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20170915

The Filharmonica della Scala perform Shostakovich, Enescu and Bartok at the EIF.

Conductor Riccardo Chaillly brings the Filharmonica della Scala from Milan's great opera house to performing a concert programme featuring Shostakovich's remarkable 12th Symphony on the revolutionary events of 1917. The symphony received its Western premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 1962. They are joined by the Lithuanian violinist and violist Julian Rachlin for Bartok's Viola Concerto, which was commissioned by Glasgow-born viola player William Primrose and the first movement makes fleeting reference to the Scottish melody 'Coming thro' the rye'.

Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody in D, Op 11 No 2
Bartók: Viola Concerto

Interval at 8.10pm
Jamie MacDougall presents introduces selections from Bach's Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio and performed by Julian Rachlin, Nobuko Imai and Mischa Maisky

8.30
Shostakovich: Symphony No 12, 'The Year 1917'

Julian Rachlin, viola
Filarmonica della Scala
Riccardo Chailly, conductor.

Conductor Riccardo Chaillly brings the Filarmonica della Scala from Milan's great opera house to performing a concert programme featuring Shostakovich's remarkable 12th Symphony on the revolutionary events of 1917. The symphony received its Western premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 1962. They are joined by the Lithuanian violinist and violist Julian Rachlin for Bartok's Viola Concerto, which was commissioned by Glasgow-born viola player William Primrose and the first movement makes fleeting reference to the Scottish melody 'Coming thro' the rye'.

Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody in D, Op 11 No 2
Bartók: Viola Concerto

Interval at 8.10pm
Jamie MacDougall presents introduces selections from Bach's Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio and performed by Julian Rachlin, Nobuko Imai and Mischa Maisky

8.30
Shostakovich: Symphony No 12, 'The Year 1917'

Julian Rachlin, viola
Filarmonica della Scala
Riccardo Chailly, conductor.

20171101

The BBC Concert Orchestra play Britten in Snape Maltings with conductor Andrew Gourlay.

Sunwook Kim is the soloist in Britten's Piano Concerto, a work heavily influenced by music he wrote for radio dramas. The BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Andrew Gourlay also include music by two other composers who wrote during the early decades of radio, Vaughan Williams and Copland. Recorded at Snape Maltings last Saturday, presented by Ian Skelly.

Vaughan Williams: Incidental Music to The Mayor of Casterbridge
Britten: Piano Concerto, Op 13

INTERVAL

Britten: Recitative and Aria for Piano and Orchestra
Copland: Quiet City
Britten, arr Paul Hindmarsh: King Arthur - Suite for Orchestra: 1. Overture; 2. Scherzo (Dance of Death); 3. Variations (Galagad and the Holy Grail); 4. Finale (Battle and Apotheosis)

Sunwook Kim (piano)
BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Andrew Gourlay.

20171122

The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Frank Bridge, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

In this concert from the London Philharmonic Orchestra's season 'Belief and Beyond Belief: Rituals and Seasons' English summer is paired with Russian winter.

No premonitions of the impending catastrophe of World War I disturb the very English pastoral mood of Frank Bridge's rarely heard 1914 'Summer', an evocative and sophisticated ten-minute tone poem. With his First Symphony 'Winter Daydreams', the 26-year-old Tchaikovsky rejected the model of Beethovenian symphonic form for a highly personal, Russian style, a decision which served him well over the course of five further symphonies. In between the Bridge and Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev's witty, glittering 1921 Third Piano Concerto is played by the young, acclaimed and award-winning Beatrice Rana.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Festival Hall.

Frank Bridge: Summer
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major (Op.26)

8.15pm
Interval
Beethoven: Wind Sextet in E flat major (Op.71) (from CD)
Mozzafiato
Charles Neidich, clarinet and director

8.35pm
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor (Op.13) 'Winter Daydreams'

Beatrice Rana, piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Michail Jurowski, conductor.

20180311

The Basel Chamber Orchestra's La Chaux-de-Fonds Music Society Festival performance in 2017

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Clemency Burton-Hill presents highlights from a concert the Basel Chamber Orchestra gave at the La Chaux-de-Fonds Music Society Festival last year. Vilde Frang joins the orchestra for Beethoven's Violin Concerto, along with music inspired by Bach by Reger and Matthias Arter. Plus Bruch's String Octet performed by the Doric Quartet and friends at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

Reger: O Mensch bewein' dein' Sünde gross (after Bach's Chorale Prelude, BWV 622)
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 61
Vilde Frang (violin)
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

Matthias Arter: Aquarell on Bach's Ricercar a 6
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

Bruch: Octet in B flat, Op posth
Doric String Quartet with Martin Funda (violin), Tianwa Yang (violin), Hiyoli Togawa (viola), Gabriel Schwabe (cello).

20180319

Daniil Trifonov plays Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Daniil Trifonov plays Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1 with the LPO.

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall on 17th March
Presented by Ian Skelly

Tchaikovsky (arr. Stravinsky): Sleeping Beauty (excerpts)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1

Interval

Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss

Daniil Trifonov (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

'My heartfelt homage to Tchaikovsky's wonderful talent': audiences in the 1920s were astonished when the modernist firebrand Stravinsky started adapting Tchaikovsky (tonight we hear his arrangements of 'Variation d'Aurore' and 'Bluebird pas-de-deux' from Sleeping Beauty). In fact, Stravinsky adored him, and his ballet The Fairy's Kiss transforms Tchaikovsky's music into something that magically fuses the spirit of both composers. And what better homage to the composer that Stravinsky revered so much than a performance of Tchaikovsky's sweeping First Piano Concerto, performed tonight by the incomparable Daniil Trifo.

20180321

Live from the Barbican Hall, the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Britten's Violin Concerto.

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Live from Barbican Hall, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Anna Clyne, Britten's Violin Concerto with soloist Vilde Frang, and Beethoven's 6th Symphony, 'Pastoral'.

Presented by Martin Handley

Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour (2015)
Britten: Violin Concerto Op.15

8.15pm
Interval

8.35pm
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 'Pastoral' in F Op.68

Vilde Frang (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

British composer Anna Clyne's 2015 orchestral work This Midnight Hour draws inspiration from the waltz and two poems, one by Juan Ramón Jiménez, where music is described as 'a naked woman running mad through the pure night'; the other by lover of the decadent Charles Baudelaire from his Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil). Expect a magic-lantern show in music, a panorama of vivid, intoxicating nocturnal sounds.

Then Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang plays Britten's Violin Concerto, one of the profoundest of twentieth century concertos for the instrument, a work that has finally emerged from the shadows and one that Frang has made her own.

