Hallowed Halls - Concerts From Lucerne And Berlin



In February London will be going 'Rattle-mad'. Sir Simon will be bringing over his Berliner Philharmoniker players for four concerts, very special events that have been sold out for months. BBC Radio 3's Afternoon on 3 has also caught Rattle fever and gives listeners a unique chance to hear the orchestra at home in Berlin's famous Philharmonie concert hall. Thanks to our colleagues in the European Broadcasting Union we can enjoy music from the concerts that the orchestra and their charismatic Chief Conductor will be giving immediately prior to their London trip, including some of the music they'll be bringing with them. There are two symphonies by Mahler in this, the 100th anniversary year of his death - the giant, all-consuming 3rd and the gentler, more pastoral 4th. There is music by another composer for whom Rattle is a special champion, Stravinsky, and Schubert's gloriously lyrical 9th Symphony.

And as if this wasn't enough, alongside the Berlin concerts Afternoon on 3 will be presenting music from one of the undoubted highlights of the European concert season, the Lucerne Festival. The outstanding events in the 2010 festival included two appearances by Rattle's predecessor in Berlin, the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. He conducts the extraordinary youthful Simon Bolivar Orchestra from Venezuela in Tchaikovsky's final symphony, the 6th, and is also on the podium for a performance of Beethoven's opera Fidelio. The cast is headed by the leading Swedish soprano Nina Stemme and the German tenor who has been garnering glowing reviews all over the world, Jonas Kaufmann. Music-making doesn't get much more prestigious than this.

Radio 3 brings two of Europe's finest concert-halls to your home - admission free!


Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Järvi, conductor


Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

Lars Vogt, piano


Chopin: Nocturne for piano (in C sharp minor)


Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande Suite


Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C


Biber: Sonata No. 6 in C Minor

Meret Lüthi (violin)

Felix Knecht (cello)

Ieva Saliete (harpsichord)

Jonathan Rubin (lute)


Mahler: Symphony No. 1in D

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Simon Rattle, conductor.


Today's programe offers the chance to hear the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra both at home (with its British conductor Simon Rattle) and on tour at the Lucerne Festival (under the baton of the charismatic Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi). Preceding their performances - and also from the Lucerne Festival - will be a chance to catch up with one of the great American orchestras, currently enjoying a warm relationship with a conductor steeped in the European tradition.


Debussy: Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un faune

Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor


R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben


Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada - Suite

Neeme Järvi, conductor


Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor

Arcadi Volodos, piano


Vivaldi, Arr. Bach: 'Largo' from Concerto for organ (BWV.596)

Arcadi Volodos (piano)


Scriabin: Prelude Op.37 No.1 in B Flat Minor


Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C ""Great

Simon Rattle, conductor.


One of British conductor Simon Rattle's great musical heroes is the French composer/conductor Pierre Boulez. Today we hear music-making from them both - with Stravinsky's brief sonorous 'symphony' preceding Mahler's most ambitious and all-embracing score.

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble

Pierre Boulez, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Chinese Dance (The Nutcracker)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Mahler: Symphony No.3 in D minor

Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto

Boys of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir

Women of the Berlin Radio Chorus

Simon Rattle, conductor.


At last year's Lucerne Festival there was a great meeting of musical minds - when the youthful Simon Bolivar Orchestra from Venezuela gave a concert under the baton of the great Claudio Abbado. Their performance of Tchaikovsky's moving final symphony is combined in this programme with recent concerts given by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in their home hall.

Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete

Simon Rattle, conductor


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor (Pathetique)

Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela

Claudio Abbado, conductor


Berg: Violin Concerto

Baiba Skride, violin

Andris Nelsons, conductor


Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G

Christine Schäfer, soprano