BBC Philharmonic On Tour

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AO30120130513

With Katie Derham.

The BBC Philharmonic returned a couple of weeks ago from Japan, a tour with many of the concerts sold out within hours of going on sale.

We begin our week of Afternoons joining them and Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado at one of their concerts there with music by Mendelssohn and Berlioz; and prizewinning soloist Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Rachmaninov's ever-popular Second Piano Concerto.

You can also hear a performance of Schumann from an earlier visit the orchestra made to Tokyo, this time with conductor Gianandrea Noseda. At Opera City, a concert hall under a spectacular spire-like roof, Schumann's Piano Concerto is played by Ayako Uehara - another prizewinning performer, this time from the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Mendelssohn: Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream

2.10pm

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2

Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano)

2.45pm

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

BBC Philharmonic,

Yutaka Sado (conductor).

3.40pm

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Ayako Uehara (piano),

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO30220130514

With Katie Derham.

The BBC Philharmonic returned just a couple of weeks ago from Japan, and they open this Afternoon on 3 with a performance from that tour, of Dvorak's Ninth Symphony (From the New World).

We then join them in norther Italy for a remarkable concert at Turin's Lingotto - an iconic building famously used in the 1969 movie, The Italian Job, for its race track scene on the roof! Originally a car manufacturing plant, the building is now a hotel and shopping centre with a concert hall. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the orchestra in Peter Maxwell Davies' loving portrait of another Italian city where he studied, and Shostakovich's Sixth Symphony.

Dvorak: Symphony No 9 (New World)

BBC Philharmonic,

Yutaka Sado (conductor).

2.45pm

Peter Maxwell Davies: Roma, amor

3.25pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No 6

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

AO30320130515

With Katie Derham.

The BBC Philharmonic returned just a couple of weeks ago from Japan, and they end this Afternoon on 3 with a performance from that tour: Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii and Japanses conductor Yutaka Sado.

Before that, you can hear the orchestra in earlier visits to Spain and Germany: Gianandrea Noseda conducts Britten's passionate Sinfonia da Requiem in Barcelona, and his successor as the BBC Philharmonic's Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, conducts Schubert's Unfinished Symphony in Nuremberg.

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

BBC Philharmonic,

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

2.15pm

Schubert: Symphony No 8 in B minor, D 759 (Unfinished)

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

2.40pm

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1

Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano),

Yutaka Sado (conductor).

AO304 LAST20130517

With Jonathan Swain.

To close our week of afternoons with the BBC Philharmonic featuring performances they've given around the world, we begin a concert they gave in Japan just a few weeks ago. Conductor Yutaka Sado was keen for audiences in his native country to hear the music of Britten, a composer he passionately champions, and especially Britten's landmark opera from 1945, Peter Grimes. Here Sado presents the 'Four Sea Interludes' to begin Afternoon on 3.

When Spanish-born Juanjo Mena joined the BBC Philharmonic two years ago as Chief Conductor, he was similarly keen to explore a British vein, and here he conducts the Enigma Variations, portraits of Elgar's friends ""pictured within"". The last two works this week are in performances given by the orchestra on tour in Austria and Germany: Gianandrea Noseda conducts Beethoven's Violin Concerto in Vienna with Armenian soloist Sergey Khachatryan, and Rachmaninov's powerful and tragic First Symphony in Aachen in northern Germany.

Britten: Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes)

BBC Philharmonic,

Yutaka Sado (conductor).

2.15pm

Elgar: Variations on an original theme (Enigma)

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

2.45pm

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Sergey Khachatryan (violin),

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

3.30pm

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1

With Jonathan Swain.

To close our week of afternoons with the BBC Philharmonic featuring performances they've given around the world, we begin a concert they gave in Japan just a few weeks ago. Conductor Yutaka Sado was keen for audiences in his native country to hear the music of Britten, a composer he passionately champions, and especially Britten's landmark opera from 1945, Peter Grimes. Here Sado presents the 'Four Sea Interludes' to begin Afternoon on 3.

When Spanish-born Juanjo Mena joined the BBC Philharmonic two years ago as Chief Conductor, he was similarly keen to explore a British vein, and here he conducts the Enigma Variations, portraits of Elgar's friends ""pictured within"". The last two works this week are in performances given by the orchestra on tour in Austria and Germany: Gianandrea Noseda conducts Beethoven's Violin Concerto in Vienna with Armenian soloist Sergey Khachatryan, and Rachmaninov's powerful and tragic First Symphony in Aachen in northern Germany.

Britten: Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes)

BBC Philharmonic,

Yutaka Sado (conductor).

2.15pm

Elgar: Variations on an original theme (Enigma)

Juanjo Mena (conductor).

2.45pm

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Sergey Khachatryan (violin),

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

3.30pm

Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1