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony No.6 concludes tonight's excursions in sound; but here it is a composer's infatuation with nature, sparked on his walks in the countryside around Vienna, that lights the score. A concert certain to display Sakari Oramo's range and superb rapport with his orchestra.

20180322

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC SSO in music by Nielsen and Mozart.

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Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC SSO in Nielsen's Symphony No 5, and they are joined by Martin Frost to perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Kate Molleson

Nielsen: Pan and Syrinx
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

8.25 Interval

8.45
Nielsen: Symphony No 5

Martin Fröst, clarinet
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Danish-born chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard explore a composer with whom they both have great affinity: Carl Nielsen. The concert opens with Nielsen's Pan and Syrinx -an atmospheric evocation of the titular instrument- and concludes with his deeply expressive 5th Symphony.

Sandwiched between these comes music by a composer revered by Nielsen: Mozart. His popular Clarinet Concerto is performed tonight by Martin Fröst.

20180323

Live from Cardiff: Jac van Steen, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, pianist Steven Osborne.

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Pianist Steven Osborne joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.27. Plus Jac van Steen conducts Debussy's La Mer.

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff. Nicola Heywood Thomas presents.

Debussy: Nocturnes
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in E flat major K595

c. 8.35pm Interval: The Debussy Meme
Debussy in Paris: A survey of the influence of Debussy on popular culture, from the music box to Tomita's recreation of his music using the analogue synthesiser, via Art of Noise. With contributions from Anne Dudley from Art of Noise, film music composer Craig Armstrong, and composer and musician Hannah Peel.

c. 8.55pm
Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées
Debussy: La Mer

Steven Osborne (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen (conductor)

Debussy's music of water, wind and light surrounds colourful works by composers at different ends of their lives. Mozart's 27th piano concerto was to be his last, yet despite its subdued qualities, the finale is based on a song welcoming the summer. Messiaen's meditation for orchestra dates back to his early years after leaving conservatoire. It's a stunningly beautiful work that foreshadows a lifelong devotion to the mystical connection between music and faith.

20180412

The BBC SSO conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier play Ravel, Beethoven and Berlioz.

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You can't always get what you want..

Diaghilev had wanted another ballet from Ravel - instead he composed La Valse, which Diaghilev called a master piece, but not a ballet.
Beethoven wanted a pianist to perform his just finished 4th piano concerto. No one came forward, and Beethoven had to play his most personal and poetic concerto himself. Scottish pianist Steven Osborne plays the music that asks as many questions as it answers.
In the second half, unrequited desire was the muse for this most spectacular of concert works - the sensational, opium-fueled spectacular that is Hector Berlioz's 'Symphonie Fantastique'.
The conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier will bring plenty of French flair to this concert conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra live from City Halls in Glasgow.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Ravel - La Valse
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 4
interval
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique

Producer Douglas Templeton.

20180413

Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Sir Andrew Davis in Elgar

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Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Two works by Elgar, and baritone Roderick Williams joins for a song cycle by Raymond Yiu.

Presented by Martin Handley

Elgar: The Starlight Express (selections)*
Raymond Yiu: The World was Once All Miracle (London Premiere)+

20.15 Interval

20.35
Lilian Elkington: Out of the Mist
Elgar: The Spirit of England Op.80

Emma Tring (soprano)*
Roderick Williams (baritone)*
Andrew Staples (tenor) +
BBC Symphony Chorus +
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

The First World War looms large over tonight's concert with two Elgar works of the time performed by famed Elgarians the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with conductor Sir Andrew Davis.

When Elgar was asked early in the War to write music for a Homefront theatre adaptation of Algernon Blackwood's curious escapist novel A Prisoner in Fairyland he delivered a work of never-never land enchantment - The Starlight Express. Baritone Roderick Williams and soprano Emma Tring join the BBC SO.

Baritone Roderick Williams's second appearance tonight is for The World Was Once All Miracle by the composer Raymond Yiu. Premiered last year to great acclaim, the work sets texts by a hero of Yiu's, the writer and sometime composer Anthony Burgess - who was born in 1917.

Lilian Elkington's Out of the Mist (1921) is a recently discovered war treasure. It paints a picture of Dover on 10th November 1920 as HMS Verdun, with a flotilla of battleships, appears through the Channel fog bringing the body of the Unknown Warrior on its way to final rest in Westminster Abbey.

Elgar's noble choral masterpiece The Spirit of England memorialises the fallen setting texts by Laurence Binyon , including the lines 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old'. Andrew Staples is the tenor soloist.

20180511

The BBC Philharmonic in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony from the Victoria Hall in Hanley.

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The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by their Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Stefan Dohr joins the orchestra for Mozart's Third Horn Concerto.

Live from the Victoria Hall, Hanley
Presented by Tom Redmond

Wagner: Rienzi, Overture
Mozart: Horn Concerto No 3 in E flat, K447

Music Interval

8.20
Weber orch. Berlioz: Invitation to the Dance
Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A

Stefan Dohr (horn)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

Dance drives to the very end of our programme; Berlioz's elegant, cut-glass orchestration of Weber's Invitation to the Dance ushers in Beethoven's "apotheosis of the dance". That description of Beethoven's uplifting Seventh Symphony was coined by Wagner whose overture to his early opera Rienzi opens the programme. The orchestra is joined by virtuoso horn player Stefan Dohr for Mozart's sparkling Third Horn Concerto.

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"bbc Now, Sondergard. Mosolov, Beethoven, Shostakovich"20171012

Igor Levit joins the BBC NOW in Beethoven, plus Thomas Sondergard conducts Shostakovich.

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff
Presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas

Mosolov: The Iron foundry [Zavod] Op.19
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, Op.73 (Emperor)

c. 8.10pm Interval

c. 8.35pm Shostakovich: Symphony No 12 in D minor Op.112 (The Year 1917)

Igor Levit (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

Igor Levit joins the BBC NOW in Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, plus Thomas Søndergård conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No 12 as part of the Russian Revolution centenary season in Wales. The fearsome machines and indomitable spirit of the workers in Mosolov's ballet score give a dramatic opening to the programme. Shostakovich's symphony follows suit with an unusually patriotic depiction of Lenin's life, commissioned by the Communist Party to honour the revolution. Beethoven's 'Emperor' concerto also continues the grand theme, with his noblest score since his 'Eroica'.

