European Music Festivals



Penny Gore presents highlights from some of Europe's leading European Music Festivals with performances today recorded at the Salzburg, Esterhazy and Schleswig Holstein Festivals. Zubin Mehta conducts Dvorak's ever-popular New World Symphony and the British pianist, Howard Shelley plays a rarity by one of Chopin's predecessors.

During the course of Afternoon on 3 this week there will be the chance to hear all four of Bach's vibrant orchestral suites, performances of Chopin's music on the instruments of his time. And also on the bill later in the week, Daniel Barenboim conducts Mozart's final three symphonic masterpieces with the Vienna Philharmonic on Wednesday Thursday and Friday and on Christmas Day the sensational pianist Lang Lang playing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto.

Bach Orchestral Suite no 1 in C BWV 1066

Concerto Copenhagen, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen(director)

recorded at Thuringia Bach Festival

approx 2.20pm

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

recorded at Salzburg Festival

approx 2.40pm

Franciszek Lessel (1780-1838) Piano Concerto in C, op. 14

Howard Shelley (period piano), Concerto Koln

recorded at Chopin and his Europe Festival, Warsaw

approx 3.05pm

Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 ('Prague')

Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, Adam Fischer (conductor)

recorded at the Haydn Festival, Esterhazy Festival

approx 3.45pm

Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in e minor, op. 95 'New World'

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (conductor)

recorded at Schleswig Holstein Festival.


Lang Lang plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5, Op 73 (Emperor) at the Lucerne Festival.

Lang Lang plays Beethoven at the Lucerne Festival

Penny Gore introduces a performance by the Chinese super star pianist as part of her focus this week on Europe's leading music festivals.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 ('Emperor')

Lang Lang (piano), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (conductor).


From European music festivals: works by Bach, Samaniego, Liszt, Salieri and Mozart.


Penny Gore presents highlights from some of Europe's leading music festivals

Bach: Overture in D, (Orchestral Suite no 3) BWV 1068

Café Zimmermann, Pablo Valetti (concertmaster)

recorded at Leipzig Bach Festival

approx 2.30pm

Stravinsky: Apollon musagète

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (no conductor)

recorded at Bergen Festival

approx 3.00pm

Joseph Ruiz Samaniego (1653-1670): Sirenas del viento, villancico a la Virgen del Pilar (1668)

Gabriel Diaz (counter tenor), Paz Martinez (contralto), Los Mvsicos de Su Alteza, Luis Antonio Gonzalez (director)

recorded at Fribourg International Sacred Music Festival

CPE Bach Symphony in C: Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (director)

recorded at Mozart Festival, Wurtzburg

approx 3.20pm

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A, S. 125

Denis Matsuev (piano), Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

recorded at Chopin and his World Festival, Warsaw

approx 3.40pm

Mozart: S'altro che lacrime!, from La Clemenza di Tito, K 621'

Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda (conductor)

recorded at Brandenburg Summer Concerts

Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Vienna PO, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

recorded at Prague Spring

approx 4.10pm

Elgar: Serenade for strings in E minor Op 20

Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

recorded at Weilburg Castle Concerts.