BBC National Orchestra Of Wales - Entente Cordiale

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AO30120130107"Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations.

The week opens with a concert given in North Wales last month - at the Pritchard Jones Hall at Bangor University. Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes opens his concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales playing Sea Sketches by Grace Williams. ""I've lived most of my life within sight of the sea,"" she said ""and I shall never tire of liking at it and listening to its wonderful sounds"". Much of her time was spent in Barry in South Wales, overlooking the Bristol Channel. This set of five atmospheric sketches for strings is dedicated to her parents ""who had the good sense to set up home on the coast of Glamorgan"".

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch is the soloist in the Concertino by another female composer, Germaine Tailleferre. One of the group known as ""Les Six"" in Paris in the 1920s, she was also a friend of Ravel. At the Paris Conservatoire she took harp lessons in order to write well for the instrument, and her studies paid off in her Concertino, which was premiered in America with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitzky. Ravel was one of many French composers to be commissioned for harp music in the early twentieth century - when rival harp manufacturers were competing to corner the market. The Introduction and Allegro was his showpiece for the pedal harp, and it's played here with a small string section, rather than the original chamber ensemble.

Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes joins us in the studio to talk about the last work in this concert, Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony, a serene and pastoral work written in the turbulence of the Second World War. Owain celebrated his 70th birthday last year, and from the BBC archive, we hear him conducting a work by his father, Arwel Hughes, who was a pupil of Vaughan Williams. We return to VW's music from the opposite side of the British Isles, his Norfolk Rhapsody, from a recent studio session conducted by David Atherton; and finally this afternoon, the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Thomas Søndergård conducts the most colourful of all French seascapes - Debussy's La Mer.

Williams: Sea Sketches

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Tailleferre: Concertino

Catrin Finch (harp),

c. 2.30pm

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

c. 2.40pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

c. 3.20pm

Arwel Hughes: Overture to Owain Glyndwr

c. 3.35pm

Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 3.50m

Debussy: La mer

Thomas Søndergård (condcutor)."

AO30120130107"

Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations.

The week opens with a concert given in North Wales last month - at the Pritchard Jones Hall at Bangor University. Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes opens his concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales playing Sea Sketches by Grace Williams. ""I've lived most of my life within sight of the sea,"" she said ""and I shall never tire of liking at it and listening to its wonderful sounds"". Much of her time was spent in Barry in South Wales, overlooking the Bristol Channel. This set of five atmospheric sketches for strings is dedicated to her parents ""who had the good sense to set up home on the coast of Glamorgan"".

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch is the soloist in the Concertino by another female composer, Germaine Tailleferre. One of the group known as ""Les Six"" in Paris in the 1920s, she was also a friend of Ravel. At the Paris Conservatoire she took harp lessons in order to write well for the instrument, and her studies paid off in her Concertino, which was premiered in America with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitzky. Ravel was one of many French composers to be commissioned for harp music in the early twentieth century - when rival harp manufacturers were competing to corner the market. The Introduction and Allegro was his showpiece for the pedal harp, and it's played here with a small string section, rather than the original chamber ensemble.

Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes joins us in the studio to talk about the last work in this concert, Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony, a serene and pastoral work written in the turbulence of the Second World War. Owain celebrated his 70th birthday last year, and from the BBC archive, we hear him conducting a work by his father, Arwel Hughes, who was a pupil of Vaughan Williams. We return to VW's music from the opposite side of the British Isles, his Norfolk Rhapsody, from a recent studio session conducted by David Atherton; and finally this afternoon, the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Thomas Søndergård conducts the most colourful of all French seascapes - Debussy's La Mer.

Williams: Sea Sketches

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Tailleferre: Concertino

Catrin Finch (harp),

c. 2.30pm

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

c. 2.40pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

c. 3.20pm

Arwel Hughes: Overture to Owain Glyndwr

c. 3.35pm

Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 3.50m

Debussy: La mer

Thomas Søndergård (condcutor)."

AO30120130107"Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations.