"bbc Philharmonic, Mena: Mahler Symphony No 3"20171003

The BBC Philharmonic in Mahler's Symphony No 3 from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

From the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond

Mahler: Symphony No 3

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
Boy and Girl Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Described by Mahler as "one great hymn to the glory of every aspect of creation" his majestic Third Symphony entrances and humbles us as we are taken on an epic journey through nature; through the meadows, through the animal and human kingdoms, and then beyond that to the realm of the angels and finally to "the love of God". However, he doesn't neglect the "everyday"; we hear a military march, a children's song and fragments of a folk dance too. Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill joins the orchestra for the awestruck fourth movement, which Mahler titled "What night tells me (mankind)", setting a poem by Nietzsche who searches desperately to make sense of the grief and joy of the world, and the Boy and Girl Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral and the ladies' voices of the BBC National Chorus of Wales bring us the shining bells and the song of the angels.

"bbc Scottish So: Brahms, Bruch, Strauss"20171020

Christoph Konig conducts the BBC SSO in music by Brahms, Bruch and Strauss.

Recorded at City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Christoph König conducts the BBC SSO in Brahms's Haydn Variations and Strauss's tone-poem Aus Italien. They are joined by Kristof Barati in the Bruch Violin Concerto.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1

8.10 Interval

8.40
Strauss: Aus Italien

Christoph König (conductor)
Kristof Barati (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

"cbso: Weber, Mozart And Brahms"20171005

Tom Redmond presents a programme of Weber, Mozart and Brahms given by the CBSO.

Tom Redmond presents a programme of Mozart, Widmann and Brahms given by the CBSO, conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and clarinettist and Artist-in-Residence with the CBSO, Jörg Widmann. From Symphony Hall Birmingham.

Brahms grappled with his First Symphony - and the weight of music history - for well over ten years. But he needn't have worried. From the pounding heartbeats of the opening, to the roof-raiser of a peroration, it's really no wonder it was instantly dubbed "Beethoven's Tenth". Tonight's concert also gives the opportunity to hear Artist in Residence Jörg Widmann in two musical guises: as soloist in Mozart's valedictory Clarinet Concerto (about which Mozart wrote "I smoked a glorious pipe of tobacco. Then I orchestrated almost the entire Rondo..."), then as composer in his Babylon-Suite.

PART ONE
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A K.622
Jörg Widmann: Babylon-Suite

INTERVAL
(From CD)
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke for clarinet, flute, harp and two violas (arr. by Aribert Reimann)
Jörg Widmann (clarinet), Andrea Lieberknecht (flute), Jana Boušková (harp), Tatjana Masurenko, Hanna Weinmeister (violas)
Johannesburg Brahms: Piano Sonata no 3 in f minor Op5 - 5th mvt.
Nelson Freire (Piano)

PART TWO
Brahms: Symphony No 1

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (conductor)
Jörg Widmann (clarinet).

Tom Redmond presents a programme of Weber, Mozart, Widmann and Brahms given by the CBSO, conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and clarinettist Jörg Widmann from Symphony Hall Birmingham.

Brahms grappled with his First Symphony - and the weight of music history - for well over ten years. But he needn't have worried. From the pounding heartbeats of the opening, to the roof-raiser of a peroration, it's really no wonder it was instantly dubbed "Beethoven's Tenth". Tonight's concert also gives the opportunity to hear Artist in Residence Jörg Widmann in two musical guises: as soloist in Mozart's valedictory Clarinet Concerto (about which Mozart wrote "I smoked a glorious pipe of tobacco. Then I orchestrated almost the entire Rondo..."), then as maverick composer in the "linguistic confusion" of his Babylon-Suite. And to open, the overture to Weber's masterpiece of Romantic opera, Der Freischütz.

Weber: Der Freischütz - Overture
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A K.622
Jörg Widmann: Babylon-Suite

INTERVAL

Brahms: Symphony No 1

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (conductor)
Jörg Widmann (clarinet).

"doric String Quartet, Alasdair Beatson - Ades, Britten And Elgar"20170703

The Doric String Quartet and Alasdair Beatson (piano) in music by Ades, Britten and Elgar.

The Doric String Quartet perform Britten's Third String Quartet, and are joined by pianist Alasdair Beatson in quintets by Thomas Adès and Elgar.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

Thomas Adès: Piano Quintet
Britten: String Quartet No 3
8.20: Interval
8.40: Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor

Alasdair Beatson (piano)
Doric String Quartet

Alasdair Beatson joins the Doric String Quartet in Thomas Adès's single-movement Piano Quintet, a virtuosic modern take on classical sonata form, and Elgar's dramatically intense Piano Quintet in A minor. Peter Pears described Britten's late Third String Quartet as being 'of a profound beauty more touching than anything else, radiant, wise, new, mysterious - overwhelming'.

After tonight's concert Mark Padmore and Roger Vignoles perform Schumann's Liederkreis in a recording made at this year's Aldeburgh Festival.

"martyn Brabbins Conducts The Bbc Singers In Varese, Machaut, Byrd And Birtwistle"20170929

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in Varese, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.

Recorded on 23rd September at Milton Court, London

This is Rattle: Birtwistle

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.

Varèse: Octandre
Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame (with Plainsong Tropes arranged for instruments by Harrison Birtwistle)

8.15: Interval

Byrd: Lamentations
Birtwistle: Pulse Sampler; The Moth Requiem

BBC Singers
Nash Ensemble
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Ancient and modern meet in an intriguing programme that folds time back across the centuries, juxtaposing Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.
Simon Rattle has long championed Sir Harrison Birtwistle's music. Now Birtwistle returns the compliment with a personally-curated musical greeting.
In his first concerts with the LSO, Rattle reaffirms his commitment to the powerful, unmistakably personal music of Harrison Birtwistle. Birtwistle's own vocal music - and that of his forebears - forms the heart of this musical tribute from composer to conductor.

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in the intimate but atmospheric space of Milton Court, in a work that they co-commissioned: the poignant and profoundly beautiful Moth Requiem of 2012. But Birtwistle layers the concert with memories and echoing voices from across eight centuries - from Machaut to Byrd and Varèse.

"nicolas Altstaedt, Alexander Lonquich - Beethoven Cello Sonatas"20170621

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello) and Alexander Lonquich (piano) perform Beethoven's cello sonatas

Live from Wigmore Hall, Beethoven's Cello Sonatas are played by Nicolas Altstaedt, one of today's most exciting cellists, and pianist Alexander Lonquich. Spanning two decades of Beethoven's career, the five works, at once groundbreaking, witty, playful and profound, thrillingly demonstrate his transition from young Turk in the late eighteenth century to the great composer he had become by second decade of the nineteenth.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Beethoven:
Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 5 No. 1
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 69

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Alexander Lonquich (piano)

8.55pm Interval Music (from CD)
Handel: Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6 No. 5
The English Consort
Trevor Pinnock (director)

9.15pm
Beethoven:
Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
Cello Sonata in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Alexander Lonquich (piano).

"orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment - Campra, Fischer, Bach, Rameau"20170630

William Christie conducts the OAE in music by Bach, Campra, Fischer and Rameau.

Live from Birmingham's Symphony Hall, William Christie and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment present a colourful programme from every corner of the Baroque world. Two of Bach's glorious orchestral suites anchor the concert, but there's also "exotic" music from Jean-Philippe Rameau, a Frenchman dancing his way through Carnival season in Venice, and a salute to the coming of spring - all performed with Christie's ravishing sense of colour and inimitable rhythmic verve. Presented by Stuart Flinders.

Campra: Suite 'Les Fêtes vénitiennes'
Fischer: Le Journal du printemps, Op.1 No.7
Bach: Orchestral Suite No.4 in D major, BWV.1069

8.15pm
INTERVAL

8.35
Rameau: Suite 'Les Indes galantes'
Bach: Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major, BWV.1068

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
William Christie (conductor)

Followed by
Canada 150
After this week's concerts, as part of a season marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada, a chance to hear music from across the nation.

"pavel Haas Quartet - Live From Wigmore Hall: Stravinsky, Ravel, Dvorak"20171010

Live from Wigmore Hall, Pavel Haas Quartet play music by Stravinsky, Ravel and Dvorak.

Live from Wigmore Hall The Pavel Haas Quartet music by Stravinsky, Ravel and Dvorak.
The Pavel Haas Quartet have won many awards for their recordings of the music of Smetana and Janacek. Tonight they are joined by viola player Pavel Nikl for more music from their Czech homeland. And they pair this with a classic of the French repertoire.
Presented by Martin Handley.

Stravinsky: Concertino for string quartet
Ravel: String Quartet in F major

INTERVAL music: Andras Schiff plays movements from Janacek's On an overgrown path.

Dvořák: String Quintet in E flat major, Op. 97

Pavel Haas Quartet with Pavel Nikl (viola)

Written in 1920 to enliven the famous Flonzaley Quartet's repertoire, Stravinsky's brief Concertino revels in the contrasts and tension between two different scales.
It prefaces the Pavel Haas Quartet's exploration of Ravel's String Quartet in F, an emblem of poise and playfulness, and Dvořák's sonorous 'viola quintet', written in the summer of 1893 in Spillville, Iowa.

"royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Stephens, Gabrieli, Macmillan, Messiaen, Poulenc"20170619

A concert of choral music given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and James MacMillan.

Stuart Flinders presents a concert of orchestral and choral glories given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir James MacMillan in Liverpool's iconic Metropolitan Cathedral. Opening with "a great choral shout", James MacMillan's hymn of praise 'Gloria' was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the consecration of Coventry's new cathedral. It was first performed by Ian Bostridge, and Ian returns for this 50th anniversary of Liverpool's second cathedral. Messiaen's 'Forgotten Offerings' is a powerful depiction of Christ's sacrifice, written when he was barely in his 20s, and it remains a remarkable statement of belief. And proving that faith expresses itself in many forms - Poulenc's Gloria, with its distinctive mixture of seriousness and zesty exuberance. "While writing it I had in mind those Crozzoli frescoes with angels sticking out their tongues, and also some solemn-looking Benedictine monks that I saw playing football one day."

Ian Stephens: The World in One City
Gabrieli: Sonata pian' e forte a 8
James MacMillan: Gloria
Messiaen: Les Offrandes oubliées
Poulenc: Gloria

Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)
Ian Bostridge (tenor)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir with choirs of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
James MacMillan (conductor).

"royal Northern Sinfonia Playing Britten, Bach And Mendelssohn"20171006

Adam Tomlinson presents the Royal Northern Sinfonia playing Britten, Bach and Mendelssohn.

Adam Tomlinson presents the Royal Northern Sinfonia, directed by Bradley Creswick, with violinist Kyra Humphreys playing Britten, Bach and Mendelssohn at Sage Gateshead. Britten's Op.1 was written whilst a composition student of John Ireland at the Royal College of Music. It's an astonishingly assured debut for an 18 year old: in spite the hostility of the College to the radicalism of the Second Viennese School - Britten was prevented from studying with Berg in 1934 - the influence of Schoenberg is clear. In contrast, Mendelssohn's youthful Symphony No 1 looks back - Mozart a huge influence on the then-15 year old. And further, to the contrapuntalism of JS Bach, whose Concerto for 2 Violins - fittingly written for two principle orchestral violinists - also bridges the centuries as the basis of Vaughan Williams' relatively neglected Violin Concerto. And in between, a contribution to the nascent Sinfonia genre by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach, eldest (and reputedly both favourite and most talented) child of dad Johann Sebastian.

Britten: Sinfonietta, Op.1
Vaughan Williams: Violin Concerto in D minor (Accademico)
JS Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D minr, BWV 1043
WF Bach: Sinfonia in D minor
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op 11

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Kyra Humphreys (violin)
Bradley Creswick (violin/director).

"royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Nicola Benedetti"20171009

RSNO perform Stravinsky, Higgins and Elgar's Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti.

RSNO perform Stravinsky's ground-breaking Rite of Spring alongside a brilliant new work 'Velocity' by UK composer Gavin Higgins. And Scotland's best-loved violinist and international superstar Nicola Benedetti joins the orchestra for the tempestuous violin concerto by Elgar.
Recorded on Saturday 7 October at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Higgins: Velocity
Elgar: Violin Concerto

Interval at c.8.35pm
Jamie MacDougall introduces revolutionary music of another kind written by Debussy in 1913 around the same time that the infamous Rite of Spring premiered in Paris. Steven Osborne performs some of the preludes from book 2 including La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune, Ondine, Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C., Canope, Les tierces alternées and Feux d'artifice.

c.8.55pm
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin.

"sean Shibe, Julian Bliss"20170707

Sean Shibe (guitar) and Julian Bliss (clarinet) in concert at the Dreel Halls, Anstruther.

Sean Shibe, guitar and Julian Bliss, clarinet join forces at the East Neuk Festival in an eclectic recital from Bach to Reich at the Dreel Halls, Anstruther.

Steve Reich loves few composers more than JS Bach, so Sean Shibe and Julian Bliss takes that passion as inspiration for pairing ancient and modern with works for solo guitar and solo clarinet. On acoustic guitar Sean plays both Bach and the gorgeous traditional music of Fife's own James Oswald, then contrasts it with a modern classic on electric guitar, Reich's mesmerising Electric Counterpoint. Julian introduces short atmospheric works for solo clarinet from France including Messiaen's famous Abime des oiseaux, the third movement of his Quartet for the End of Time.

