Herbert Blomstedt And Bruckner



Celebrating Herbert Blomstedt's 85th Birthday and featuring some recent performances with the distinguished orchestras with which he is associated, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, whose principal conductor he was for 7 years till 2005. This week focuses on that memorable partnership and also on Herbert Blomstedt's relationship with the San Francisco SO (where he was also Principal Conductor), the Dresden Staatskapelle and the orchestras of Danish and Swedish Radio.

Across the week we'll also hear the fabled middle European sound of the Leipzig Gewandhaus with some other conductors.

Blomstedt is entirely open about his Christian faith and also his especial regard for the music of Anton Bruckner with its bedrock in the composer's own deeply held faith. Blomstedt will be heard conducting a Bruckner symphony each day.

And Afternoon on 3 continues its survey of piano concertos as part of the Piano Season on the BBC. This week Bartok's gentle and folktune inspired 3rd concerto and Rachmaninov's tour de force - also his 3rd concerto.

Presented by Louise Fryer


Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)


Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119

Olli Mustonen (piano)


Strauss: Don Juan

Andris Nelsons (conductor)


Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425 ('Linz')

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra


Herbert Blomstedt celebrates his 85th birthday today and is heard in a memorable recent performance of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Afternoon on 3 today also includes music from Herbert Blomstedt's homeland, Sweden.

And the Piano season on the BBC continues with a performance of Mozart's G major Concerto, K453, performed by Russian Yuliana Avdeeva, winner of the 2010 Chopin International PIano Competition.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Berwald: Sinfonie singulière

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17in G, K453

Yuliana Avdeeva (piano)

Czech Philharmonic

Berg: Violin Concerto

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9


Although Herbert Blomstedt grew up and studied in Sweden, and has worked extensively in Scandinavia and Europe, he was in fact born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Today he conducts Bruckner's 6th Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with whom he was the principal conductor for 10 years from 1985.

Louise Fryer presents

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70

Czech Philharmonic,

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Louise Fryer presents music conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, by Rachmaninov and Bruckner.

Continuing the Piano Season on the BBC and Afternoon on 3's survey of great piano concertos, today's offering is Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto - one of the high water marks of the form in the twentieth century.

And Herbert Blomstedt, who celebrated his 85th birthday this week conducts Bruckner's 5th Symphony

Presented by Louise Fryer


Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30

Nikolai Tokarev (piano)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)


Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, op. 131

George Pehlivian (conductor)


Symphony No. 5 in B flat

North German Radio Symphony Orchestra