first novel Swansong and she performs many traditional songs. She talks to writer Katherine Langrish, author of Seven Miles of Steel Thistles and a “Troll Trilogy” about the cultural legacy of fairy tales and the lessons we can learn from them. Presented by Rana Mitter.

3.10pm
Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges
Magdalena Kožená (Child)
Patricia Bardon (Mother/Shepherd/Dragonfly)
Jane Archibald (Fire/Nightingale/Princess)
Anna Stéphany (Chair/White Cat/Chinese Cup/Squirrel)
Elizabeth Watts (Shepherdess/Bat/Owl)
Sunnyboy Dladla (Teapot/Little Old Man/Tree-Frog)
Gavan Ring (Grandfather Clock/Black Cat)
David Shipley (Tree/Armchair)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms artists

Sir Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast, including Magdalena Kožena and Patricia Bardon, present Ravel’s magical opera L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Ravel’s fairy-tale ballet Mother Goose and sensuous song-cycle Shéhérazade complete the programme.

Prom 49 Repeat: European Union Youth Orchestra20180830

Gianandrea Noseda and the European Union Youth Orchestra in Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Zubel

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson

Another chance to hear the European Union Youth Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall

Agata Zubel: Fireworks (UK premiere)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor

2.45pm
Interval: PRS Foundation's ‘Keychange’
This year, music festivals around Europe signed up to a scheme designed ‘to transform the music industry for current and future generations’. With the help of artistic administrators and musicians, including members of the EUYO and composer Agata Zubel, Hannah Conway explores the PRS Foundation’s ‘Keychange’, an initiative which seeks to redress male dominance in music.

3.05pm
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor

Seong-Jin Cho (piano)
European Union Youth Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

The UK premiere of Agata Zubel’s Fireworks is a celebration of freedom and of the present moment, written to mark the 100th anniversary of Polish independence.

The Polish theme continues in Chopin’s lyrical and much-loved Second Piano Concerto, with the winner of the 2015 International Chopin Competition, Seong-Jin Cho, making his Proms debut.

In the second half, Gianandrea Noseda and the European Union Youth Orchestra turn up the intensity with one of the great Romantic symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s stirring Fifth.

Prom 50 Repeat: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto And Mahler's Symphony No 520180831

BBC SSO, Thomas Dausgaard and Annelien Van Wauwe perform Mozart and Mahler

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Kate Molleson.

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard at the BBC Proms, from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major
with Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet)

2.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus
Writer and critic Norman Lebrecht investigates Leonard Bernstein's relationship with the music of Mahler.

2.50pm
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Recreating a Proms concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard pair two of the best-loved and most beautiful works in the repertoire.

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, with its sublime slow movement, is the composer at his sunniest and most mellow, despite the fact that he was to die two months after its completion.

Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, by contrast, is the urgent work of a composer starting a new adventure, charged with new musical possibilities and a new love, expressed with impossible tenderness in its famous Adagietto.

Prom 52 Repeat: Edward Gardner Conducts The Bergen Philharmonic In Sibelius And Wagner20180903

Edward Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic perform Sibelius, Wagner and a Wallin world premiere

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic in music by Sibelius and Wagner at the BBC Proms, with Alina Ibragimova joining them for the world premiere of Rolf Wallin's Violin Concerto.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Wagner: Flying Dutchman – overture
Rolf Wallin: Violin Concerto (world premiere)

2.35pm
Interval: Proms Plus
Composer Rolf Wallin talks about the influences and ideas that went into the making of his Violin Concerto.

2.55pm
Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D major

Alina Ibragimova, violin
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

A concert with a Nordic flavour from Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra climaxes in Sibelius’s Second Symphony, whose folk-like melodies are a musical celebration of Finnish life and identity.
Violinist Alina Ibragimova is the soloist in Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin’s concerto – the second of two new violin concertos premiered this season (see also Prom 47).
And the evening opens with Wagner’s propulsive overture to The Flying Dutchman, an opera set along the coast of Norway from the orchestra’s base in Bergen.