Oswald: Divertimenti
Excerpts from Scottish lute manuscripts, including the Rowallan, Wemyss, Straloch, Skene and Balcarres.
Messiaen: Abime des oiseaux (Quartet for the End of Time)
Bach: Solo Violin Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001 (Presto)
Julia Wolfe: LAD

8.15: Interval

8.35
Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint
Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness
Tiberiu Olah: Solo Clarinet Sonata
David Lang: Killer
Bach: Solo Violin Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001 (Adagio)
Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint

Sean Shibe, guitars
Julian Bliss, clarinet.

"the Halle, Live From Nottingham"20171017

Stuart Flinders presents a live concert given by the Halle and conductor Sir Mark Elder.

Stuart Flinders presents a concert of works by Ravel, Debussy and Mussorgsky given by the Hallé, clarinettist Sergio Castello Lopez and conductor Sir Mark Elder, live from the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.

Impressions of exotic lands long held a fascination for Ravel, and a hint came early in his career: Rapsodie Espagnole is a vision of Spain conjured by his mother's memories of Madrid. It incorporates a Carmen-inspired Habanera written 12 years earlier, and concludes with a dramatic explosion of colour and passion - and castanets.

But how else to end his Bolero other than with the instruction "as loudly as possible"? Beginning life as a commission for ballerina Ida Rubinstein, Ravel built a daringly simple structure of 17 variations, whose mounting excitement is reflected in the work's signature crescendo. Its sensational success somewhat baffled Ravel, who had predicted that most orchestras would refuse to play it.

The conductor Serge Koussevitzky urged Ravel to turn his dazzling use of orchestration to an orchestral transcription of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition for solo piano, and in the process created another 20th-century classic. Ravel's gallery tour retains all the bizarre imagery and muscular realism of the original, and blends delicate image-painting with all-Russian majesty.

In between, Debussy's exacting Première Rhapsodie - a work composed as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire's annual clarinet competition, yet one which Debussy felt to be one of the most pleasing works he had written.

Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
Debussy: Rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra
Ravel: Bolero

INTERVAL

Mussorgsky (orch Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

Hallé
Mark Elder (conductor)
Sergio Castello Lopez (clarinet).

"ulster Orchestra: Kodaly, Britten, Stravinsky"20171018

Gergely Madras conducts the Ulster Orchestra with music by Kodaly, Britten and Stravinsky.

Hungarian conductor Gergely Madras conducts the Ulster Orchestra in a concert featuring the music of another Hungarian, Zoltan Kodaly. His Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, or "Peacock Variations", was commissioned by the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to celebrate their 50th anniversary and premiered on the 23rd November 1939. Benjamin Britten only wrote one piano concerto, completed in 1938 but then revised in 1945. The piece was premiered by the composer himself as soloist on 3rd August 1938 with Sir Henry Wood conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of the BBC Proms.

Completing the programme is Stravinsky's glorious ballet The Firebird, which premiered in Paris on 25th June 1910. The work has been popular with audiences ever since and marked the beginning of the collaboration between the composer and Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

Kodaly: Variations on a Hungarian Folksong (The Peacock)
Britten: Piano Concerto
Stravinsky: The Firebird

Steven Osborne (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Gergely Madras (conductor).

"wdr Symphony Orchestra - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov"20170611

The WDR Symphony Orchestra features in a concert of music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

Ian Skelly introduces a concert of music by Rachmaninov and Tchaikokovsky recorded at the Philharmonie in Cologne in March, performed by the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Tchaikovsky
Capriccio Italien, Op.45
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43, for piano and orchestra
Kirill Gerstein (piano)
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Rachmaninov
The Isle of the Dead, Op.29, symphonic poem after Böcklin
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Tchaikovsky
Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasy after Dante's 'Divine Comedy', Op.32
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Leonard Slatkin (conductor).

06/04/20182018040520180406 (R3)

The RLPO plays Wagner, Elgar and Schumann.

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Live from Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

The RLPO plays Wagner, Elgar and Schumann.

Wagner: Overture, Rienzi
Elgar: Cello Concerto

8.15: Interval

8.35: Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
RLPO
Ben Gernon, conductor

Young Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan caused quite a stir at the 2016 Proms. Tonight, he plays Elgar's Cello Concerto, with its blend of poetry, passion and very English nostalgia. Shropshire-born Ben Gernon is another fast-rising talent, and he brings Wagner's barnstorming Rienzi overture, and Schumann's Second Symphony, basically a coded love-letter to the composer's wife, to complete the programme.

2017 International Opera Awards20170521

Petroc Trelawny presents highlights from the 2017 International Opera Awards.

Petroc Trelawny presents highlights from the 2017 International Opera Awards, which took place at the London Coliseum earlier this month.
Opera's answer to the Oscars, this annual red-carpet ceremony honours outstanding achievement, with awards including Singer of the Year, Opera Company of the Year and the annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

2017 Nieders\u00e4chsische Musiktage20180520

Performances by the NDR Radio Philharmonic from the 2017 Nieders\u00e4chsische Musiktage.

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Kate Molleson presents a programme of highlights from the 2017 Niedersächsische Musiktage, including performances of Mendelssohn and Schumann from the NDR Radio Philharmonic, plus lively folksy arrangements from clarinets and accordion quartet Faltenradio.

Mendelssohn
Symphony for strings No.4 in C minor
NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor)

Arrangements of music by Mozart, Brahms, Bernstein and Piazzolla
Faltenradio

Jorg Widmann
Paraphrase on Mendelssohn's Wedding March
Carolin Widmann (violin)

Schumann
Violin Concerto in D minor
Carolin Widmann (violin)
NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor).

2017 Nieders\u00e4chsische Musiktage20180527

Kate Molleson presents Tallis, Saariaho and Bach from the 2017 Nieders\u00e4chsische Musiktage.

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Kate Molleson presents a second programme of highlights from the 2017 Niedersächsische Musiktage,, including Paul Hillier conducting ChorWerk Ruhr and the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra in Tallis, Bach and Vasks at Osnabrück Cathedral, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducing the Junge Deutsche Philharmoie in Saariaho at the Grand Studio, NDR in Hanover.

Tallis
Spem in alium
ChorWerk Ruhr
Paul Hillier (conductor)

Kaija Saariaho
Laterna Magica
Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

Bach
Ricercar a 6
Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra
Paul Hillier (conductor)

Peteris Vasks
Dona nobis pacem
Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra
ChorWerk Ruhr, Paul Hillier (conductor).

