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13/05/2018 - Sunday Feature - 13/05/201820180513

Mahan Esfahani visits Azerbaijan to explore the effect of a border on two musical cultures

Exploring music, history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature.

Kate Molleson presents coverage of the final of BBC Young Musician 2018.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani visits Azerbaijan, to explore how the creation of a border in 1828 shaped two very different musical cultures.

Esfahani, born in Iran but raised in the USA, has long wondered whether he could ever have become a western classical musician had his family stayed in Tehran. Yet just over the border in Azerbaijan, the art-form has a very different status.

In the early 19th century a rising Russia and declining Persia went to war. In the 1828 treaty of Turkmenchay, the Azeri territories were split in two, the north annexed to Russia, the south remaining in Persia. Today, the people of this northern half, now the Republic of Azerbaijan, enjoy a wealth of classical music culture - from the opera houses to the symphony orchestra, to uncovered women singing solo - as well as rich collaborations with their own traditional culture. Yet for their southern neighbours, in what is now the Islamic Republic of Iran, this culture is almost beyond reach.

For Esfahani, who is Azeri on his father's side, his possible futures had he stayed at home are mapped out across this national border. He heads to Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, to ask what happened to create such a vibrant classical music culture in the north. He plays Purcell with soprano Farida Mammedova and begins to understand Azerbaijan's place at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, of a Western cultural presence fast-tracked by Russian rule and a 19th-century oil boom. He sits in on rehearsals of a new ballet celebrating the centenary of one of the country's most celebrated composers, Gara Garayev, the product of a Soviet education system in which both Leopold Rostropovich and Shostakovich had leading roles.

Over the same period, Iran's relationship with western music has been more problematic - at times supported by the ruling classes but never absorbed in quite the same way, and at various points since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, discouraged or banned completely. The familiar image of a religiously conservative and anti-western regime might explain this away, but the truth is more complex, as Mahan discovers in conversations with conductor Ali Rahbari and Idin Samimi, a composer in Tehran.

As Mahan peers through the border fence at a country he hasn't set foot in for over 20 years, is there cause for optimism that Iran may come to embrace the music he loves, as Azeris north of the border have? Could Mahan himself ever play in Tehran?

Produced by Chris Elcombe.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

2016: The Final20160515

Sarah Walker presents coverage of this afternoon's final of BBC Young Musician 2016 from the Barbican, London. With expert commentary and analysis from violinist and former Young Musician winner Jennifer Pike.

Three instrumentalists remain in the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians. Today, the finalists perform concertos of their choice, accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, before the winner of BBC Young Musician 2016 is announced.

We also catch up with the winner of BBC Young Musician 2014, pianist Martin James Bartlett, who performs a movement from Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3.

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180430

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

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

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

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

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

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180501

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

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

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

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

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

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180504

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

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

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

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

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

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

Brass Category Final20140516

BBC Young Musician 2014: the Brass Category Final. Presented by John Shea.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the Brass category. The Semi-Final is on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final is broadcast live here on Radio 3 on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

Ellena Newton (14) - trombone

Isobel Daws (14) - trombone

Matilda Lloyd (18) - trumpet

Lewis Bettles (18) - trombone

William Thomas (13) - trumpet

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge - Choral Evensong - Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180502

From the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge.

Long-running programme presenting live broadcasts of Evensong from around the country

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

From the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge.

Introit: My beloved spake (Julian Anderson)
Responses: Leighton
Psalms 12, 13, 14 (Goss, Hylton Stewart, Stanford)
First Lesson: Hosea 13 vv. 4-14
Canticles: Gloucester Service (Howells)
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15 vv. 50-58
Anthem: Dum transisset Sabbatum (Taverner)
Voluntary: Organ Symphony No 6 in G minor, Op 42 No 2 (Finale: Vivace) (Widor)

Andrew Nethsingha (Director of Music)
Glen Dempsey & James Anderson-Besant (Organ Scholars).

Final20140518

Jamie MacDougall presents coverage of the final of BBC Young Musician 2014, from the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. With expert commentary and analysis from oboist and former Young Musician winner Nicholas Daniel.

Three instrumentalists remain in the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today. Tonight, the finalists perform concertos of their choice - accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karabits - before the winner of Young Musician 2014 is announced.

We also catch up with the winner of Young Musician 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijden, as she performs Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.

Friday - BBC Philharmonic - Afternoon Concert - Friday - BBC Young Musician 201820180420

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

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond presents highlights from this year's Young Musician woodwind finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

Tom Redmond concludes a week of performances from the BBC Philharmonic. Today's concert features Britten's Violin Concerto with soloist Julia Fischer, and Elgar's second symphony.