The week opens with a concert given in North Wales last month - at the Pritchard Jones Hall at Bangor University. Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes opens his concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales playing Sea Sketches by Grace Williams. ""I've lived most of my life within sight of the sea,"" she said ""and I shall never tire of liking at it and listening to its wonderful sounds"". Much of her time was spent in Barry in South Wales, overlooking the Bristol Channel. This set of five atmospheric sketches for strings is dedicated to her parents ""who had the good sense to set up home on the coast of Glamorgan"".

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch is the soloist in the Concertino by another female composer, Germaine Tailleferre. One of the group known as ""Les Six"" in Paris in the 1920s, she was also a friend of Ravel. At the Paris Conservatoire she took harp lessons in order to write well for the instrument, and her studies paid off in her Concertino, which was premiered in America with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitzky. Ravel was one of many French composers to be commissioned for harp music in the early twentieth century - when rival harp manufacturers were competing to corner the market. The Introduction and Allegro was his showpiece for the pedal harp, and it's played here with a small string section, rather than the original chamber ensemble.

Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes joins us in the studio to talk about the last work in this concert, Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony, a serene and pastoral work written in the turbulence of the Second World War. Owain celebrated his 70th birthday last year, and from the BBC archive, we hear him conducting a work by his father, Arwel Hughes, who was a pupil of Vaughan Williams. We return to VW's music from the opposite side of the British Isles, his Norfolk Rhapsody, from a recent studio session conducted by David Atherton; and finally this afternoon, the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Thomas Søndergård conducts the most colourful of all French seascapes - Debussy's La Mer.

Williams: Sea Sketches

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Tailleferre: Concertino

Catrin Finch (harp),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 2.30pm

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

Catrin Finch (harp)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 2.40pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 3.20pm

Arwel Hughes: Overture to Owain Glyndwr

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 3.35pm

Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 3.50m

Debussy: La mer

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Thomas Søndergård (condcutor)."

AO30120130107"Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations.

The week opens with a concert given in North Wales last month - at the Pritchard Jones Hall at Bangor University. Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes opens his concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales playing Sea Sketches by Grace Williams. ""I've lived most of my life within sight of the sea,"" she said ""and I shall never tire of liking at it and listening to its wonderful sounds"". Much of her time was spent in Barry in South Wales, overlooking the Bristol Channel. This set of five atmospheric sketches for strings is dedicated to her parents ""who had the good sense to set up home on the coast of Glamorgan"".

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch is the soloist in the Concertino by another female composer, Germaine Tailleferre. One of the group known as ""Les Six"" in Paris in the 1920s, she was also a friend of Ravel. At the Paris Conservatoire she took harp lessons in order to write well for the instrument, and her studies paid off in her Concertino, which was premiered in America with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitzky. Ravel was one of many French composers to be commissioned for harp music in the early twentieth century - when rival harp manufacturers were competing to corner the market. The Introduction and Allegro was his showpiece for the pedal harp, and it's played here with a small string section, rather than the original chamber ensemble.

Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes joins us in the studio to talk about the last work in this concert, Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony, a serene and pastoral work written in the turbulence of the Second World War. Owain celebrated his 70th birthday last year, and from the BBC archive, we hear him conducting a work by his father, Arwel Hughes, who was a pupil of Vaughan Williams. We return to VW's music from the opposite side of the British Isles, his Norfolk Rhapsody, from a recent studio session conducted by David Atherton; and finally this afternoon, the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Thomas Søndergård conducts the most colourful of all French seascapes - Debussy's La Mer.

Williams: Sea Sketches

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Tailleferre: Concertino

Catrin Finch (harp),

c. 2.30pm

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

c. 2.40pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

c. 3.20pm

Arwel Hughes: Overture to Owain Glyndwr

c. 3.35pm

Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 3.50m

Debussy: La mer

Thomas Søndergård (condcutor).

Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations.

The week opens with a concert given in North Wales last month - at the Pritchard Jones Hall at Bangor University. Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes opens his concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales playing Sea Sketches by Grace Williams. ""I've lived most of my life within sight of the sea,"" she said ""and I shall never tire of liking at it and listening to its wonderful sounds"". Much of her time was spent in Barry in South Wales, overlooking the Bristol Channel. This set of five atmospheric sketches for strings is dedicated to her parents ""who had the good sense to set up home on the coast of Glamorgan"".