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic in music by Sibelius and Wagner at the BBC Proms, with Alina Ibragimova joining them for the world premiere of Rolf Wallin's Violin Concerto.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Wagner: Flying Dutchman – overture
Rolf Wallin: Violin Concerto (world premiere)

2.35pm
Interval: Proms Plus
Composer Rolf Wallin talks about the influences and ideas that went into the making of his Violin Concerto.

2.55pm
Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D major

Alina Ibragimova, violin
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

A concert with a Nordic flavour from Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra climaxes in Sibelius’s Second Symphony, whose folk-like melodies are a musical celebration of Finnish life and identity.
Violinist Alina Ibragimova is the soloist in Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin’s concerto – the second of two new violin concertos premiered this season (see also Prom 47).
And the evening opens with Wagner’s propulsive overture to The Flying Dutchman, an opera set along the coast of Norway from the orchestra’s base in Bergen.

Prom 54 Repeat: Iv\u00e1n Fischer And The Budapest Festival Orchestra Perform Enescu, Bartok And Mahler20180904

Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Mahler and Bartok.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Albert Hall, London

Enescu: Suite No. 1 – Prélude à l’unisson
Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

2.40pm
Interval: Proms Plus.
An introduction to Mahler's 4th Symphony with musicologist Jeremy Barham and lecturer Laura Tunbridge. Presented by Martin Handley. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.

3pm
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major

Anna Lucia Richter, soprano
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

The intoxicating energy of their performances makes any appearance by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra a highlight of the season. In the first of their two Proms together, they pair Mahler’s best-loved symphony – the vivacious Fourth, with its jingling sleighbells and child’s-eye vision of heaven – with two works exploring the unusual relationship between strings and percussion: Bartók’s dynamic Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Enescu’s Prélude à l’unisson, with its slow-build tension.

Prom 55 Repeat: Iv\u00e1n Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra Perform Brahms, Liszt And Sarasate20180906

Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Hungarian dances and folk tunes.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the BBC Proms with guest violin and cimbalom players in a riot of Hungarian dances and folk tunes.

Presented by Ian Skelly at the Albert Hall, London.

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 1 in C sharp minor
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 1 in G minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 3 in B flat major
Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 11 in C minor

2.45pm
Interval: Proms Plus
An introduction to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture and heritage with writers Louise Doughty and Damian Le Bas. Presented by New Generation Thinker Sophie Coulombeau.

3.05pm
Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor

József Lendvay Sr and József Lendvay Jr (violins),
Jenő Lisztes (cimbalom),
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Hungarian folk tunes run through the veins of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, while Gypsy rhythms set their pulses dancing.
This concert – a true celebration of Hungary’s national music – traces the development of folk songs and dance, from their colourful, rough-hewn originals into virtuosic concert-hall reimaginings by Liszt, Brahms and Sarasate.
In the second half comes Brahms’s dramatic First Symphony, whose darkness and drama eventually give way to an ending of transcendent musical triumph.

Prom 56 Repeat: Mozart And Bruckner20180907

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo play Mozart and Bruckner at the Royal Albert Hall

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo play Bruckner's Symphony No 5 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 with soloist Benjamin Grosvenor at the BBC Proms

Presented by Sarah Walker at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 in C, K467
with Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

2.30pm
Interval: Proms Plus
Conductor and musicologist John Butt introduces Bruckner's Symphony No 5.

2.50pm
Bruckner: Symphony No 5 in B flat major

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Former BBC Young Musician winner Benjamin Grosvenor may only be 26 but this exceptional pianist is an artist of startling emotional and technical maturity. Here he joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo as the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 (sometimes known by the nickname ‘Elvira Madigan’), with its trickling slow movement and good-humoured buffo levity. Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, with its astonishing fugal finale, offers a more serious counterpoint in the second half.

Prom 6 Repeat: An American In Paris And Turangalila20180720

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall.

Afternoon Concert with Tom McKinney

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo in Gershwin's An American in Paris and Messiaen's epic Turangalîla Symphony.