2018 Prague Spring FestivalClosing Concert20180610

Kate Molleson presents the closing concert from this year's Prague Spring Festival.

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Kate Molleson presents the closing concert from this year's Prague Spring Festival, which took place in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House in Prague earlier this month.

Zdenek Fibich: Comenius, Op.34
Eugen Suchon: Psalm of the Carpathian Land, Op.12
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
James Judd (conductor).

50th Anniversary Of The European Broadcasting Union20171126

Ian Skelly celebrates 50 years of the European Broadcasting Union music exchange.

Ian Skelly presents a programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Broadcasting Union music exchange, with concerts from the north, east, south and west of Europe, and music by Dvorak, Granados, Pärt and Schubert.

Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op 22
Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Granados: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 49
Ludmil Angelov (piano), Breton Quartet

Arvo Pärt: Tabula rasa
Helena Wood and Elaine Clark (violins)
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste (conductor)

Schubert: String Quartet No 12, D703, 'Quartettsatz'
Vilde Frang (violin), Sayaka Shoji (violin)
Maxim Rysanov (viola), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello).

A Britten Celebration20180703

Michael Crawford performs in a 60th anniversary performance of Britten's Noye's Fludde.

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Michael Crawford joins the BBC Singers for the dramatic tale of Noah's Ark, brought to life in the stunning setting of Southwark Cathedral. The legendary entertainer and original cast member Michael Crawford is joined by amateur instrumentalists depicting animals and nature through magical musical effects under conductor Martyn Brabbins, in a performance celebrating the 60th anniversary of Britten's Noye's Fludde in the place where it received its London premiere. Alonside Noye's Fludde is Britten's quirky cantata Rejoice in the lamb and Sacred and Profane, eight medieval lyrics that explore the theme of mortality and dates from towards the end of Britten's life.

Programme

Britten: Sacred and Profane
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Op 30
INTERVAL
Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op 59

BBC Singers
Finchley Children's Music Group
Richard Pearce - organ
Jamie W Hall - Mr Noah
Jessica Gillingwater - Mrs Noah
Michael Crawford - The Voice of God
Martyn Brabbins - conductor.

A Sea Symphony And Earth Dances20171016

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in music by Birtwistle and Vaughan Williams.

Martyn Brabbins conducts Birtwistle's Earth Dances and Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle's large-scale orchestral work from 1986 explores the element of Earth with a primordial power and colossal ambition: it's one of his greatest scores and impresses with its strength and ambition 30 years on. Martyn Brabbins, a master of this music, then turns his attention to the element of Water - Ralph Vaughan Williams's choral A Sea Symphony, one of the most confident first symphonies ever, first heard in 1910, with its two singers lifting the poetry of Walt Whitman into song.
Two superb singers of the younger generation and the BBC Symphony Chorus join the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a programme that exults in the power of nature

Presented by Martin Handley and recorded at the Barbican Hall in London on 13th October.

Harrison Birtwistle: Earth Dances

2010 Interval Music
Herbert Howells: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in E flat major op26

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

A Winter Journey20171203

Ian Skelly presents a winter-themed programme, with music by Schubert and Ysaye.

Ian Skelly presents a winter-themed programme. It begins with an unusual version of Schubert's Winterreise, for voice and wind sextet with accordion. This is followed by Ysaye's Chant d'hiver, performed by violinist Gábor Barta, and Dance of the Jugglers from Tchaikovsky's the Snow Maiden.

Schubert: Winterreise, D911 (arr Normand Forget)
Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Ma'alot Wind Quintet, Tino Plener (bass clarinet), Heidi Luosujärvi (accordion)

Ysaÿe: Chant d'hiver
Gábor Barta (violin), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Kevin Griffiths (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Jugglers, from the Snow Maiden
Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor).

Academy Of Ancient Music - Bach Cantatas20160324

Bach cantatas for Lent and Passiontide played by the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk.

Introduced live from Milton Court Concert Hall in London by Martin Handley.

Bach: Cantata No 127 'Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott'; Cantata No 39 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot'

8.15 pm Interval: Glenn Gould plays Bach, from the newly remastered recordings

8.35 pm Part 2:

Bach: 'Ich lasse dich nicht' BWV Anh. 159; Cantata No 182 'Himmelskönig, sei willkommen'

Academy of Ancient Music

Choir of the AAM

Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk

Cantatas 39 and 127 date from Bach's early years at Leipzig, when he worked feverishly for the city churches of St Thomas and St Nicholas, producing three Cantata cycles for the church year. Cantata No.127 'Lord Jesus Christ, True Man and God' is for the Sunday before Lent, recalling events as Jesus approached Jerusalem for the last time. Cantata No.39 'Break your Bread for the Hungry', first performed in 1726, quotes the prophet Isaiah's exhortation to help the needy. 'Ich lasse dich nicht' ('I will not let you go unless you bless me') is an earlier work, thought to date from Bach's Weimar period, preserved in Bach's hand but possibly not composed by him. Cantata No.182 'King of Heaven, Welcome' was composed by Bach in Weimar for a Palm Sunday performance.

Pavlo Beznosiuk, leader of the Academy of Ancient Music, replaces Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie.

Academy Of Ancient Music - Vivaldi, Biber, Manfredini, Vejvanovsky, Leclair20151123

Violinist Bojan Cicic directs the Academy of Ancient Music in an astonishing programme of concertos and sonatas inspired by visions of spiritual beings and the promise of the after-life.

Recorded at West Road Concert Hall

Presented by Martin Handley

Vivaldi: Concerto in F major per la Solennitá di S Lorenzo

Vejvanovsky: Sonatas Sancti Spiritus and Paschalis

Vivaldi: Sonata in E flat major Sancto Sepolcro

Leclair: Violin Concerto in D major

Interval - Interval music from disc

Part 2:

Manfredini: Concerti Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale

Biber: Passacaglia in G minor for unaccompanied violin The Guardian Angel

Vivaldi: Concerto in E major Il Riposo per il S Natale

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major S Lingua di S Antonio di Padova

As one of the rising stars of the world of period performance, Bojan Cicic currently leads the second violin section of the AAM, and is directing several programmes with them this season. Here he directs Baroque music written for special feast days in the Christian calendar.

Academy Of Ancient Music And Jordi Savall - Handel, Lully, Rameau, Marais20170314

Jordi Savall directs the Academy of Ancient Music in Handel's Water Music, plus dance pieces by Lully, Rameau and Marin Marais. Introduced from the Barbican in London by Martin Handley.