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch is the soloist in the Concertino by another female composer, Germaine Tailleferre. One of the group known as ""Les Six"" in Paris in the 1920s, she was also a friend of Ravel. At the Paris Conservatoire she took harp lessons in order to write well for the instrument, and her studies paid off in her Concertino, which was premiered in America with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitzky. Ravel was one of many French composers to be commissioned for harp music in the early twentieth century - when rival harp manufacturers were competing to corner the market. The Introduction and Allegro was his showpiece for the pedal harp, and it's played here with a small string section, rather than the original chamber ensemble.

Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes joins us in the studio to talk about the last work in this concert, Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony, a serene and pastoral work written in the turbulence of the Second World War. Owain celebrated his 70th birthday last year, and from the BBC archive, we hear him conducting a work by his father, Arwel Hughes, who was a pupil of Vaughan Williams. We return to VW's music from the opposite side of the British Isles, his Norfolk Rhapsody, from a recent studio session conducted by David Atherton; and finally this afternoon, the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Thomas Søndergård conducts the most colourful of all French seascapes - Debussy's La Mer.

Williams: Sea Sketches

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Tailleferre: Concertino

Catrin Finch (harp),

c. 2.30pm

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

c. 2.40pm

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

c. 3.20pm

Arwel Hughes: Overture to Owain Glyndwr

c. 3.35pm

Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 3.50m

Debussy: La mer

Thomas Søndergård (condcutor)."

AO30120130107
AO30220130108"Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations..

The BBC NOW continues the Cornish theme of this week's lunchtime concerts with Tintagel by Arnold Bax, a musical picture of the dramatic castle on the North Cornish coast with strong links to Arthurian legends.

Vernon Handley conducts from a concert recorded in Truro cathedral. We continue along the Bristol Channel to the river Severn for a short and enchanting Rhapsody by Gerald Finzi. From the same studio session conducted by David Atherton, we cross the Severn to Wales for Malcolm Arnold's set of Welsh dances, written late in life, a dark contrast to his brighter English Dances which you can hear later in the week. Further along the coast we come to Swansea, birthplace of Welsh flautist Emily Beynon, who is now Principal with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. A past Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Emily recently returned to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to record a concerto CD: today we hear Poulenc's bittersweet sonata as orchestrated by his long-time friend, Lennox Berkeley.

More nautical-themed music appears on the horizon with Stanford's Songs of the Fleet, sung by Gerald Finley. Originally written for the Jubilee Congress of Naval Architects in 1910, this is a suitably stirring collection of songs, in turn solemn and spirited, including an evocative picture of great dreadnought battleships sailing at dawn. The final song ""Fare Well"" was to have a particular significance in the wake of the First World War. The programme continues with more French music, this time from Bangor in north Wales, where Francois-Xavier Roth - the BBC NOW's Associate Guest Conductor - conducts the symphonic fragments from Albert Roussel's anthropomorphic ballet The Spider's Banquet. And finally this afternoon, another ballet score - the one that took Paris by storm in 1910: Stravinsky's Firebird. As Diaghilev's friend the artist Alexandre Benois commented, ""music more poetic, more expressive, more beautiful-sounding and phantasmagoric cannot be imagined"".

Bax: Tintagel

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Vernon Handley (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.25pm

Arnold: Welsh Dances

c. 2.35pm

Poulenc (orch. Berkeley): Flute Sonata

Emily Beynon (flute),

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

c. 2.50pm

Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

Gerald Finley (baritone),

Richard Hickox (conductor).

c. 3.15pm

Roussel - Le Festin de l'araignée: Symphonic Fragments

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor).

c. 3.30pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Thierry Fischer (conductor)."

AO30220130108"

Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations..

The BBC NOW continues the Cornish theme of this week's lunchtime concerts with Tintagel by Arnold Bax, a musical picture of the dramatic castle on the North Cornish coast with strong links to Arthurian legends.

