Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert - Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend 2017

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01Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend At Cedars Hall, Wells - Towards The Revolution20171114

Alexander Melnikov curates the first of four concerts reflecting the 1917 Revolution.

This week's Lunchtime Concerts were recorded at Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend at Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School in September 2017, where Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov curated a weekend of short concerts to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Today, the Symbolist pictures of Prokofiev's Vision Fugitives, luminous Scriabin, and Rachmaninov's 1902 Variations on a Theme of Chopin.

Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Op. 22
Scriabin: Vers la flame
Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme by Chopin Op. 22

Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Produced by Dominic Jewel for BBC Wales.

02Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend At Cedars Hall, Wells - Towards The Revolution20171115

Lyrical songs of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov are performed at Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend.

This week's Lunchtime Concerts were recorded at Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend at Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School in September 2017, where Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov curated a weekend of short concerts to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Today, lyrical songs of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, including one of the last compositions Rachmaninov wrote before leaving Russia in 1917, his Six Romances.

Prokoviev: Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova Op. 27 (The Sun Has Filled the Room; Real Tenderness; Memory of the Sun; Hello!; The Grey-Eyed King)

Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Prokoviev: The Ugly Duckling, Op. 18
A tale by Hans Christian Andersen adapted by Nina Meshchersky

Rachmaninov: Six Romances, Op.38 (In My Garden at Night; To Her; Daisies; The Rat-Catcher; The Dream; A-u! (The Quest)); Do Not Sing My Beauty to Me, Op. 4 No.4

Julia Sitkovetsky (soprano), Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Produced by Dominic Jewel for BBC Wales.

03Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend At Cedars Hall, Wells - Towards The Revolution20171116

Alexander Melnikov curates a third concert reflecting the build-up to Revolution in 1917.

This week's Lunchtime Concerts were recorded at Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend at Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School in September 2017, where Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov curated a weekend of short concerts to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Today, Scriabin's formidable 'Black Mass' sonata is paired with Rachmaninov's deeply felt piano and cello Sonata in G minor.

Rachmaninov: Sonata in G minor for piano and cello, Op. 19
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.9, Op. 68, 'Black Mass'
Glazunov: Chant du ménestrel, Op.71

Andrei Ioniţă (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Produced by Dominic Jewel for BBC Wales.

04Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend At Cedars Hall, Wells - Towards The Revolution20171117

Alexander Melnikov curates a final concert, reflecting the impact of the 1917 Revolution.

This week's Lunchtime Concerts were recorded at Radio 3's Big Chamber Weekend at Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School in September 2017, where Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov curated a weekend of short concerts to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Today, Alexander examines the ongoing impact of Revolution on one of the most prominent musical voices of Russia in the 20th century, Dimitri Shostakovich.

In addition to Alexander Melnikov, performers over the weekend were Julia Sitkovetsky (soprano), Andrei Ioniţă (cello), Alexandra Conunova (violin) and Ilona Domnich (soprano).

Shostakovich: Piano Trio, No.1 Op.8

Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues, Op.87
No 7 in A major: No 8 in F sharp minor

Shostakovich: Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok Op. 127
(Ophelia's Song; Gamayun, the Prophetic Bird; We Were Alone; The City is Asleep; The Storm; Secret Signs; Music)

Alexandra Conunova (violin), Andrei Ioniţă (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Ilona Domnich (soprano)

Produced by Dominic Jewel for BBC Wales.