Lully: Suite from Alceste, ou le Triomphe d'Alcide, LWV 50

Marais: Suite No.1 'Airs pour les Driades et les Bergers'; Suite No.4 'Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons' (from Alcione)

8.20 pm:

INTERVAL: Jordi Savall talks about his latest recording, 'The Routes of Slavery'

8.40 pm:

Handel: Water Music Suites No 2 in D major and No. 3 in G major

Rameau: Suite from Les Boréades

Academy of Ancient Music

Directed by Jordi Savall

The Catalan viola da gamba player and conductor Jordi Savall is acknowledged as one of the world's most innovative and adventurous musicians, constantly exploring new pieces from medieval and oriental sources, and finding a new take on familiar works. The Academy of Ancient Music have invited him to lead them in French dance music by Lully, Rameau and viola da gamba player Marin Marais, plus Handel's classic Water Music, written for a royal performance on the River Thames in 1717.

Academy Of Ancient Music: Monteverdi, Castello20161214

Richard Egarr directs the Academy of Ancient Music and leading sopranos Carolyn Samspson and Rowan Pierce in a delightful programme of seventeenth-century Venetian sacred and secular vocal and instrumental music by Claudio Monteverdi and Dario Castello.

Recorded last week at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, and presented by Verity Sharp

Monteverdi: 'Venite sitientes ad aquas', SV 335

Castello: Sonata duodecima

Monteverdi: 'O bone Jesu o piissimi Jesu', SV 313

Castello: Sonata sesta

Monteverdi: 'Exulta filia Sion', SV 303

Castello: Sonata undecima

Monteverdi: 'O beatae viae', SV 312

Carolyn Sampson and Rowan Pierce (sopranos)

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (director, harpsichord and organ)

8.10pm Interval Music (from CD)

Henry Purcell: Concert Suite (arr. Leopold Stokowski)

Johannes Ockeghem: Intemerata Dei mater (arr. Richard Egarr)

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Egarr (conductor)

Monteverdi: 'Sancta Maria succurre miseris', SV 328

Castello: Sonata quarta

Monteverdi: 'Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius', SV 287

Castello: Sonata seconda

Monteverdi: 'Jubilet tota civitas', SV 286

Castello: Sonata Nona

Monteverdi: 'Cantate Domino', SV 292

Academy Of St Martin In The Fields20160106

Alan Gilbert conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms, Beethoven and Haydn.

Recorded at Cadogan Hall, London.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Op. 56a

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37

8.15: Interval

Haydn: Symphony No. 90 in C major Hob. 1:90

Inon Barnatan, piano

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Alan Gilbert, conductor

A double act from the New York Philharmonic joins the Academy in their concert from Cadogan Hall. Their renowned Music Director, Alan Gilbert, makes his conducting debut with the Academy; and dynamic Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, for whom the role of Artist in Association was specially created in New York, makes his second London appearance with the Academy following a sold out concert together at the City of London Festival in 2014.

Academy Of St Martin In The Fields - Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn20160106

Alan Gilbert conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms, Beethoven and Haydn.

Recorded at Cadogan Hall, London.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Op. 56a

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37

8.15: Interval

Haydn: Symphony No. 90 in C major Hob. 1:90

Inon Barnatan, piano

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Alan Gilbert, conductor

A double act from the New York Philharmonic joins the Academy in their concert from Cadogan Hall. Their renowned Music Director, Alan Gilbert, makes his conducting debut with the Academy; and dynamic Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, for whom the role of Artist in Association was specially created in New York, makes his second London appearance with the Academy following a sold out concert together at the City of London Festival in 2014.

Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Chamber Ensemble - Mozart, Rossini, Schubert20150930

Live from King's Place, London.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble play a Rossini String Sonata, Mozart's Horn Quintet and Schubert's Octet

Rossini: String Sonata in G

Mozart: Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

8.15: Interval

Schubert Octet in F, D803

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works - from quintets to octets - with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the ASMF, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including winds. Their programme features Schubert's Octet, one of the staples of the chamber repertoire, along with less familiar pieces.

Adam Fischer Conducts The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment20180302

Adam Fischer conducts mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d'Oustrac and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in symphonies and arias by Mozart and Haydn at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

Mozart: Symphony No 38 in D, K504 (Prague)
Mozart: 2 Arias from La clemenza di Tito: Ecco il punto... Non piu di fiori; Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio

Interval

Haydn: Berenice, che fai (Scena di Berenice)
Haydn: Symphony No 103 in E flat (Drumroll)

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (mezzo-soprano)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Adam Fischer (conductor)

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 27 February 2018.

Alexander Vedernikov Conducts Shostakovich And Tchaikovsky20171130

Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC SSO in music by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.

Live from City Halls Glasgow
Presented by Kate Molleson

Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the 11th Symphony by Shostakovich; and they are joined by Denis Kozhukhin to perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1

0810 Interval

0830
Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 (The Year 1905)

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in two Russian works from either side of revolutionary events.

"Every single beggar in the whole of Little Russia sings exactly the same tune..." wrote Tchaikovsky, and he pinched that Ur-melody for the first movement of his super-lyrical piano concerto of 1847. And Russian street-songs also feature, with greater irony, in Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

As we mark the centenary of the 1917 Revolution we hear Shostakovich's reflections on the earlier 1905 political unrest in the Russian Empire. Writing amid the tentative de-Stalinization of the mid 1950s, and during a period of intense personal unhappiness, an increasingly garlanded Shostakovich offers a typically ambiguous and kaleidoscopic work: conceived as a popular piece, its alarm bells nevertheless ring out a sharp critique of violence, and abuses of dictatorial power.

An Evening With David Sedaris20161223

and the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Death knows no season

Recorded on 20 Dec 2016 Barbican Hall, London

David Sedaris

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

David Sedaris is smart, he's biting, and he's one of the world's best storytellers. He skilfully slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness in his droll assessment of the absurdity that teems just below the surface of everyday life. And he is hilarious.

You might have heard his hit series for BBC Radio 4, or maybe you're one of the millions across the world who have read his bestselling books. Now, hear the devastatingly funny man on stage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. This one-off evening of words and music will leave you in stitches, even if - or perhaps because - the programme is entitled 'Death knows no season'!

An evening with David Sedaris and the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Death knows no season

Andras Schiff and the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play Haydn.20180704

Andras Schiff and the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform Haydn.