Vernon Handley conducts from a concert recorded in Truro cathedral. We continue along the Bristol Channel to the river Severn for a short and enchanting Rhapsody by Gerald Finzi. From the same studio session conducted by David Atherton, we cross the Severn to Wales for Malcolm Arnold's set of Welsh dances, written late in life, a dark contrast to his brighter English Dances which you can hear later in the week. Further along the coast we come to Swansea, birthplace of Welsh flautist Emily Beynon, who is now Principal with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. A past Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Emily recently returned to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to record a concerto CD: today we hear Poulenc's bittersweet sonata as orchestrated by his long-time friend, Lennox Berkeley.

More nautical-themed music appears on the horizon with Stanford's Songs of the Fleet, sung by Gerald Finley. Originally written for the Jubilee Congress of Naval Architects in 1910, this is a suitably stirring collection of songs, in turn solemn and spirited, including an evocative picture of great dreadnought battleships sailing at dawn. The final song ""Fare Well"" was to have a particular significance in the wake of the First World War. The programme continues with more French music, this time from Bangor in north Wales, where Francois-Xavier Roth - the BBC NOW's Associate Guest Conductor - conducts the symphonic fragments from Albert Roussel's anthropomorphic ballet The Spider's Banquet. And finally this afternoon, another ballet score - the one that took Paris by storm in 1910: Stravinsky's Firebird. As Diaghilev's friend the artist Alexandre Benois commented, ""music more poetic, more expressive, more beautiful-sounding and phantasmagoric cannot be imagined"".

Bax: Tintagel

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Vernon Handley (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.25pm

Arnold: Welsh Dances

c. 2.35pm

Poulenc (orch. Berkeley): Flute Sonata

Emily Beynon (flute),

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

c. 2.50pm

Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

Gerald Finley (baritone),

Richard Hickox (conductor).

c. 3.15pm

Roussel - Le Festin de l'araignée: Symphonic Fragments

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor).

c. 3.30pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Thierry Fischer (conductor)."

AO30220130108"Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations..

The BBC NOW continues the Cornish theme of this week's lunchtime concerts with Tintagel by Arnold Bax, a musical picture of the dramatic castle on the North Cornish coast with strong links to Arthurian legends.

Vernon Handley conducts from a concert recorded in Truro cathedral. We continue along the Bristol Channel to the river Severn for a short and enchanting Rhapsody by Gerald Finzi. From the same studio session conducted by David Atherton, we cross the Severn to Wales for Malcolm Arnold's set of Welsh dances, written late in life, a dark contrast to his brighter English Dances which you can hear later in the week. Further along the coast we come to Swansea, birthplace of Welsh flautist Emily Beynon, who is now Principal with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. A past Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Emily recently returned to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to record a concerto CD: today we hear Poulenc's bittersweet sonata as orchestrated by his long-time friend, Lennox Berkeley.

More nautical-themed music appears on the horizon with Stanford's Songs of the Fleet, sung by Gerald Finley. Originally written for the Jubilee Congress of Naval Architects in 1910, this is a suitably stirring collection of songs, in turn solemn and spirited, including an evocative picture of great dreadnought battleships sailing at dawn. The final song ""Fare Well"" was to have a particular significance in the wake of the First World War. The programme continues with more French music, this time from Bangor in north Wales, where Francois-Xavier Roth - the BBC NOW's Associate Guest Conductor - conducts the symphonic fragments from Albert Roussel's anthropomorphic ballet The Spider's Banquet. And finally this afternoon, another ballet score - the one that took Paris by storm in 1910: Stravinsky's Firebird. As Diaghilev's friend the artist Alexandre Benois commented, ""music more poetic, more expressive, more beautiful-sounding and phantasmagoric cannot be imagined"".

Bax: Tintagel

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Vernon Handley (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.25pm

Arnold: Welsh Dances

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.35pm

Poulenc (orch. Berkeley): Flute Sonata

Emily Beynon (flute),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

c. 2.50pm

Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

Gerald Finley (baritone),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Richard Hickox (conductor).

c. 3.15pm

Roussel - Le Festin de l'araignée: Symphonic Fragments

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor).

c. 3.30pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Thierry Fischer (conductor)."

AO30220130108"Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations..

The BBC NOW continues the Cornish theme of this week's lunchtime concerts with Tintagel by Arnold Bax, a musical picture of the dramatic castle on the North Cornish coast with strong links to Arthurian legends.