Presented by Penny Gore from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Gershwin: An American in Paris

c. 2.15pm Interval: Proms Plus
In the centenary year of Leonard Bernstein's birth, the first in a series of talks exploring his life and work. Presenter Petroc Trelawny discusses Bernstein's legacy and his championship of contemporary music with conductor and keyboard player Wayne Marshall and Nigel Simeone, editor of 'The Leonard Bernstein Letters'.

c. 2.35pm
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Gershwin's An American in Paris - a giddy, gloriously tuneful musical evocation of 1920s Paris - takes a stroll through the bustling City of Light, swept along by the jazz rhythms that were its throbbing pulse. The rhythmic impulse continues through Messiaen's hypnotic orchestral love song, the Turangalîla Symphony. Premiered by Leonard Bernstein in 1949, this Tristan and Isolde-inspired work is a celebration of sensual pleasure and boundless ecstasy.

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Prom 64 Repeat: Verdi Requiem20180905

Andres Orozco-Estrada conducts the London Philharmonic in Verdi's Requiem.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Verdi's Requiem at the BBC Proms.

Presented by Georgia Mann at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Verdi: Requiem

Lise Davidsen, soprano
Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano
Dmytro Popov, tenor
Tomasz Konieczny, bass
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrés Orozco‐Estrada, conductor

Rising conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada continues this season’s sequence of Requiems with Verdi’s mighty concert-hall setting – an ‘opera in church vestments’. Embracing the full gamut of human emotion, from the most tender and fragile of hopes to the visceral terror of the Day of Judgement, it’s a work that transforms private grief into an astonishing public statement. An international team of soloists includes the exciting young Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen and renowned Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill.

Prom 9 Repeat: World Orchestra For Peace20180723

The World Orchestra for Peace and Donald Runnicles in Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear the World Orchestra for Peace and conductor Donald Runnicles perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem and Eriks Esenvalds' Shadow.

Eriks Esenvalds: Shadow (BBC commission, world premiere)
Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

c2.50pm Interval: Proms Plus
The Narrative Voice: Dr Sarah Dillon is joined by the novelist Richard Beard, whose memoir The Day That Went Missing was published to great acclaim last year. They'll be discussing the literary voice: first, third or rarely seen second person narrators, comic narrators and slippery unreliable narrators. Illustrated with a selection of readings, Sarah and Richard will investigate some of the best voices in fiction. The reader is Fenella Woolgar.

c3.10pm
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Erin Wall (soprano)
Judit Kutasi (mezzo-soprano)
Russell Thomas (tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (baritone)
BBC Proms Youth Choir
World Orchestra for Peace
Simon Halsey (conductor)
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, the World Orchestra for Peace - founded by Georg Solti as an expression of international musical harmony - returns to the Proms with one of classical music's most potent statements of brotherhood and fellowship, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Composed in the shadow of the Second World War, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem adds its own emotive warning against war. The concert opens with a new, First World War-themed work by Latvian composer Ä’riks EÅ¡envalds, commissioned for the talented young singers of the BBC Proms Youth Choir.

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Afternoon Concert with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear the World Orchestra for Peace and conductor Donald Runnicles perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem and Eriks Esenvalds' Shadow.

Eriks Esenvalds: Shadow (BBC commission, world premiere)
Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

c2.50pm Interval: Proms Plus
The Narrative Voice: Dr Sarah Dillon is joined by the novelist Richard Beard, whose memoir The Day That Went Missing was published to great acclaim last year. They'll be discussing the literary voice: first, third or rarely seen second person narrators, comic narrators and slippery unreliable narrators. Illustrated with a selection of readings, Sarah and Richard will investigate some of the best voices in fiction. The reader is Fenella Woolgar.

c3.10pm
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Erin Wall (soprano)
Judit Kutasi (mezzo-soprano)
Russell Thomas (tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (baritone)
BBC Proms Youth Choir
World Orchestra for Peace
Simon Halsey (conductor)
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, the World Orchestra for Peace - founded by Georg Solti as an expression of international musical harmony - returns to the Proms with one of classical music's most potent statements of brotherhood and fellowship, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Composed in the shadow of the Second World War, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem adds its own emotive warning against war. The concert opens with a new, First World War-themed work by Latvian composer Ä’riks EÅ¡envalds, commissioned for the talented young singers of the BBC Proms Youth Choir.

