|A Finnish New Year||20180101|
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
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
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
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
|Bbc Philharmonic Live From Mediacityuk, Salford||20171027|
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
Rachel Portman: Endangered
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture||20171108|
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.
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture||20171110|
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.
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture||20171113|
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
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture||20171114|
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.
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture||20171115|
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
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture||20171117|
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
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
Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg arr. John Barber: Somewhere over the rainbow from The Wizard of Oz (world premiere)
Shermann Brothers arr Jeffes/Rossiter: Children in Need Sherman Medley (world premiere)
ABBA arr Jeffes/Rossiter: ABBA-DABBA-DOO
Sly and the Family Stone arr John Barber : Everyday People
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture - Bbc Symphony Orchestra / Bbc Philharmonic Orchestra||20171106|
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.
|Breaking Free: A Century Of Russian Culture; Live From Lenin's London Office||20171107|
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
|Friday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales Live From Cardiff||20171020|
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.
Shostakovich: October - symphonic poem, Op.131
c.3.50pm back to the studio with Penny Gore
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op.82
|Friday - Bbc Philharmonic||20171208|
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.
|Friday - Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford||20171013|
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.
|Friday - Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra||20171124|
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.
|Friday - Radio France Philharmonic||20171006|
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.
|Friday - The Bbc Singers Live From Temple Church, City Of London & The Bbc Symphony Orchestra Live From Maida Vale||20171215|
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
3.15pm LIVE from Maida Vale, London, presented by Petroc Trelawny
Alexander Soumm (violin)
|Friday - The BBC Symphony Orchestra||20180202|
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.
|Friday - The 'best Of 2017' Featuring The Bbc Sso, Bbc Singers And Bbc So||20171229|
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.
|Friday - Ulster Orchestra||20171103|
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.
|Monday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales||20171016|
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.
Saint-Saëns: Phaéton - symphonic poem, Op.39
Peter Dickinson: Monologue for Strings
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op.19
Satie: Parade - ballet
|Monday - BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Afternoon Concert||20180122|
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.
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite from "Ala i Lolly", Op 20
|Monday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales Live In Cardiff||20171211|
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.
Claudia Huckle (contralto)
3.45pm - Back to Broadcasting House with Verity Sharp
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
|Monday - Bbc Philharmonic||20171009|
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.
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
|Monday - Bbc Philharmonic||20171204|
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".
|Monday - Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra||20171120|
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.
|Monday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra||20171023|
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.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18
Gershwin: An American in Paris
|Monday - European Concert Showcase||20171127|
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.
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11
|Monday - Radio France Philharmonic||20171002|
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.
|Monday - The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra||20180205|
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.
|Monday - The Best Of 2017 - Bbc Symphony Chorus||20171225|
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
BBC Symphony Chorus
|Monday - Ulster Orchestra||20171030|
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.
|New Year New Music||20180105|
Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen talks about Arvo Part.
With Jonathan Swain.
Arvo Pärt: Symphony No 4, 'Los Angeles'
|New Year New Music - Conductor Esa-pekka Salonen Talks About Conducting John Adams||20180102|
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
Kaija Saariaho: Harp Concerto
|New Year New Music: Thursday Opera Matinee||20180104|
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
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
|New Year, New Music - Conductor Esa-pekka Salonen Talks About Electronic Music||20180103|
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
|Opera Matinee: Rimsky-korsakov's The Golden Cockerel||20171109|
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.
Tsar Dodon.. Dmitiri Ulyanov (bass)
|Opera Matinee: Rossini's Barber Of Seville||20180118|
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)
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.
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Beethoven's Fidelio||20180111|
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.
Honegger: Pacific 231
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Cavalli's Erismena||20171228|
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.
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia||20171123|
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.
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Handel's Rinaldo||20171005|
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)
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Jacopo Foroni's Margherita||20171130|
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.
Conte Rodolfo....Yuriy Yurchuk (baritone)
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
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Mozart's Don Giovanni||20171026|
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.
|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.
Elgar: Grania and Diarmid: Incidental Music and Funeral March
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Rossini's Moses in Egypt||20180125|
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.
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Strauss's Salome||20171102|
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)
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
Rachmaninov: Caprice Bohemian Op. 12
|Thursday - Opera Matinee: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin||20171207|
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.
|Thursday - The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra Live From Glasgow And The Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford||20171214|
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
Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
3.45pm Presented by Tom Redmond LIVE from MediaCityUK, Salford.
Martin Roscoe (piano)
|Thursday Opera Matinee - Verdi's Nabucco||20171019|
Penny Gore presents Verdi's Nabucco, in a 2013 performance from the Royal Opera House.
|Thursday Opera Matinee: Chabrier's L'etoile||20171221|
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)
Royal Opera House Chorus
|Thursday- Opera matinee: Giordano's Siberia||20180201|
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.
|Thursday Opera Matinee: Prokofiev's The Gambler||20171116|
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)
2pm Act 1
2.25pm Act 2
3pm Act 3
3.25pm Act 4
|Tuesday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales||20171017|
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.
Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches - suite in A major
|Tuesday - BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Afternoon Concert||20180123|
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.
|Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic||20171010|
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.
|Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live At Mediacityuk In Salford||20180109|
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
|Tuesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford||20171205|
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.
Ginastera: Dances from 'Estancia'
|Tuesday - Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra||20171121|
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.
|Tuesday - Bbc Symphony Orchestra And Chorus||20171024|
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.
Musorgsky ed Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on the Bare Mountain
Saint-Saëns: La princesse jaune, Op 30
|Tuesday - European Concert Showcase||20171128|
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.
Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
|Tuesday - Radio France Philharmonic||20171003|
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.
|Tuesday - The Bbc Concert Orchestra, Live From Watford Colosseum||20171212|
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
3.50pm - Back to the studio with Jonathan Swain
|Tuesday - The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra||20180206|
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.
Tippett: Symphony No 2
Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F major, Op 90
|Tuesday - The Best Of 2017 - Bbc Concert Orchestra, Bbc Singers And Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales||20171226|
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
|Tuesday - Ulster Orchestra||20171031|
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.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
|Wednesday - Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales||20171018|
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.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
|Wednesday - BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Afternoon Concert||20180124|
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.
|Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic||20171011|
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.
|Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic||20171206|
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'.
|Wednesday - Bbc Philharmonic Live From Salford||20171122|
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
|Wednesday - Bbc Singers||20171025|
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.
|Wednesday - BBC Singers perform Leonard Bernstein||20180131|
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.
|Wednesday - European Concert Showcase||20171129|
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.
|Wednesday - Radio France Philharmonic||20171004|
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.
|Wednesday - The Bbc Philharmonic Live From Mediacityuk Salford||20180207|
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.
|Wednesday - The Best Of 2017 - Bbc Philharmonic||20171227|
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.
|Wednesday - The Ulster Orchestra Live With Music By Mendelssohn And Liszt||20171213|
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
Lauma Skride (piano)
|Wednesday - Ulster Orchestra||20171101|
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.