Vernon Handley conducts from a concert recorded in Truro cathedral. We continue along the Bristol Channel to the river Severn for a short and enchanting Rhapsody by Gerald Finzi. From the same studio session conducted by David Atherton, we cross the Severn to Wales for Malcolm Arnold's set of Welsh dances, written late in life, a dark contrast to his brighter English Dances which you can hear later in the week. Further along the coast we come to Swansea, birthplace of Welsh flautist Emily Beynon, who is now Principal with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. A past Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Emily recently returned to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to record a concerto CD: today we hear Poulenc's bittersweet sonata as orchestrated by his long-time friend, Lennox Berkeley.

More nautical-themed music appears on the horizon with Stanford's Songs of the Fleet, sung by Gerald Finley. Originally written for the Jubilee Congress of Naval Architects in 1910, this is a suitably stirring collection of songs, in turn solemn and spirited, including an evocative picture of great dreadnought battleships sailing at dawn. The final song ""Fare Well"" was to have a particular significance in the wake of the First World War. The programme continues with more French music, this time from Bangor in north Wales, where Francois-Xavier Roth - the BBC NOW's Associate Guest Conductor - conducts the symphonic fragments from Albert Roussel's anthropomorphic ballet The Spider's Banquet. And finally this afternoon, another ballet score - the one that took Paris by storm in 1910: Stravinsky's Firebird. As Diaghilev's friend the artist Alexandre Benois commented, ""music more poetic, more expressive, more beautiful-sounding and phantasmagoric cannot be imagined"".

Bax: Tintagel

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Vernon Handley (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.25pm

Arnold: Welsh Dances

c. 2.35pm

Poulenc (orch. Berkeley): Flute Sonata

Emily Beynon (flute),

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

c. 2.50pm

Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

Gerald Finley (baritone),

Richard Hickox (conductor).

c. 3.15pm

Roussel - Le Festin de l'araignée: Symphonic Fragments

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor).

c. 3.30pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

Penny Gore presents a week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with music from Britain and France, and featuring works inspired by the sea that separates the two nations..

The BBC NOW continues the Cornish theme of this week's lunchtime concerts with Tintagel by Arnold Bax, a musical picture of the dramatic castle on the North Cornish coast with strong links to Arthurian legends.

Vernon Handley conducts from a concert recorded in Truro cathedral. We continue along the Bristol Channel to the river Severn for a short and enchanting Rhapsody by Gerald Finzi. From the same studio session conducted by David Atherton, we cross the Severn to Wales for Malcolm Arnold's set of Welsh dances, written late in life, a dark contrast to his brighter English Dances which you can hear later in the week. Further along the coast we come to Swansea, birthplace of Welsh flautist Emily Beynon, who is now Principal with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. A past Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Emily recently returned to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to record a concerto CD: today we hear Poulenc's bittersweet sonata as orchestrated by his long-time friend, Lennox Berkeley.

More nautical-themed music appears on the horizon with Stanford's Songs of the Fleet, sung by Gerald Finley. Originally written for the Jubilee Congress of Naval Architects in 1910, this is a suitably stirring collection of songs, in turn solemn and spirited, including an evocative picture of great dreadnought battleships sailing at dawn. The final song ""Fare Well"" was to have a particular significance in the wake of the First World War. The programme continues with more French music, this time from Bangor in north Wales, where Francois-Xavier Roth - the BBC NOW's Associate Guest Conductor - conducts the symphonic fragments from Albert Roussel's anthropomorphic ballet The Spider's Banquet. And finally this afternoon, another ballet score - the one that took Paris by storm in 1910: Stravinsky's Firebird. As Diaghilev's friend the artist Alexandre Benois commented, ""music more poetic, more expressive, more beautiful-sounding and phantasmagoric cannot be imagined"".

Bax: Tintagel

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Vernon Handley (conductor).

c. 2.15pm

Finzi: A Severn Rhapsody

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.25pm

Arnold: Welsh Dances

c. 2.35pm

Poulenc (orch. Berkeley): Flute Sonata

Emily Beynon (flute),

Bramwell Tovey (conductor).

c. 2.50pm

Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

Gerald Finley (baritone),

Richard Hickox (conductor).

c. 3.15pm

Roussel - Le Festin de l'araignée: Symphonic Fragments

Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor).

c. 3.30pm

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Thierry Fischer (conductor)."