2pm:
Weber - Overture, Euryanthe
Britten - Violin Concerto
Elgar - Symphony no 2
Julia Fischer (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

c.3.40pm:
Vaughan Williams - The Wasps, Overture
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

c.3.55pm:
Messiaen - Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
BBC Philharmonic
Clark Rundell (conductor).

Friday - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Brass finalists20180427

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Bartok.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

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

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

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

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

Grand Final20180513

Kate Molleson presents coverage of the final of BBC Young Musician 2018.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Guildford Cathedral - Choral Evensong - Young Musician Brass finalists20180425

Live from Guildford Cathedral on the feast of Mark the Evangelist.

Long-running programme presenting live broadcasts of Evensong from around the country

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

Live from Guildford Cathedral on the feast of Mark the Evangelist.

Introit: Laetabitur iustus (Zeleński)
Responses: Radcliffe
Psalm 45 (Alcock)
First Lesson: Ezekiel 1 vv. 4-14
Canticles: Bairstow in D
Second Lesson: 2 Timothy 4 vv. 1-11
Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord (Elgar)
Hymn: The Saint who first found grace to pen (Brockham)
Voluntary: Sonata in G major, Op 28 (Andante espressivo) (Elgar)

Katherine Dienes-Williams (Organist & Master of the Choristers)
Richard Moore (Sub Organist).

Guildford Cathedral - Choral Evensong - Young Musician Brass finalists20180425

Live from Guildford Cathedral on the feast of Mark the Evangelist.

Long-running programme presenting live broadcasts of Evensong from around the country

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Live from Guildford Cathedral on the feast of Mark the Evangelist.

Introit: Laetabitur iustus (Zeleński)
Responses: Radcliffe
Psalm 45 (Alcock)
First Lesson: Ezekiel 1 vv. 4-14
Canticles: Bairstow in D
Second Lesson: 2 Timothy 4 vv. 1-11
Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord (Elgar)
Hymn: The Saint who first found grace to pen (Brockham)
Voluntary: Sonata in G major, Op 28 (Andante espressivo) (Elgar)

Katherine Dienes-Williams (Organist & Master of the Choristers)
Richard Moore (Sub Organist).

Keyboard Category Final20140515

BBC Young Musician 2014: the Keyboard Category Final. Presented by Martin Handley.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the Keyboard category, the last - Brass - follows tomorrow, leading up to the Semi-Final on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final, which we broadcast live on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

Martin Bartlett (17) - piano

Ning Hui See (17) - piano

Hayley Parkes (18) - piano

Julian Trevelyan (15) - piano

Isata Kanneh-Mason (17) - piano

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

Monday - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Brass Finalists20180423

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in concert in Glasgow.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

Georgia Mann presents a week of performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Today's programme begins with a concert the orchestra gave in Glasgow City Halls. John Wilson conducts an all-American programme including Bernstein's Serenade with soloist Ning Feng, and Roy Harris's Symphony no.3. Plus part of a new recording of music for saxophone and orchestra, with soloist Tommy Smith.

2pm
Barber The School for scandal - overture Op.5
Bernstein Serenade [after Plato's "The symposium"] for violin, string orch, harp and percussion
Copland Appalachian spring - suite vers. for orchestra [1945]
Harris Symphony no. 3
Ning Feng (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Smith Jacobite for saxophone and orchestra
Tommy Smith (saxophone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Clark Rundell (conductor)

Tchaikovsky The Tempest [Burya] - symphonic fantasia Op.18
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

Norwich Cathedral - Choral Evensong - Wednesday - BBC Young Musician 201820180418

Live from Norwich Cathedral.

Long-running programme presenting live broadcasts of Evensong from around the country

Tom Redmond presents highlights from this year's Young Musician woodwind finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

Live from Norwich Cathedral.

Responses: Leighton
Office Hymn: Good Christian men, rejoice and sing (Vulpius - Gelob't sei Gott)
Psalms 93, 94 (Garrett, Cooke)
First Lesson: Deuteronomy 6
Canticles: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense' (Leighton)
Second Lesson: Ephesians 2 vv.1-10
Anthem: Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten)
Voluntary: Paean (Leighton)

Ashley Grote (Master of Music)
David Dunnett (Organist).