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In the last of their 'Visions, Illusions & Delusions' season the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are joined by distinguished pianist and conductor András Schiff for an all-Haydn programme including two late, great works. The Mass in B flat is Haydn's last significant work and cost the 70-year-old composer a great deal of effort. It gets its name 'Harmoniemesse' or 'Wind-band mass' for its unusually prominent (for Haydn) use of wind instruments. Spoiler alert: the surprise in Haydn's Symphony No.94 is a loud unexpected chord for full orchestra in the slow movement but it would be a shame to focus on this when the rest of the music is so tirelessly fresh, inventive and full of delightful compositional sleights of hand. But perhaps the real surprise of the concert is the opportunity to hear a Haydn keyboard concerto. This D major concerto is by far Haydn's most popular with its flamboyant Hungarian gypsy rondo finale.

Presented live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall by Martin Handley.

Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major ('Surprise')
Haydn: Piano Concerto in D major

7.50pm Interval (music from CD)
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
András Schiff (piano)
Miklós Perényi (cello)

8.10pm
Haydn: Mass in B flat major ('Harmoniemesse')

Charlotte Beament (soprano)
Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano)
Nick Pritchard (tenor)
Dingle Yandell (bass baritone)
Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
András Schiff (conductor/piano).

Angela Hewitt - Bach's French Suites20170120

Live from Wigmore Hall in London, pianist Angela Hewitt performs all six of Bach's so-called 'French Suites'

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Bach:

French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812

French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813

French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815

8.15: Interval

8.35

French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817

French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

Angela Hewitt (piano)

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear works performed during a recent concert that surveyed music written and performed in Terezin and the Warsaw Ghetto - Music on the Brink of Destruction.

Arcangelo - Bach Ensemble Works20160629

The Baroque ensemble Arcangelo performs works by Bach with the violinist Isabelle Faust, soprano Anna Lucia Richter and flautist Rachel Brown.

Recorded at Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Johann Christoph Bach: Aria: Mein Freund ist mein, from Cantata Meine Freundin, du bist schön

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056R

Interval - Arcangelo's recording of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with Peter Whelan as soloist.

Part 2:

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor

JS Bach: Cantata: Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

Rachel Brown (flute)

Arcangelo

director Jonathan Cohen.

Ashley Riches song recital20180710

A programme of music titled 'Songs before sleep' performed by Ashley Riches.

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A programme of songs entitled Songs before sleep, performed by Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

Recorded on Sunday 8 July, at the Old Divinity School, St John's College as part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2018.

Ashley Riches, bass-baritone
Joseph Middleton, piano

Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ashley Riches is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton for a recital of songs on a theme of night and visions, including works by Schubert, Gounod, Duparc, Saint-Saens, Debussy and Barber. The programme also features the world premiere of a work specially composed for Ashley Riches by Kate Whitley, setting poems by Julia Copus, and finishes with Richard Rodney Bennett's Songs before Sleep, using texts taken from the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes.

Aurora Orchestra - Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn20161003

The Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, play two Mozart piano concertos and Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony, plus works by Paganini and Liszt at Kings Place in London.

Concert recorded 17/09/2016 at Kings Place in London.

Paganini: Caprice No 5

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 6 in B flat, K 238

Liszt: Le mal du pays (Homesickness) from 'Les années de pélèrinage'

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 5 in D, K 175

8.20: Interval

8.40

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italian)

Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

Thomas Gould (violin)

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

In 1762, Leopold Mozart took his 6-year-old son Wolfgang on a journey to the court in Munich to perform to Prince Elector Maximillian III of Bavaria. The visit marked the beginning of several years of touring for the Mozart family, during which the young Wolfgang entertained and astonished audiences and patrons in cities throughout Europe. For the great 'virtuosi' of the next century, travel was to become a way of life, giving rise to countless stories whose echoes still resound today: from Mozart's proposal to Marie Antoinette to Mendelssohn's inspirational travels in Italy, and the fainting sufferers of 'Lisztomania'.

Aurora Orchestra - Part, Adams, Tavener20151130

Minimalism Unwrapped: Visions: Tavener, Pärt and Adams played by the Aurora Orchestra

Recorded at Kings Place, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

John Adams: Shaker Loops

8.15: Interval

8.35

Tavener: The Protecting Veil

Thomas Gould, violin

John Reid, piano

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon, conductor

The Aurora Orchestra presents three great works of the minimalist canon, each inspired by a search for the divine. Cellist Leonard Elschenbroich joins them for The Protecting Veil, a journey of radiant intensity which stands as one of John Tavener's most widely-cherished pieces. John Adams' Shaker Loops echoes with the ecstatic dances of North America's Shaker colonies, whilst Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel ('Mirror in the Mirror') hints at infinity through the slow rise and fall of a major scale.

Aurora Orchestra - Richard Ayres And Brahms20170612

Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra in music by Richard Ayres and Brahms.

Adam Tomlinson presents a concert of Richard Ayres and Brahms (his First Symphony, given from memory) by Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on June 6th.

Richard Ayres: No 42 'In the Alps' (an animated concert)

8.20pm INTERVAL

8.40pm
Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Brahms's First Symphony is the starting point for tonight's concert, a work which took Brahms 14 years to complete, so greatly did he feel the weight of Beethoven's legacy. And in fact the big tune in the finale does nod to the one in Beethoven's 9th - "any ass can see that", Brahms conceded. The famous 'alphorn' theme is itself a springboard for Richard Ayres's NONcerto No 42 'In the Alps', which combines theatrical elements and film with a virtuosic score. Mary Bevan is the soloist in the unnervingly magical story of a girl stranded on a mountain top as a baby, after a plane crash. She's taught to sing by the alpine animals and falls in love with the distant trumpet-playing of a boy in the valley below. What could possibly go wrong?

Following tonight's concert, there'll be a chance to hear recordings by previous winners in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, ahead of the 2017 final this weekend.

Aurora Orchestra Perform An All-mozart Concert20171212

, with soloists Sophie Bevan and Tom Poster.

Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra in an all-Mozart concert with soloists Sophie Bevan and Tom Poster.

Recorded on Saturday 9 December at Kings Place, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K.246, 'Lutzow'
Mozart: Ch'io mi scordi te? K.505

c.8.20: Interval

Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate, K.165
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201

Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Tom Poster (piano)
Samuel West (reader)
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra for tonight's all-Mozart programme, which features two of Britain's brightest young talents as its soloists - pianist Tom Poster and soprano Sophie Bevan - together with readings from the actor Samuel West. The piano features prominently in the first half: after the so-called 'Lützow' Concerto (written for Countess Antonia Lützow) comes one of Mozart's most celebrated concert arias, Ch'io mi scordi te?, for soprano with piano obbligato and orchestra. The two works in the second half - the popular sacred solo motet, Exsultate Jubilate (originally written for a castrato) and the brilliantly vibrant Symphony No. 29 - were composed when the composer was still a te