AO30220130108
AO30320130109"Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this week's 'entente cordiale' theme, with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

Afternoon on 3 today opens and closes with the two sets of Malcolm Arnold's English Dances. Both were written in the 1950s, designed to be Britain's answer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. These brilliantly orchestrated miniatures were inspired by English folk music rather than quoting directly any particular song, and they've remained popular ever since.

In between, we return to the sea, and - from a tour the BBC National Orchestra of Wales made to Italy - a concert from Modena given as part of a festival devoted to music and water.

Takemitsu's haunting evocation of the sea features solo harp and alto flute, a perfect impressionistic miniature. Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Fifth Piano Concerto by Saint-Saens - nicknamed the 'Egyptian': the music came to the composer as he took a cruise to Egypt and the Far East. It's full of musical memories from his journey, including a Nubian love-song he heard on the river Nile. The last movement is also said to include the sound of the ship's propellors...

We set sail back to Britain and the Suffolk coast for the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Opera Peter Grimes. According to composer David Matthews, no other orchestral work - apart from Debussy's La Mer - is so successful in describing the sea in all its aspects.

Arnold: English Dances, Set 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.10pm

Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II

Catrin Finch (Harp),

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.20pm

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'

Nicholas Angelich (piano),

c. 2.50pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

c. 3.10pm

Arnold: English Dances, Set 2"

AO30320130109"Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this week's 'entente cordiale' theme, with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

Afternoon on 3 today opens and closes with the two sets of Malcolm Arnold's English Dances. Both were written in the 1950s, designed to be Britain's answer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. These brilliantly orchestrated miniatures were inspired by English folk music rather than quoting directly any particular song, and they've remained popular ever since.

In between, we return to the sea, and - from a tour the BBC National Orchestra of Wales made to Italy - a concert from Modena given as part of a festival devoted to music and water.

Takemitsu's haunting evocation of the sea features solo harp and alto flute, a perfect impressionistic miniature. Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Fifth Piano Concerto by Saint-Saens - nicknamed the 'Egyptian': the music came to the composer as he took a cruise to Egypt and the Far East. It's full of musical memories from his journey, including a Nubian love-song he heard on the river Nile. The last movement is also said to include the sound of the ship's propellors...

We set sail back to Britain and the Suffolk coast for the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Opera Peter Grimes. According to composer David Matthews, no other orchestral work - apart from Debussy's La Mer - is so successful in describing the sea in all its aspects.

Arnold: English Dances, Set 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.10pm

Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II

Catrin Finch (Harp),

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.20pm

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'

Nicholas Angelich (piano),

c. 2.50pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

c. 3.10pm

Arnold: English Dances, Set 2

"

AO30320130109"

Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this week's 'entente cordiale' theme, with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

Afternoon on 3 today opens and closes with the two sets of Malcolm Arnold's English Dances. Both were written in the 1950s, designed to be Britain's answer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. These brilliantly orchestrated miniatures were inspired by English folk music rather than quoting directly any particular song, and they've remained popular ever since.

In between, we return to the sea, and - from a tour the BBC National Orchestra of Wales made to Italy - a concert from Modena given as part of a festival devoted to music and water.

Takemitsu's haunting evocation of the sea features solo harp and alto flute, a perfect impressionistic miniature. Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Fifth Piano Concerto by Saint-Saens - nicknamed the 'Egyptian': the music came to the composer as he took a cruise to Egypt and the Far East. It's full of musical memories from his journey, including a Nubian love-song he heard on the river Nile. The last movement is also said to include the sound of the ship's propellors...

We set sail back to Britain and the Suffolk coast for the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Opera Peter Grimes. According to composer David Matthews, no other orchestral work - apart from Debussy's La Mer - is so successful in describing the sea in all its aspects.