Opera Matinee: Weber's Oberon - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180503

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

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

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

Presented by Penny Gore

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

Percussion Category Final20140513

BBC Young Musician 2014: the Percussion Category Final. Presented by Martin Handley.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the Percussion category. The others - Woodwind, Keyboard and Brass - follow on each night this week, leading up to the Semi-Final on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final, which we broadcast on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

Matthew Farthing (17)

Elliott Gaston-Ross (15)

Jess Wood (16)

Tom Highnam (17)

Stefan Beckett (18)

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

Percussion Category Final20140513

BBC Young Musician 2014: the Percussion Category Final. Presented by Martin Handley.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the Percussion category. The others - Woodwind, Keyboard and Brass - follow on each night this week, leading up to the Semi-Final on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final, which we broadcast on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

Matthew Farthing (17)

Elliott Gaston-Ross (15)

Jess Wood (16)

Tom Highnam (17)

Stefan Beckett (18)

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

BBC Young Musician 2014: the Percussion Category Final. Presented by Martin Handley.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the Percussion category. The others - Woodwind, Keyboard and Brass - follow on each night this week, leading up to the Semi-Final on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final, which we broadcast on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

Matthew Farthing (17)

Elliott Gaston-Ross (15)

Jess Wood (16)

Tom Highnam (17)

Stefan Beckett (18)

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

String Category Final20140512

String Category Final20140512

BBC Young Musician 2014: the String Category Final. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the String category, the others - Percussion, Woodwind, Keyboard and Brass - follow on each night this week, leading up to the Semi-Final on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final, which we broadcast on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

William Dutton (18) - violin

Anna Im (16) - violin

Elizaveta Tyun (18) - violin

Roberto Ruisi (17) - violin

Juliana Myslov (17) - harp

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

String Category Final20140512

BBC Young Musician 2014: the String Category Final. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the String category, the others - Percussion, Woodwind, Keyboard and Brass - follow on each night this week, leading up to the Semi-Final on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final, which we broadcast on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

William Dutton (18) - violin

Anna Im (16) - violin

Elizaveta Tyun (18) - violin

Roberto Ruisi (17) - violin

Juliana Myslov (17) - harp

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

The Final20120513

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

From The Sage Gateshead

BBC Young Musician 2012

Three young instrumentalists face their biggest challenge yet in the final of BBC Young Musician 2012. The stakes are high for these talented young performers. Established thirty four years ago, the competition has been a springboard to a major international career for succeeding generations of young artists. This year's competition received well over four hundred applicants. Now whittled down to just three, the finalists will be performing with the Northern Sinfonia under the Ukrainian conductor Kiril Karabits, in a bid to secure the coveted title of BBC Young Musician 2012.

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Brass Finalists20180426

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

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

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

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

Thursday - Opera Matinee: Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' - Afternoon Concert - Thursday - BBC Young Musician 201820180419

Tom Redmond presents Donizetti's opera about the ill-fated Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond presents highlights from this year's Young Musician woodwind finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

Marlis Petersen stars as the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots with Alexandra Deshorties as her deadly rival Queen Elizabeth I of England in Donizetti's opera Maria Stuarda. Tom Redmond presents this performance from Vienna. The opera's based on an Italian version of Schiller's German play Mary Stuart, which has been a recent hit on the London stage starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams.

Maria Stuarda ..... Marlis Petersen (soprano)
Elisabetta ..... Alexandra Deshorties (soprano)
Roberto ..... Norman Reinhardt (tenor)
Giorgio Talbot ..... Stefan Cerny (bass)
Lord Guglielmo Cecil ..... Tobias Greenhalgh (baritone)
Anna Kennedy ..... Natalia Kawalek (mezzo-soprano)

Arnold Schoenberg Chorus
ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna
Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor).

Tuesday - BBC Philharmonic - Afternoon Concert - Tuesday - BBC Young Musician 201820180417

Today including concertos by Beethoven and Walton, and Sibelius's second symphony.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Tom Redmond presents highlights from this year's Young Musician woodwind finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

Tom Redmond presents performances including Beethoven's first piano concerto and Sibelius's second symphony. Lawrence Power is the soloist in Walton's Viola Concerto. Plus music by Grieg and Bizet.

2pm:
Grieg - Peer Gynt, Suite no 1
Beethoven - Piano Concerto no 1
Sibelius - Symphony no 2
Martin Roscoe (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Clemens Schuldt (conductor)

c.3.35pm:
Walton - Viola Concerto
Lawrence Power (viola)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.4pm:
Bizet - Carmen (selection from the suites)
BBC Philharmonic
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).

Tuesday - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Afternoon Concert - Young Musician Brass Finalists20180424

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

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

Showcasing the UK's brightest young musical talent for over 30 years.