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

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.

Schubert, Saint-saens And Musgrave20181005

with the BBC Philharmonic and presenter Tom McKinney.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

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.

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: Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur20180426

Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur from Vienna State Opera, with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala.

Georgia Mann presents this week's Opera Matinee; a performance of Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur from Vienna State Opera. The plot concerns a theatre group at the Comedie-Francaise in Paris. The leading actress, Adriana Lecouvreur is in love with Maurizio, the Count of Saxony. The Count loves her too, and wants to be with her instead of his former love, the Princess de Bouillon. When the Princess discovers her rival to be Adriana, she poisons her. Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala star.

2pm
Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Adriana Lecouvreur... Anna Netrebko (soprano)
Count of Saxony.... Piotr Beczala (tenor)
Michonnet....Roberto Frontali (baritone)
Princess de Bouillon... Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano)
Prince de Bouillon... Alexandru Moisiuc (bass)
Abbé of Chazeuil... Raúl Giménez (tenor)
Quinault....Ryan Speedo Green (bass)
Poisson....Pavel Kolgatin, (tenor)
Mlle Jouvenot...Bryony Dwyer (soprano)
Mlle Dangeville...Miriam Albano (mezzo-soprano)
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Evelino Pidò (conductor).

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Donizetti's La Favorite20180315

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

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

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: Rimsky-korsakov's The Snow Maiden20180517

Penny Gore presents our Thursday Opera Matinee: Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden.

Penny Gore presents this week's Opera Matinee; a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden, in a production from Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. The Snow Maiden has been raised in perpetual winter by her father, Frost and mother, Spring. Envious of the mortals in the village nearby, she yearns to experience their longings, passions and human emotions, and begs her parents to let her join them. They agree to let her be adopted by Bobyl-Bakula and his wife, with tragic consequences. A gorgeous and lyrical evocation of the natural world, Rimsky Korsakov's delightfully colourful, folk-inspired opera is based on a well-loved Russian fairy tale.

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden
The Snow Maiden, daughter of Spring and Frost....Olga Seliverstova (soprano)
Lel, a young poet....Alexandra Kadurina (contralto)
Kupava, a young maiden....Anna Nechaeva (soprano)
Mizgir, a merchant....Elchin Azizov (baritone)
Tsar Berendey....Bogdan Volkov (tenor)
Spring....Agunda Kulaeva (mezzo-soprano)
Frost....Gleb Nikolsky (bass)
Bobyl Bakula....Roman Muravitsky (tenor)
Bobylikha, wife of Bakula....Marina Lapina (mezzo-soprano)
Bermyata, confidant of the Tsar....Vladimir Komovich (bass)
Forest Sprite....Marat Gali (tenor)
First Herald....Vadim Babichuk (tenor)
Second Herald....Valery Gilmanov (bass)
Maslenitsa (Shrovetide effigy)....Nikolai Kazansky (bass)
Tsar's page....Eleonora Gvozdkova (mezzo-soprano)
Bolshoi Chorus
Bolshoi Orchestra
Tugan Sokhiev (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).

Thursday: Opera Matinee - Mozart's Cos\u00ec Fan Tutte20181004

Tom McKinney presents Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte, given at the 2017 Enescu Festival.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Mozart's satirical and sparkling opera Così fan tutte K.588 is given by Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski, from 2017's Enescu Festival in Bucharest. The opera wasn't particularly well-received at its premiere in 1790, and the subject matter remains divisive today as Don Alfonso tried to prove that no woman can be faithful to her lover. But romantic cynicism aside, the music brims with sublime arias and vocal fireworks, and in the end everyone agrees that's it better to laugh than to cry. It's presented by Tom McKinney.

Ana Maria Labin, Fiordiligi (soprano)
Giulia Semenzato, Despina (soprano)
Serena Walfi, Dorabella (mezzo-soprano)
Robert Gleadwo, Guglielmo (baritone)
Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Ferrando (tenor)
Jean-Sébastien Bou, Don Alfonso (baritone)

Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski, conductor

This afternoon's broadcast concludes our series of Mozart's Da Ponte opera trilogy. You can catch up with parts 1 and 2 via the BBC Radio Player.