Arnold: English Dances, Set 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.10pm

Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II

Catrin Finch (Harp),

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.20pm

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'

Nicholas Angelich (piano),

c. 2.50pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

c. 3.10pm

Arnold: English Dances, Set 2"

AO30320130109"Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this week's 'entente cordiale' theme, with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

Afternoon on 3 today opens and closes with the two sets of Malcolm Arnold's English Dances. Both were written in the 1950s, designed to be Britain's answer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. These brilliantly orchestrated miniatures were inspired by English folk music rather than quoting directly any particular song, and they've remained popular ever since.

In between, we return to the sea, and - from a tour the BBC National Orchestra of Wales made to Italy - a concert from Modena given as part of a festival devoted to music and water.

Takemitsu's haunting evocation of the sea features solo harp and alto flute, a perfect impressionistic miniature. Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Fifth Piano Concerto by Saint-Saens - nicknamed the 'Egyptian': the music came to the composer as he took a cruise to Egypt and the Far East. It's full of musical memories from his journey, including a Nubian love-song he heard on the river Nile. The last movement is also said to include the sound of the ship's propellors...

We set sail back to Britain and the Suffolk coast for the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Opera Peter Grimes. According to composer David Matthews, no other orchestral work - apart from Debussy's La Mer - is so successful in describing the sea in all its aspects.

Arnold: English Dances, Set 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.10pm

Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II

Catrin Finch (Harp),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.20pm

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'

Nicholas Angelich (piano),

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.50pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 3.10pm

Arnold: English Dances, Set 2

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor)."

AO30320130109"Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this week's 'entente cordiale' theme, with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

Afternoon on 3 today opens and closes with the two sets of Malcolm Arnold's English Dances. Both were written in the 1950s, designed to be Britain's answer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. These brilliantly orchestrated miniatures were inspired by English folk music rather than quoting directly any particular song, and they've remained popular ever since.

In between, we return to the sea, and - from a tour the BBC National Orchestra of Wales made to Italy - a concert from Modena given as part of a festival devoted to music and water.

Takemitsu's haunting evocation of the sea features solo harp and alto flute, a perfect impressionistic miniature. Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Fifth Piano Concerto by Saint-Saens - nicknamed the 'Egyptian': the music came to the composer as he took a cruise to Egypt and the Far East. It's full of musical memories from his journey, including a Nubian love-song he heard on the river Nile. The last movement is also said to include the sound of the ship's propellors...

We set sail back to Britain and the Suffolk coast for the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Opera Peter Grimes. According to composer David Matthews, no other orchestral work - apart from Debussy's La Mer - is so successful in describing the sea in all its aspects.

Arnold: English Dances, Set 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.10pm

Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II

Catrin Finch (Harp),

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.20pm

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'

Nicholas Angelich (piano),

c. 2.50pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

c. 3.10pm

Arnold: English Dances, Set 2

Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this week's 'entente cordiale' theme, with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

Afternoon on 3 today opens and closes with the two sets of Malcolm Arnold's English Dances. Both were written in the 1950s, designed to be Britain's answer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. These brilliantly orchestrated miniatures were inspired by English folk music rather than quoting directly any particular song, and they've remained popular ever since.

In between, we return to the sea, and - from a tour the BBC National Orchestra of Wales made to Italy - a concert from Modena given as part of a festival devoted to music and water.

Takemitsu's haunting evocation of the sea features solo harp and alto flute, a perfect impressionistic miniature. Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Fifth Piano Concerto by Saint-Saens - nicknamed the 'Egyptian': the music came to the composer as he took a cruise to Egypt and the Far East. It's full of musical memories from his journey, including a Nubian love-song he heard on the river Nile. The last movement is also said to include the sound of the ship's propellors...

We set sail back to Britain and the Suffolk coast for the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Opera Peter Grimes. According to composer David Matthews, no other orchestral work - apart from Debussy's La Mer - is so successful in describing the sea in all its aspects.

Arnold: English Dances, Set 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.10pm

Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II

Catrin Finch (Harp),

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.20pm

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'

Nicholas Angelich (piano),

c. 2.50pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

c. 3.10pm

Arnold: English Dances, Set 2"

AO30320130109
AO30320130109

Penny Gore presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in this week's 'entente cordiale' theme, with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

Afternoon on 3 today opens and closes with the two sets of Malcolm Arnold's English Dances. Both were written in the 1950s, designed to be Britain's answer to Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. These brilliantly orchestrated miniatures were inspired by English folk music rather than quoting directly any particular song, and they've remained popular ever since.

In between, we return to the sea, and - from a tour the BBC National Orchestra of Wales made to Italy - a concert from Modena given as part of a festival devoted to music and water.

Takemitsu's haunting evocation of the sea features solo harp and alto flute, a perfect impressionistic miniature. Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Fifth Piano Concerto by Saint-Saens - nicknamed the 'Egyptian': the music came to the composer as he took a cruise to Egypt and the Far East. It's full of musical memories from his journey, including a Nubian love-song he heard on the river Nile. The last movement is also said to include the sound of the ship's propellors...

We set sail back to Britain and the Suffolk coast for the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's Opera Peter Grimes. According to composer David Matthews, no other orchestral work - apart from Debussy's La Mer - is so successful in describing the sea in all its aspects.

Arnold: English Dances, Set 1

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

David Atherton (conductor).

c. 2.10pm

Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II

Catrin Finch (Harp),

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

c. 2.20pm

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'

Nicholas Angelich (piano),

c. 2.50pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

c. 3.10pm

Arnold: English Dances, Set 2

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"Penny Gore concludes her week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

This final programme opens with a concert given by the BBC NOW and conductor Martyn Brabbins on Tuesday night.

First, a UK premiere by John Pickard, who celebrates his 50th birthday this year. As well as composing, John is currently Professor of Composition and Applied Musicology at the University of Bristol, but his earlier musical studies were in Wales, at Bangor University with William Mathias. Tenebrae was written in 2008 and it explores the darkest colours of the orchestra, whilst also taking its influence from the dark story of Don Carlo Gesualdo, the Italian Renaissance composer whose intense and chromatic music paralleled the dark goings on of his own private life.

2013 also marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales begin a short season of Britten's concertante works with the Violin Concerto, with soloist Matthew Trusler. From Britten, we turn to his teacher, Frank Bridge, whose suite The Sea became his greatest and most lasting success, exploiting the full colours and textures of the orchestra. Bridge wrote it in Eastbourne, overlooking the channel, where a few years earlier Debussy had put the finishing touches to his seascape, La Mer, in the Grand Hotel.

Finally this afternoon, Ravel's great score for Diaghilev's ballet Daphnis et Chloé, from a concert conducted by Thierry Fischer to close the orchestra's 2011 season at St. David's Hall in Cardiff. The story of nymph and shepherd discovering their sexuality was originally written down in ancient Greece in the third century; in this version, Chloé gets abducted by a band of marauding pirates to prolong the action. Fortunately all ends happily and the final daybreak and general dance rank among the most gloriously orchestrated pieces in the repertoire.

Pickard: Tenebrae (UK premiere)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

c, 2.25pm

Britten: Violin Concerto

Matthew Trusler (violin),

c. 2.55pm

Bridge: The Sea

c. 3.20pm

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Thierry Fischer (conductor).

"

"Penny Gore concludes her week of programmes by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrating the 'entente cordiale' with French and British music, including works inspired by the sea.

This final programme opens with a concert given by the BBC NOW and conductor Martyn Brabbins on Tuesday night.

First, a UK premiere by John Pickard, who celebrates his 50th birthday this year. As well as composing, John is currently Professor of Composition and Applied Musicology at the University of Bristol, but his earlier musical studies were in Wales, at Bangor University with William Mathias. Tenebrae was written in 2008 and it explores the darkest colours of the orchestra, whilst also taking its influence from the dark story of Don Carlo Gesualdo, the Italian Renaissance composer whose intense and chromatic music paralleled the dark goings on of his own private life.

Finally this afternoon, Ravel's great score for Diaghilev's ballet Daphnis et Chloé, from a concert conducted by Thierry Fischer to close the orchestra's 2011 season at St. David's Hall in Cardiff. The story of nymph and shepherd discovering their sexuality was originally written down in ancient Greece in the third century; in this version, Chloé gets abducted by a band of marauding pirates to prolong the action. Fortunately all ends happily and the final daybreak and general dance rank among the most gloriously orchestrated pieces in the repertoire.

Thierry Fischer (conductor)."