Night Music

An occasional music series on Radio 3



Max Bruch's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Op 88a.


Japanese conductor Tadaaki Otaka leads the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Takemitsu.

An occasional music series on Radio 3

Celebrating Radio 3's forthcoming week-long exploration of the mysterious, counter-cultural and unexpected side of Japanese music and arts, Tadaaki Otaka conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in music by Takemitsu.

Takemitsu: A String Around Autumn
Takemitsu: A Way a Lone II (for string orchestra)

Philip Dukes (viola)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

This year marks 30 years of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' relationship with Conductor Laureate, Tadaaki Otaka. Winner of the Elgar society medal for his interpretations of that composer's works, Otaka's association with the orchestra also resulted in commissions for Takemitsu. Here we explore several works by this elder of the Japanese compositional scene.

A Japanese Journey20180401

Nick Luscombe takes a sonic journey across Japan, through the sounds of everyday life.

Arnold Bax20180218

Bax's Violin Concerto, performed by Lydia Mordkovich, contrasted with a pair of tone poems

Bach Symphonies20180211

Symphonies by two of Bach's sons, CPE and the lesser known Johann Christian Friedrich.

Charles Villiers Stanford20180318

Two works spanning Stanford's career - his early Cello Concerto and his final Symphony.

Two works spanning Charles Villiers Stanford's composing career - his early Cello Concerto in D minor from 1880, performed by Alexander Baillie with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite, and his final Symphony, No 7 in D minor, Op 124 from 1911, performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones.

Philip Glass20180317

Matt Haimovitz plays Philip Glass's 2010 Partita No 2 for Solo Cello.

The Other Max Bruch20180225

The neglected second concerto by Max Bruch, and his rarely performed third symphony.

Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein20180204

Music by Leonard Bernstein with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Music by Leonard Bernstein performed by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, recorded at the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion day at Milton Court Concert Hall at the Barbican Centre on 27th January.

Presented by Andrew McGregor.

Bernstein: Aria and Barcarolles
Anne Reilly (soprano)
James Newby (baritone)
Michael Sikich and Krystal Tunnicliffe (pianos)

Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
Charlotte Bartley (clarinet)
Michael Sikich (piano)

Bernstein: Prelude Fugue and Riffs
Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Scott Stroman (conductor).

Wigmore Hall: Leon Mccawley20180311

Pianist Leon McCawley plays music by Haydn, Hans Gal, Chopin and Beethoven.

Another chance to hear last Monday's Lunchtime Concert of music by Haydn, Hans Gál, Chopin and Beethoven from Wigmore Hall in London.
Leon McCawley's world première recording of Hans Gál's piano works championed the music of a composer who fled the Nazis to find refuge in Britain. Gál's Three Preludes complement Haydn's dramatic C minor Sonata and the elegance of Chopin's Nocturnes.

Haydn: Piano Sonata in C minor, HXVI:20
Hans Gál: Three Preludes, Op 65
Chopin: 2 Nocturnes, Op 37
Beethoven: 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

Leon McCawley, piano

Recorded on 05 March 2018 at Wigmore Hall, London.