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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.

20180921

The Halle Orchestra performs Brahms and Dvorak at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

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A concert by the Halle Orchestra at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall featuring the music of two composers bound by a friendship unparalleled in musical history: Brahms and Dvorak. Tonight's concert features one of the cornerstones of the piano repertoire: Brahms's 2nd piano concerto, along with Dvorak's highly dramatic 7th Symphony,

Presented by Mark Forrest.

Brahms - Piano Concerto No.2
Dvorák - Symphony No.7
Conductor
Karl-Heinz Steffens

Featuring:
Sofya Gulyak, piano

20181019

The BBC Singers and their chief conductor, Sofi Jeannin, perform works by Lully and Rameau

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Choral music from the BBC Singers.

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Concert from Radio 3.

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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