Thursday: Opera Matinee - Mozart's Cos\u00ec Fan Tutte K.58820181004

Mozart's Cos\u00ec fan tutte K.588 given at the 2017 Enescu Festival, presented by Tom McKinney

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Thursday: Opera Matinee - Verdi's Aida20180913

Tom Redmond presents Verdi's Aida from the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond brings in the new season of Opera Matinees on Afternoon Concert with Verdi's Aida - a timeless tragedy set in ancient Egypt with themes of war, national pride, freedom-fighting and exile that are as relevant to today's Mediterranean basin as it would have been to Verdi in the 19th century. In keeping with the week's Belgian theme, this performance comes from the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Aida....Adina Aaron (soprano)
Radames....Andrea Care (tenor)
Amonasro....Dimitris Tiliakos (baritone)
Ramfis....Giacomo Prestia (bass)
King of Egypt....Enrico Lori (bas)
High Priestess....Tamara Banjesevic (soprano)
Messenger....Julian Hubbard (tenor)
Chorus of the Théatre de la Monnaie
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu (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.

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).

Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic20180626

Tom McKinney presents more performances from the BBC Philharmonic.

Tom McKinney presents more performances from the BBC Philharmonic, including the UK premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Horn Concerto and symphonies by Beethoven and Copland.

2pm:
Wagner - Rienzi, Overture
Wolfgang Rihm - Horn Concerto (UK premiere)
Weber orch. Berlioz - Invitation to the Dance
Beethoven - Symphony no 7 in A major Op 92
Stefan Dohr (horn)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.3.20pm:
Copland - Symphony no 1
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.3.45pm:
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto no 2 in C minor Op 18
Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Yutaka Sado (conductor)

c.4.20pm:
Alwyn - Fortune is a woman (music from the film): Prelude
BBC Philharmonic
Rumon Gamba (conductor)

c.4.25pm:
Webern - Five Pieces Op 10
BBC Philharmonic
Joshua Weilerstein (conductor)

c.4.30pm:
Mendelssohn - The Fair Melusina
BBC Philharmonic
Frederic Chaslin (conductor)

c.4.40pm:
Copland - Letter from home
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor)

c.4.45pm:
Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Litton (conductor).

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 Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180424

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Nielsen in Glasgow City Halls.

Georgia Mann continues a week of performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Today's programme begins with a concert centred around Nielsen. Soprano Denise Beck and the Danish String Quartet join the strings of the orchestra for a sequence of songs and miniatures before the composer's more familiar violin Concerto and Symphony no. 3. Plus Simon Callaghan is soloist in a new recording of the Piano Concerto by Bernhard Scholz.

2pm
Nielsen Polka in A major
Nielsen: Jens Vejmand
Denise Beck (Soprano) and Julia Lynch (piano)
Trad. Fem får, fire geder
Nielsen: Tit er jeg glad
Danish String Quartet + BBC SSO Strings
Trad. Minuet nr 60
Danish String Quartet + BBC SSO Strings and Oboe
Nielsen: Forunderligt at sige
Denise Beck (Soprano) and Julia Lynch (piano)
Trad: Dronningens Cotillion
Danish String Quartet + BBC SSO Strings
Nielsen: Som en rejselysten flåde
Denise Beck (Soprano) and Julia Lynch (piano)

Nielsen Concerto Op.33 for violin and orchestra
Nielsen Symphony no. 3 Op.27 (Sinfonia espansiva) [with S and Bar soloists]
Henning Kraggerud (violin)
Denise Beck (soprano)
Benjamin Appl (baritone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

c.3.45pm
Rachmaninov Vocalise (Op.34'14), orch. composer [orig. for voice and piano]
Tommy Smith (saxophone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Clark Rundell (conductor)

Scholz Concerto in B major Op.57 for piano and orchestra
Simon Callaghan (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

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.

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.

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).

Tuesday - Ulster Orchestra Live From Ulster Hall In Belfast20180515

The Ulster Orchestra performs Copland and Mendelssohn live from Ulster Hall in Belfast.