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

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

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

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

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

Woodwind Category Final20140514

BBC Young Musician 2014: the Woodwind Category Final. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

After an extensive audition process, the judges of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young classical musicians today, have announced five finalists for each of its categories - Strings, Keyboard, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Each performer gives a recital programme in their bid to become a BBC Young Musician Category Winner. Over 450 entries were received for the contest from musicians aged between 8-18 years old. Tonight features the five finalists in the Woodwind category, the others - Keyboard and Brass - follow on each night this week, leading up to the Semi-Final on BBC 4 on Saturday and then the Final, which we broadcast on Sunday 18 May.

The performers are:

Hannah Foster (17) - flute

Daniel Shao (18) - flute

Jessika Gillam (15) - saxophone

Nick Seymour (17) - saxophone

Sophie Westbrooke (15) - recorder

Followed by Archive Slot - a look into the archives of BBC Young Musician.

Young Musician Brass Finalists20180424

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists, ahead of the Category Finals on BBC4 on Friday. Today it's the turn of 18-year-old bass trombonist Michaias Berlouis who plays music by Jules Semler-Collery, Claude Pascal, Brahms & Lebedev.

Jules Semler-Collery: Barcarolle et Chanson Bachique (2nd mvt)
Claude Pascal: Sonate en 6 minutes 30 (2nd mvt)
Johannes Brahms: Four Serious Songs (no. 3) 'O death, how bitter you are'
Alexey Lebedev: Konzertantes Allegro

Michaias Berlouis, bass trombone
Henry Cash, piano.

Young Musician Brass Finalists20180426

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists, ahead of the Brass Category Finals on BBC4 on Friday. Today, 17-year-old Will Thomas plays Henze, Piazzolla, Halsey Stevens & Cole Porter on Trumpet & Flugelhorn.

Hans Werner Henze: Sonatina for Solo Trumpet: I - Toccata, II - Canzone, III - Segnali
Piazzolla, trans./arr. Will Thomas: Oblivion
Halsey Stevens: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano I - Allegro Moderato
Cole Porter, arr. Alexander L'Estrange / Will Thomas: Every Time We Say Goodbye

Will Thomas, Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Elliot Launn, piano.

Young Musician Brass Finalists20180427

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year's Young Musician brass finalists, ahead of the Brass Category Finals on BBC4 on Friday. Isobel Daws is 18 and plays the trombone - her programme includes pieces by Arnold, Bach & Jongen.

Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Trombone
JS Bach arr. Keith Brown: Sonata no. 2 (S1028): Adagio & Allegro
Joseph Jongen: Aria et Polonaise

Isobel Daws, trombone
Nick Oliver, piano.

Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180430

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists, ahead of the Keyboard Category Finals on BBC4 television on Friday.

Today's pianist is 19-year-old Adam Heron.

J S Bach: Prelude from English Suite No 3 in G minor
Chopin: Barcarolle
Schoenberg: No 2 ('Langsam') from Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke, Op 19
Rachmaninov: Etude-Tableau, Op 39, No 1 in C minor.

Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180501

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists, ahead of the Keyboard Category Finals on BBC4 television on Friday.

Today's pianist is 16-year-old Lauren Zhang.

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K24
Kapustin: Toccatina, Op 40, No 3
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2, Op 36 (first movement).

Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180502

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists, ahead of the Keyboard Category Finals on BBC4 television on Friday.

Today's pianist is 16-year-old Elias Ackerley.

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A major, K39
Ravel: Ondine, from Gaspard de la nuit
Liszt: Transcendental Etude No 4 (Mazeppa).

Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180503

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists, ahead of the Keyboard Category Finals on BBC4 television on Friday.

Today's pianist is 15-year-old Jeneba Kanneh-Mason.

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D major, K29
Rachmaninov: Etude-Tableau in E flat minor, Op 39, No 5
Glinka, arr. Balakirev: The Lark
Bartók: No. 1 of Three Etudes, Op 18

Please note that this is the order in which Jeneba Kanneh-Mason performed her programme. For operational reasons, the order of the last two pieces was reversed in the Radio 3 broadcast.

Young Musician Keyboard Finalists20180504

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists.

The BBC's long-running competition to find the best young musician in the country.

Penny Gore presents highlights from this year's BBC Young Musician keyboard finalists, ahead of the Keyboard Category Finals on BBC4 television tonight.

The last of the five pianists is 15-year-old Mariam Loladze-Meredith.

Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No 21 in B flat major
Bach, arr. Siloti: Prelude in B minor, from BWV855a
Schumann, arr. Liszt: Frühlingsnacht
Kreisler, arr. Rachmaninov: Liebesfreud.