John Toal introduces the Ulster Orchestra in concert live from Ulster Hall in Belfast featuring the dazzling young clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe as soloist in Copland's concerto and Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony. After which we return to this week's featured ensemble, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, performing Mahler's mighty 7th symphony and the world premiere broadcast of John Croft's 'Lost songs' and Round for Orchestra by the Canadian composer Cassandra Miller.

2pm
Copland: Concerto for clarinet, strings, harp and piano
Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 in A minor Op.56 (Scottish)
Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet)
Ulster Orchestra
Roderick Cox (conductor)

c.3.05pm
Mahler: Symphony no. 7
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

c.4.25pm
John Croft: Lost songs for electronics and solo voice - World premiere
Cassandra Miller: Round (for Orchestra)
Juliet Fraser (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Tuesday: A Symphony Of Trees20180911

A Symphony of Trees by Piet Swerts performed in Ypres to commemorate World War I

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond continues with a week of concerts recorded in Belgium. Today's concert is the world premiere of the oratorio 'A Symphony of Trees' by the Belgian composer Piet Swerts, commissioned by the City of Ypres as a commemoration of the First World War. The programme also features music recorded at the Klarafestival in Brussels - Berg's Violin Concerto and Struass's Dance of the Sven Veils, performed by MusicAeterna conducted by Teodor Currentzis.

Piet Swerts: A Symphony of Trees: An Homage to Ivor Gurney and Ypres
Lee Bisset, soprano
Thomas Blondelle, tenor
Collegium de Dunis (Brugge)
Con Cuore (Waregem)
deCHORALE (Antwerpen)
Iepers Kamerkoor
Kortrijks Vocaal Ensemble
Laidos (Waregem)
Qui Vive (Desselgem)
Roeselaars Kamerkoor
Voices! (Knokke)
Canteclaer (Lo-Reninge)
Rondinella (Knokke)
Symphony Orchestra of Flanders
David Agnus, conductor
Recorded in St. Maartens Cathedral, Ypres

c.3.25pm:
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto
Patricia Kopatchinskaya, violin
MusicAeterna
Teodor Currentzis, director
Recorded at the Klarafestival, Brussels

c.3.55pm:
Richard Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils, from 'Salome'
MusicAeterna
Teodor Currentzis, director
Recorded at the Klarafestival, Brussels

c.4.05pm:
Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau) from 'Má Vlast (My Homeland)'
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor

c.4.20pm:
Berio: Folk Songs
Magdalena Kozena, mezzo-soprano
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor

Ulster Orchestra, Liszt, Dvorak20181031

Performances of Liszt, Dvorak, Brusa and Panufnik recorded by the Ulster Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Ulster Orchestra, Mozart, Bruckner20181029

The Ulster Orchestra in recorded performances of works by Mozart, Bruckner and Tomasi.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Ulster Orchestra, Rachmaninov, Ravel20181030

The Ulster Orchestra performs works by Rachmaninov. Ravel, Ina Boyle and Nina Young.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Ulster Orchestra, Schumann, Brahms20181102

Schumann, Brahms, Part and Jessie Montgomery in live recordings by the Ulster Orchestra.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

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.

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 Mediacityuk20180627

Tom McKinney with the second of this week's live concerts from the orchestra in Salford.

Tom McKinney presents the second of this week's live concerts from the orchestra's home in Salford. Today Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti performs Bartók's second violin concerto, followed by Brahms' second symphony.

2pm:
Bartók - Violin Concerto no 2
Brahms - Symphony no 2 in D major Op 73
Kristóf Baráti (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.3.20pm:
Copland - Down a Country Lane
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (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.

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).

Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live In Salford20180418

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

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 Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180516

Penny Gore presents the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in concert at Sage Gateshead.

Penny Gore presents the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in concert at Sage Gateshead performing music by Beethoven, Ravel and Berlioz.

2pm
Beethoven: Egmont - incidental music Op.84
Ravel: Piano concerto in G major
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Op.14
Steven Osborne (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier (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.

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.

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.

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).

Wednesday: Mahler's Ninth Symphony20180912

Mahler's Symphony No 9 in D recorded at the Klarafestival in Brussels

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras