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2013011220160917 (R3)

Actress and impressionist Jan Ravens's musical "impressions", from comedy parodies to cunning disguises, impressionist art and evocations of far-away places. Music includes piano pieces by Peter Warlock and works by Debussy, Beethoven, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Delius, Saint-Saëns, Honegger and... Dudley Moore.

20141108

Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustics at Salford University, became an acoustic engineer because it combines his twin passions for science and music. Whilst studying science at school he took up the clarinet and was inspired by the playing of Emma Johnson when she won the Young Musician of the Year. He is fascinated by the effect that the acoustics of different concert venues have on the sound of music, and his choice of music in the programme reflects this. With music by Wagner, Bach, Debussy and Liszt.

18th Century Season: Rolando Villazon20140426

As part of the BBC's 18th Century Season, tenor Rolando Villazon chooses some of his favourite moments from Mozart's operas, alongside music by other composers that was inspired by Mozart's wonderful operatic melodies.

The programme includes music from Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Lucio Silla, Cosi fan Tutte, Die Zauberflote, Clemenza di Tito, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, as well as sets of variations on Mozart's themes composed by Chopin and Beethoven.

2013 Retrospective20131228

Journalist, author and music blogger Jessica Duchen presenst a musical tribute to some of the outstanding musicians who died in 2013.

Including Colin Davis, Van Cliburn, Henri Dutilleux, John Tavener.

Alex Poots20150711

With Manchester International Festival in full swing this week's presenter is the outgoing founding director, Alex Poots. Alex shares music associated with his career in Manchester, at the Tate Britain, the Barbican Centre and the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Music includes, Shostakovich, Morton Feldman, Steve Martland, Purcell, Bach and Mozart.

Amanda Foreman20160416

Writer and historian Dr Amanda Foreman takes a personal journey through the musical history of Britain, introducing works which have inspired her over the years and which reflect different aspects of what it is to be British.

Foreman is the author of the award-winning best sellers, 'Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire' (1999) and 'A World on Fire: A Epic History of Two Nations Divided (2011), and is seen and heard frequently on TV and radio history programmes.

Having lived in the UK and the United States, Foreman has both an inside and outside view of Britain and the music which defines it. In her varied choice, she introduces works such as the Medieval "Agincourt Carol", pieces by Byrd and John Bull which entertained women in the Tudor Court, as well as evocative musical portrayals of the 20th century English and Scottish landscapes by Elgar and Hamish MacCunn.

2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and in amongst Foreman's choices are works inspired by his writing, including Judith Weir's "Storm" with texts from "The Tempest", incidental music from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mendelssohn and Henry Bishop's "Lo! Here the lark" from his music for "The Comedy of Errors".

Other music includes works by Henry Wood, Ethel Smyth, Thomas Weelkes, Henry Purcell, William Walton and Hubert Parry.

Producer Helen Garrison.

Angel Blue20150613

American soprano Angel Blue with a celebration of the human voice in song and opera. Artists featured include Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo and Noah Stewart.

Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate: Alleluia

Joan Sutherland; National PO, Richard Bonynge

Rossini: Stabat Mater: Inflammatus et accensus

Montserrat Caballe; RCA Italian Ch and O, Carlo Felice Cillario

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra: Act One, Scene 2

Placido Domingo, Angel Blue; O de la Comunitat Valenciana, Pablo Heras-Casado

Barber: Knoxville - Summer of 1915

Leontyne Price; New Philharmonia, Thomas Schippers

Giordano: Andrea Chenier: Act Four finale

Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi; Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Wolf: Auf ein altes Bild

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Geoffrey Parsons

R Strauss: Befreit

Jonas Kaufman, Helmut Deutsch

Debussy: Beau soir

Jessye Norman, James Levine

Heggie: Joy Alone

Angel Blue, Iain Burnside

Weill: Das Lied von den Braunen Inseln

Teresa Stratas, Richard Woitach

M Monk: Do you be

Meredith Monk

Ades: Life Story

Mary Carewe, Thomas Ades

Ani DiFranco: Not a Pretty Girl

Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

O sole mio

Luciano Pavarotti

Without a Song

Noah Stewart

McCartney: This Never Happened Before

Paul McCartney

The Holy City; I Go to the Rock

Sylvester Blue.

Anne Reid2015091920170114 (R3)

Actress Anne Reid chooses some of her favourite music, and pieces which have shaped her life and career, including works by Debussy, Bernstein, Liszt, Khachaturian, Ravel, Coates, Lehar, Delius, Poulenc and Franck, with a hint of Pat Metheny.

Anthony Horowitz20131214

is a major author of young people's fiction and a prolific screenwriter; he also loves the piano as demonstrated in his presentation of favourite music.

His work for children and teenagers includes several popular series of books: "The Diamond Brothers", "Alex Rider", and "The Power of Five" (or "Gamekeeper") series. He also writes for adults and his list of books includes a Sherlock Holmes novel "The House of Silk".

For Saturday Classics, Anthony introduces a selection of favourite music, including pieces by Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart and Bellini demonstrating a broad range of tastes, but with a particular love of the piano.

Author John Banville Introduces Music By Mahler, Faure And Tom Lehrer20140208

The Irish-born writer John Banville, author of 'Kepler', 'The Book of Evidence' and 'Ancient Light' introduces a personal choice of music for a Saturday afternoon, including music by Fauré, Bach, Mahler, Brahms and Tom Lehrer.

Producer Chris Wines.

Bafta Film Awards 201420140215

Ella Spira previews the music by the nominees for the category of Best Score in tomorrow's 2014 BAFTA Film Awards, alongside a selection of music celebrating the British cinema: music composed by celebrated composers that has featured on British screens.

Ella's journey begins with the British cinema of the 1930s and scores by Benjamin Britten and Arthur Bliss; through the war years with music by Auric and Walton; into the latter half of the 20th century and up to the present day featuring - among others - music by Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Dankworth, Beethoven and Handel.

There is also the chance to catch up with the five composers nominated for the category of Best original score in the 2014 BAFTA Film Awards - the winner of which will be announced tomorrow.

The BAFTA Awards reward the best work, of any nationality, seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year. This year's films and nominees are:

"Captain Phillips" music by Henry Jackman

"The Book Thief" music by John Williams

"12 Years A Slave" music by Hans Zimmer

"Gravity" music by Steven Price

"Saving Mr. Banks" music by Thomas Newman

(See also Sound of Cinema at 16.00, with Matthew Sweet).

Baroque Spring: John Eliot Gardiner20130309

As part of Baroque Spring, conductor John Eliot Gardiner introduces a selection of music closely linked to his career.

John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the great pioneers of baroque period performance with his Monteverdi Choir and Soloists. But not exclusively so. In this programme, he recalls his studies in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and features performances from musical mentors such as Colin Davis and Charles MacKerras, and selects performances of music by Byrd, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann and Berlioz, among others, and talks passionately about his love of the music of JS Bach.

Brahms Debussy And Tchaikovsky Appear In Richard Sisson's Celebration Of Summer2013071320140531

With what optimism did the BBC invite composer Richard Sisson to present a selection of music for the Spring; sadly, however, the fluttering blossom of that season appears to have withered on his bough, so to speak. Forced to embark on a serious bit of professional diversification, he has nevertheless been invited to return with a Summer selection which will be broadcast from his ice-cream van in a loading bay just round the corner from the BBC. Amongst the cornets and wafers expect Janacek, Brahms, Legrand, Getz and possibly hundreds and thousands...

First broadcast in July 2013.

With what optimism did the BBC invite composer Richard Sisson to present a selection of music for the Spring season; sadly, however, the fluttering blossom of that season appears to have withered on his bough, so to speak. Forced to embark on a serious bit of professional diversification, he has nevertheless been invited to return with a Summer selection which will be broadcast from his ice-cream van in a loading bay just round the corner from the BBC. Amongst the cornets and wafers expect Janacek, Brahms, Legrand, Getz and possibly hundreds and thousands.

Bridget Kendall20160625

As Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall prepares to leave the BBC after more than three decades she looks back at her global postings and presents the music that accompanied her through them.

From Shostakovich, Gershwin and Shchedrin in Moscow, where she reported on the fall of the Soviet Union, to Bernstein, Villa Lobos and the Appalachian folk music she experienced for the first time whilst Washington Correspondent in the mid-nineties. Plus music from Cambridge, where she grew up and is now returning to as the first female master of Peterhouse College.

Brigit Forsyth2012042820140405

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with a diverse selection of music by actress and cellist Brigit Forsyth, illustrating her love of the cello. The programme includes works by Bach, Fauré, Shostakovich, Vivaldi, Moeran and Philip Glass, and features performances from some of Brigit's favourite cellists, including Jacqueline de Pré, Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich and Beatrice Harrison.

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with a diverse selection of music by actress and cellist Brigit Forsyth, illustrating her love of the cello. The programme includes works by Bach, Faur, Shostakovich, Vivaldi, Moeran and Philip Glass, and features performances from some of Brigit's favourite cellists, including Jacqueline du Pr, Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich and Beatrice Harrison.

Actress Brigit Forsyth selects music for cello by Bach, Faure, Shostakovich and Glass.

Chris Jarvis20160827

CBeebies Presenter Chris Jarvis looks ahead to the CBeebies Prom by choosing some of his favourite classical music for, and about children, including Saint-Saëns's "Carnival of the Animals", Fauré's "Dolly Suite", Schumann's "Kinderszenen", Leroy Anderson's "The Typewriter", Trevor Duncan's "Children in the Park" suite, Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk", and Frankie Howerd's inimitable recording of "Peter and the Wolf".

Classical Voice Season: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa20150620

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa presents a special live edition of Saturday Classics from the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Danielle De Niese20150912

, soprano star of tonight's Last Night of the Proms presents a highly revealing selection of the classical music she loves. Danielle's chosen composers include Mozart, Handel, Massenet, Stravinsky and performances by Kiri Te Kanawa, Murray Perahia, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Barbra Streisand and others.

David Nicholls2015060620151128 (R3)

, best selling author of Starter for Ten, One Day, and Us, and screenwriter of the 2015 film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, presents his selection of Saturday Classics. David's choices include a wide selection from Bach, Schubert, and Brahms to Craig Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Tom Waits.

David Nicholls, best selling author of Starter for Ten, One Day, and Us, and screenwriter of the current film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd, presents his selection of Saturday Classics. David's choices include a wide selection from Bach, Schubert, and Brahms to Craig Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Tom Waits.

Debbie Wiseman20150314

, composer of soundtracks for "Tom and Viv"; "Wilde" and for the recent television adaptation of "Wolf Hall" presents a selection of music for a Saturday afternoon.

Debbie features pieces that have shaped and coloured her musical thinking including works by Haydn, Prokofiev, Mozart, Messiaen, Debussy, Korngold, Dave Grusin and John Barry.

Diana Rigg20150516

Dame Diana Rigg introduces a selection of music from around the globe inspired by her career as an actress. She recalls some of the key events in her acting life with examples from the music that has often accompanied it. Her selection includes music by Wolf-Ferrari, Smetana, Faure, John Barry, Mozart, AR Ramen, Copland, Sondheim, Barber, Vaughan-Williams, Karl Jenkins and Irving Berlin.

Django Bates20130824

Ahead of his Charlie "Bird" Parker inspired Prom, Jazz musician Django Bates introduces an eclectic mix of music inspired by birds, from Rautavaara and Ravel to Ronnie Ronalde and the Mighty Sparrow.

Eleanor Oldroyd20120811

Sports broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd explores the links between music and sport.

"The olympic games continue to facinate and inspire each one of us - the human spirit soars, and we strive for the best within us. These are the qualities which we seek to capture, describe and preserve through music." John Williams

From pieces that have accompanied iconic sporting moments and music used for sports broadcasting to composers' own sporting passions, in todays's Saturday Classics, Sports Broadcaster and keen amateur musician Eleanor Oldroyd explores the various links between music and sport. Including works by Mozart, Ravel, Handel and Shostakovich among many others.

Elizabeth Watts20140913

The Soprano Elizabeth Watts, who is singing in the Last Night of the Proms, chooses some of her musical favourites, including music that inspired her to become a singer. Elizabeth's choices include music by Bach and Beethoven, and her first ever Proms performance in Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica.

Emma Johnson20140712

Clarinettist Emma Johnson chooses some of her favourite orchestral and chamber music for wind instruments, including some less well-known moments for alto flute, oboe d'amore, bass clarinet and contrabassoon, as well as some English bagpipes and a quartet of accordions! Her music choices include pieces by Rossini, Elgar, Bach, Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten, Mozart, Ligeti, Schubert, Piazzolla, Richard Strauss, Nino Rota and John Dankworth.

Eric Whitacre20120901

Following on from his debut Prom last Wednesday, Eric Whitacre introduces a selection of music that has been of particular inspiration to him. Eric Whitacre, called the 'choral king of cool', is the first composer to have used social media connecting thousands of singers through YouTube across the world to perform his music. In today's programme he chooses a few works that have helped inspire him as a composer, including the string quartet by Ravel which he studied while a student at the Juilliard School of Music, a movement of a piano concerto by Mozart and Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony.

Composer Eric Whitacre introduces music that has been of particular inspiration to him.

Evelyn Glennie - Personal Reflections2012070720140614

Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie presents a selection of music that had a particular influence on her as a young musician, including pieces by composers who became important in her journey as the world's first full-time solo percussionist. The programme includes music by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, James MacMillan and JS Bach.

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie presents a selection of music that was of particular influence to her as a young musician, including pieces by composers who became important in her journey as the world's first full-time solo percussionist. The programme includes music by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, James Macmillan and JS Bach.

Evelyn Glennie 2/22012071420140621

Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie presents the second of her two programmes of music by composers who influenced her as a solo percussionist, but also pushed the boundaries of percussion playing. The programme includes music by Milhaud, Vivaldi, Kodaly and Haydn.

First broadcast in July 2012.

Free Thinking: Music About Freedom20131026

This year's Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival of ideas is currently taking place at Sage Gateshead. As a companion piece to the festival, regular Night Waves presenter Rana Mitter explores the connections between music and freedom.

BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead 25-27 October and is broadcast for three weeks on Radio 3 from Friday 25 October.

To coincide with the 2013 Free Thinking festival, Rana Mitter explores music and freedom.

Gabriel Prokofiev20151010

Composer Gabriel Prokofiev, whose Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra is one of the new BBC Ten Pieces aimed at secondary schools, with a personal choice of music.

Giles Fraser20121110

To mark this year's weekend of Remembrance, Giles Fraser chooses pieces by musicians who were affected by the two World Wars. The music includes works by George Butterworth, Rudi Stephan, both of whom were killed in action during WWI. There's also music by Ivor Gurney, whose mental health was deeply affected by a mustard gas attack on The Somme; Pavel Haas, who was murdered in the gas chambers at Auschwitz; and pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who rebuilt his career as a pianist after losing his arm during WWI.

Greta Scacchi20160319

Actor Greta Scacchi with a personal selection of aquatic and sea-themed music including 'La mers' from Debussy and Charles Trenet, Schubert's 'Trout' Quintet and an extract from Britten's opera Peter Grimes. Her choice also includes songs from Joni Mitchell, Fats Waller and Mario Lanza

Star of films such as The Player and The Red Violin, Greta Scacchi has been seen most recently as Countess Rostov in BBC One's epic production of War And Peace. For Saturday Classics, she draws on her Italian roots, her adolescence in Australia and her passionate advocacy of maritime environmental causes for a wide-ranging selection of music.

James Jolly: Paavo Berglund20120505

Broadcaster James Jolly chooses some of his favourite recordings from the legacy of Finnish conductor and celebrated Sibelius exponent Paavo Berglund, who died earlier this year. Berglund's 60-year career saw him take the helm of some of Europe's best orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Oslo Philharmonic, and James Jolly's selection features recordings from each of these great orchestras performing music by Sibelius, Nielsen, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Smetana, Vaughan Williams and Walton.

James Rhodes20160611

In the first of two programmes this month pianist James Rhodes presents music that's changed his life: including recordings by iconic twentieth century pianists Glenn Gould and Vladimir Horowitz, and performances by some of today's leading virtuosi including the Labeque sisters, Arcadi Volodos, and Sergio Tiempo. Plus extracts from Cosi fan tutte conducted by Teodor Currentzis.

Until the age of 14, James had no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. Aged 18 he stopped playing the piano entirely for a decade. Since returning to the piano, he has released five albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts. His bestselling memoir, Instrumental, is a moving and compelling story that was almost banned until the Supreme Court unanimously overthrew an injunction in May 2015. He has performed in venues around the world from the Barbican, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Soho Theatre in the UK to halls in Paris, Australia, Hong Kong, Chicago, Vienna and more.

James will be back next week with another edition of Saturday Classics.

James Rhodes20160618

In the second of two programmes this month pianist James Rhodes presents music that's changed his life: including recordings by iconic twentieth century pianists Glenn Gould and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and performances by some of today's leading virtuosi including Marc-Andre Hamelin, Joseph Moog, and Evgeny Kissin. Plus extracts from The Marriage of Figaro conducted by Teodor Currentzis.

Until the age of 14, James had no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. Aged 18 he stopped playing the piano entirely for a decade. Since returning to the piano, he has released five albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts. His bestselling memoir, Instrumental, is a moving and compelling story that was almost banned until the Supreme Court unanimously overthrew an injunction in May 2015. He has performed in venues around the world from the Barbican, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Soho Theatre in the UK to halls in Paris, Australia, Hong Kong, Chicago, Vienna and more.

Plus news of how you can take part in a special edition of Saturday Classics with James later this summer if you're an amateur pianist as part of the BBC Get Playing campaign.

James Rhodes20160820

presents another selection of his favourite recordings including performances by pianists Marc-Andre Hamelin, Jorge Bolet, and Fazil Say, and symphonic works by Beethoven and Sibelius.

As part of BBC Get Playing he also introduces specially recorded performances by some inspiring amateur pianists and talks to them about the impact music making has on their lives.

James Rhodes20160910

presents another selection of his favourite recordings, including performances by pianists Jorge Bolet, Grigory Sokolov and Jean-Marc Luisada, and symphonic works by Tchaikovsky and Mozart.

As part of BBC Get Playing he also introduces specially recorded performances by some inspiring amateur pianists and talks to them about the impact music making has on their lives.

Jan Ravens20130112

Actress and impressionist Jan Ravens's musical "impressions", from comedy parodies to cunning disguises, impressionist art and evocations of far away places. Music includes new recordings of piano pieces by Peter Warlock and works by Debussy, Beethoven, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Delius, Saint-Saens, Honegger and...Dudley Moore

Joanne Harris At Free Thinking20151107

A special edition of Radio 3's Saturday Classics where the multimillion-selling author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, broadcasts live from the Free Thinking Festival studio in the foyer at Sage Gateshead, choosing music which has inspired and moved her.

John Rutter20121229

Composer John Rutter introduces a selection of New Year carols.

Joshua Bell20130720

In the lead up to his appearance at this year's BBC Proms violinist Joshua Bell introduces a personal selection of music for a Saturday afternoon.

The American violinist Joshua Bell is one of the world's most sought after and respected musicians. For Saturday Classics he introduces a personal selection of music reflecting his wide range of music-making, featuring masterpieces from the string repertoire by Schubert, Bloch and Saint-Saens; music inspired by bluegrass and film; and a hommage to some great violinists of the past. He also reflects his more recent journey with the Academy of St Martin in Fields as a conductor.

Josie Long20160806

Comedian Josie Long with favourite classical and folk music for an Audio Survival Kit.

Comedian and writer Josie Long presents a rich selection of her favourite classical and folk music to compile an Audio Survival Kit - her perfect soundtrack for uncertain times. Alongside music by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Poulenc and Mahler, Josie also chooses music from some of her favourite folk musicians including Andrew Bird and James Yorkstone, plus her "top two female folk harpists" - Joanna Newsom and Serafina Steer.

Joyce Didonato20130907

Soprano Joyce DiDonato sings in tonight's 'Last Night of the Proms'. This afternoon, she introduces recordings which have influenced her life and career, including music by Poulenc, Chopin, Vivaldi, Rachmaninov and Montsalvatge in performances by Frederica von Stade, Victoria de los Angeles, Alexandre Tharaud, Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn.

Katie Derham20151017

presents a selection of classical music inspired by dance, from the Viennese Waltz to the Argentine Tango, and reflects on her Strictly Come Dancing experience so far.

Katie Puckrik20160116

American broadcaster Katie Puckrik indulges in a little 'classical cross-pollination' as she presents familiar music in unfamiliar settings. Her choices include the first movement of Bach's concerto for two violins in D minor played by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and the Hallelujah Chorus performed by the folk trio The Roches. There is music which contains American folk themes (Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid and the Hawthorne movement from Charles Ives' Piano Sonata No.2) and music played on the 'wrong' instruments (the first movement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3 performed on the Moog synthesizer and the Largo from the Winter movement of Vivaldi's the Four Seasons on a church organ).

Krister Henriksson2015120520161224 (R3)

Actor Krister Henriksson, known to many as rumpled Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, presents a personal selection of music.

In Henning Mankell's novels and subsequent television films Wallander's musical tastes are very much operatic: his dog is even named after the legendary tenor Jussi Björling. Krister, who played the role for over a decade after a long and acclaimed stage career, presents a more varied selection today including works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Arvo Pärt, and performances by some of his favourite Swedish artists including jazz pianist Jan Johansson, singer Monica Zetterlund, and ABBA's own Benny Andersson. Krister also reflects on his home town of Stockholm, his early performances in Peer Gynt, and his experience of working with Ingmar Bergman.

First broadcast in December 2015 as part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season.

Live At Southbank Centre: Lucy Parham20140322

Pianist Lucy Parham introduces a selection of music for a Saturday afternoon inspired by the stage, live from Southbank Centre in London.

Alongside her succesful career as a concert pianist, and her passion for piano music, Lucy Parham has a great love of theatre and ballet. For Saturday Classics she has devised a programme of music composed especially for the theatre and dance. Items include incidental music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schumann and ballet music from Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

The programme will be broadcast live from the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café. If you're in the area, come along to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

Live At Southbank Centre: Nicholas Hytner20140329

The National Theatre's Director, Nicholas Hytner, presents a personal selection of music for a Saturday afternoon live from Southbank Centre as part of the Radio 3's South Bank Residency from the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Cafe and to mark the 50th anniversary Season of the neighbouring National Theatre.

Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

Live From The Free Thinking Festival: David Hepworth20141101

Live from the Radio 3 Free Thinking festival in Gateshead, rock music journalist David Hepworth chooses some of the classical pieces that have crept into his extensive CD collection over the years.

Lj Rich20140524

Saturday Classics this week is presented by LJ Rich, BBC technology expert and presenter of "Click", the BBC's global science and technology TV programme. She is also a classically trained musician and composer. LJ's selection of music includes Borodin, Janacek, Mozart, Debussy and Terry Riley.

Luca Turin20151031

Biophysicist, fragrance expert and leading proponent of the vibrational theory of smell, Luca Turin presents a selection of music he associates with his favourite scents.

Lucy Parham20150221

Pianist Lucy Parham introduces a selection of music inspired by the love lives of the great composers, including Mozart, JS Bach, Berlioz, Liszt, Bartok, Janacek, Debussy, Faure and Schumann.

Lucy Worsley20120602

The historian Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, presents a selection of music reflecting the Diamond Jubilees of Her Majesty the Queen, another long serving British monarch, Queen Victoria.

Mariella Frostrup20120225

Presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup introduces a selection of music inspired by musical family legacies. Mariella begins the programme with music by Vivaldi her father played to her as a child, and continues with repertoire by both Leopold and Wolfgang Mozart, Robert and Clara Schumann and Ravel's glorious Mother Goose Suite.

Broadcaster Mariella Frostrup introduces music inspired by family legacies.

Marin Alsop20150307

In 2013, Marin Alsop made history by becoming the first female conductor of the famous Last Night of the Proms. To mark International Women's Day on 8 March, Marin guides us through a selection of pieces that have defined her life in music so far, including works by Bernstein, Mahler, Brahms and Beethoven.

Mark Monahan20161210

Dance critic Mark Monahan goes on a whistle-stop tour through the first 100 years of the ballet as we know it today, looking at the ground-breaking works that took cities such as Paris and St Petersburg by storm. He traces the history of ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake which were - surprisingly - both resounding flops when Tchaikovsky premiered them, only being rescued later by the dance-maker Marius Petipa. And he looks at the enormous influence of Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, beginning with Mikhail Fokine's 1907 ballet Chopiniana, leading to famous scores by Stravinsky and Ravel.

Image of Mark Monahan courtesy of David Rose.

Dance critic Mark Monahan goes on a whistle-stop tour through the first 100 years of the ballet as we know it today, looking at the ground-breaking works that took cities such as Paris and St Petersburg by storm. He traces the history of ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake which were - surprisingly - both resounding flops when Tchaikovsky premiered them, only being rescued later by the dance-maker Marius Petipa. And he looks at the enormous influence of Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes, beginning with Mikhail Fokine's 1907 ballet Chopiniana, leading to famous scores by Stravinsky and Ravel.

Mark Monahan20161231

Dance critic Mark Monahan presents music for the ballet from the 1930s to the present day. Including music by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Khachaturian and Philip Glass.

Martin Sixsmith20160716

Journalist Martin Sixsmith presents a programme of Russian music. Having studied both Russian and Psychology extensively Martin explores how music might help us understand Russia's sense of self, and the extent to which it's been shaped by traumatic events and competing world views throughout its tumultuous history.

Mary Anne Hobbs20150801

In advance of her appearance at the Royal Albert Hall to present the BBC 6Music Prom, Mary Anne Hobbs presents two hours of music that traverses the boundaries between classical music and the so-called 'New Classical'. Mary Anne's third appearance on Saturday Classics includes composers such as Arvo Pärt, Debussy, Bach, Guillaume de Machaut, Liszt, Philip Glass and Saint-Saëns. She also includes works by the 6Music Prom performers, Nils Frahm and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

In advance of her appearance at the Royal Albert Hall to present the BBC 6Music Prom, Mary Anne Hobbs presents two hours of music that traverses the boundaries between classical music and the so-called 'New Classical'. Mary Anne's third appearance on Saturday Classics includes composers such as Arvo Pärt, Debussy, Bach, Guillaume de Machaut, Liszt, Philip Glass and Saint-Saens. She also includes works by the 6Music Prom performers, Nils Frahm and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Matthew Barley On Travel20130413

Cellist Matthew Barley explores music connected with travel, including works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Vaughan Williams and Sibelius.

Michel Roux Jr2013120720161217 (R3)

does not allow music in his restaurants nor in their kitchens. For him the food is the music. However, he is a great music lover - of both classical music and, in particular, of the mainly French chanson tradition. In this edition of Saturday Classics he presents a selection of music including Wagner, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brassens, Piaf, Brel and Trenet.

First broadcast in December 2013.

Milos Karadaglic2014101820160109 (R3)

The young Classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic has topped the classical music charts around the world, and has been compared to the legendary John Williams and Julian Bream. He presents a personal choice of music that has inspired him, and describes how his musical tastes dramatically expanded when he left his native Macedonia to study in London. Milos chooses not only music for guitar but a wide range of classical music, including the Russian greats Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

Mozart, Beethoven And Benny Goodman, Chosen By Clarinettist Emma Johnson20130504

Clarinettist Emma Johnson presents her personal choice of music for wind instruments, including concertos and chamber pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Brahms, Strauss, Poulenc, Nielsen, Milhaud, Messiaen and Benny Goodman.

Natalie Clein20111029

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, cellist Natalie Clein shares some of the music and musicians that continue to inspire her, including Janacek's Violin Sonata, Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D minor, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Brahms's Piano Concerto No.2 and recordings by Daniil Shafran, Zara Nelsova and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Natalie Clein shares some of her favourite pieces and musicians that have inspired her.

Neil Sedaka2014102520160723 (R3)

Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka rose to fame in the 1950s with hits including 'Oh Carol', 'Calendar Girl' and 'Stairway to Heaven' and has sold millions of records in the last six decades. A prodigiously talented pianist from a young age he studied at the Juilliard School in New York in his teens and in the last few years has written his own classical works. His piano-themed selection today includes works by Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev.

New Year New Music - Tansy Davies20160102

As part of the New Year New Music season, composer Tansy Davies, whose opera Between Worlds was recently premiered at the Barbican, presents a personal choice of music. Her choices include pieces by her former composition teacher, Simon Bainbridge, and by Gerald Barry, Joe Cutler, George Benjamin and György Ligeti. The programme also includes the first broadcast of her own piano concerto, Nature.

Nichola Mcauliffe20120908

Actress Nichola McAuliffe chooses some forgotten gems.

Actress Nichola McAuliffe chooses a personal selection of musical "forgotten gems": composers and performers whose fame was enormous in their lifetimes but whose names may have slipped from our 21st-century memories. The programme includes music by Meyerbeer, Graupner, Dittersdorf, Myaskovsky, Rutland Boughton, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Pauline Viardot and performances by pianist Alfred Cortot, sopranos Dora Labette, Dame Isobel Baillie and Mary Thomas and tenor William Heddle Nash.

Nicola Benedetti20111203

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, violinist Nicola Benedetti shares some of her favourite pieces and the musicians that continue to inspire her.

Her selection includes music by Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Vivaldi and Mozart performed by musicians such as singer Renee Fleming and violinist Rachel Podger as well as by Yehudi Menuhin who was a central figure in her life as a student violinist.

Nicola Benedetti shares some of the classical music and musicians that inspire her.

Nicola Benedetti20111210

Violinist, Nicola Benedetti continues her selection of classical music and musicians that move her with a mixture of pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Strauss and Vivaldi performed by some of the world's most inspirational musicians.

Nicola's first choice clearly lies with the great Romantic classics of the 19th century, but within her mix is an enthusiam for the music of Vivaldi alongside the music of Shostakovich, Bernstein and Jazz composer Wynton Marsalis.

Her choice of artists include the singers Jessie Norman and Renee Fleming, Sviatolsav Richter and the Borodin Quartet and violinist Giuliano Carmignola and Venice Baroque among others.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti selects music from Vivaldi, Bernstein and Wynton Marsalis.

Nishat Khan - Where West Meets East20130817

Sitar virtuoso Nishat Khan introduces a selection of music reflecting the inspiration for his BBC Proms concert in which Eastern and Western ideas come together. His choice includes music by Britten, Rodrigo, Mozart, Messiaen, John Foulds and Miles Davis; as well as items recorded by himself and members of his family, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Imrat Khan.

Noah Stewart20121215

American tenor Noah Stewart chooses pieces and recordings that have shaped his career, including music by Verdi, Mozart, Brahms, Sarasate, Puccini, Britten and Caldara. There are performances by some of his favourite singers such as Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Beniamino Gigli and Mario Lanza, as well as jazz from Miles Davis and Fats Waller

Noriko Ogawa2012040720121103

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with a selection of music chosen by acclaimed pianist Noriko Ogawa to illustrate her life in music. Includes works by Debussy, Mozart, Bach and Liszt.

Celebrated pianist Noriko Ogawa selects music to illustrate her life in music.

Northern Lights: Hilary Finch20151219

Northern Lights season - music journalist Hilary Finch chooses great Northern performers.

Northern Lights: Krister Henriksson20151205

As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season actor Krister Henriksson, known to many as rumpled Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, presents a personal selection of music.

In Henning Mankell's novels and subsequent television films Wallander's musical tastes are very much operatic: his dog is even named after the legendary tenor Jussi Björling. Krister, who played the role for over a decade after a long and acclaimed stage career, presents a more varied selection today including works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Arvo Part, and performances by some of his favourite Swedish artists including jazz pianist Jan Johansson, singer Monica Zetterlund, and ABBA's own Benny Andersson... Krister also reflects on his home town of Stockholm, his early performances in Peer Gynt, and his experience of working with Ingmar Bergman.

Northern Lights: Tine Thing Helseth20151212

As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, the trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth with her personal choices including music that inspired her when she was growing up in Norway.

Peter Day20140607

Saturday Classics this week is presented by one of the BBC's great broadcasters. Peter Day has presented business programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service for many years. Yet, he has an abiding passion for music, which has underpinned his life since childhood. Today, for Radio 3, Peter Day puts aside matters of finance and business to present two hours of his favourite classical and folk music. His highly personal selection embraces the musical worlds of Dvorak, Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Jake Thackray, Shostakovich, Mozart and Mahler.

Peter Day20150530

BBC Business correspondent Peter Day presents a selection of music exploring the pleasures and pains of old age.

Peter Day On Christmas20141220

Peter Day, the BBC business correspondent, presents his choice of music for the Christmas season. Peter's choice of music embraces festive music by Prokofiev, Gibbons and Bach but also casts an eye on darker themes through Shostakovich, Schubert and Preisner.

Philippa Gregory20140201

Historical Author and writer of "The Other Boleyn Girl" Philippa Gregory presents a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Bach, Mozart, De Monte, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Chopin, Gershwin, Delibes, Karl Jenkins, Gavin Bryars and F.L. Dunkin Wedd as well as some less "classical" gems from Don Maclean and Billie Holiday

Piano Season: Gwilym Simcock20121006

Continuing the Piano Season on the BBC, jazz pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock chooses a a selection of works reflecting his diverse musical influences.

Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the British scene. Able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, he can inhabit both worlds and has been described as stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with 'harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions' as well as being a pianist of 'exceptional', 'brilliant' and 'dazzling' ability. Gwilym's influences include jazz legends Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and John Taylor and classical composers such as Ravel, Stravinsky and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Gwilym is the fourth of a series of five guest presenters, who have been offering a selection of music reflecting their personal musical interests and passions related to the piano. These have been recorded for Saturday Classics especially for the Piano Season on the BBC.

Piano Season: Labeque Sisters20120922

The Labeque sisters, Katia and Marielle, introduce pieces of music and performers that have inspired them since their childhood. Their mother was a pianist and studied with the legendary pianist Marguerite Long, and they play part of her recording from 1932 of the Ravel piano concerto. Other pianists they include in the programme are Samson Francois, whom their mother also knew, and Robert Levin, Radu Lupu, Krystian Zimerman and Alicia de Larrocha. The sisters also introduce music performed by Miles Davis, and Reinhard Goebel, and some of their own recordings including Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Broadcast as part of the "Piano Season on the BBC".

Piano Season: Marc-andre Hamelin20121013

Continuing the Piano Season on the BBC, the Canadian pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin chooses a a selection of works which feature some extreme pianistic fireworks.

Marc-André Hamelin's unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality, and prodigious mastery of the piano's resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th century, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall.

Marc-André is the last of a series of five guest presenters, who have been offering a selection of music reflecting their personal musical interests and passions related to the piano. These have been recorded for Saturday Classics especially for the Piano Season on the BBC.

Piano Season: The Piano And Film With Emma Forbes20120929

Emma Forbes explores the use of piano music in film, including music from The Sting, The Pianist, The King's Speech and Brief Encounter.

Pianos On The Bbc: Lang Lang20120915

The influence of the Chinese pianist Lang Lang on music in his home country and abroad is astounding. Here he chooses a selection of music reflecting his musical passions.

Lang Lang has accepted the role as piano ambassador for the Leeds International Piano Competition. His impact as a world class concert pianist has been phenomenal and as a promoter of the instrument, both in his native China and across the world, he has proved second to none.

Lang Lang is the first of a series of guest presenters, who over the next five weeks will offer a selection of music reflecting their personal musical interests and passions related to the piano. These have been recorded for Saturday Classics especially for the Piano Season on the BBC.

Proms Artist Marin Alsop - Including Music From Mahler, Beethoven And Bernstein20130831

Earlier this month Marin Alsop conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Proms and she is set to make history by becoming the first female conductor of the famous Last Night next week. Saturday Classics continues its series featuring artists from this year's festival as Marin guides us through a selection of pieces that have defined her life in music so far, including works by Bernstein, Mahler, Brahms and Beethoven.

Rachel De Thame20130406

Gardener Rachel de Thame introduces a selection of green-fingered music for spring.

Richard Sisson - Autumn20131019

We've had the bud, we've had the blossom. Now it is time for the berry. Richard Sisson continues his survey of the seasons by launching himself in a virtual hot-air balloon high above our isles. With a selection of autumnal music from the mad-cap to the heart-rending and plenty in between. Composers include, Janacek, Grieg, Mahler, Joby Talbot, John Taverner, Purcell, and Mahler.

Richard Sisson - Winter2013122120150207 (R3)

The composer Richard Sisson takes his wheel-cutter to the final segment of the Saturday Classics Four Seasons Pizza with an edition devoted to the music of winter. Music includes Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Sufjan Stevens and Purcell.

First broadcast 21/12/2013.

Richard Sissons20121222

A personal view of music from a range of presenters continues with a selection of music chosen by pianist and composer Richard Sissons.

Richard Wilson - Scotland20131130

Actor Richard Wilson marks St Andrew's Day with music from, or inspired by, Scotland.

Actor Richard Wilson marks St Andrew's Day with music by Scottish composers, including music by Hamish MacCunn, Robert Carver, James Oswald, Alexander MacKenzie, James MacMillan, John Clerk of Penicuik, Alexander Reinigle and "Red" Rob MacKintosh, alongside pieces inspired by Scottish landscape or literature by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Malcolm Arnold and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Rick Stein20161119

As his series Long Weekends continues on BBC2, Rick Stein presents music associated with some of Europe's greatest cultural and culinary cities, from Bordeaux to Bologna, Berlin and beyond. Featuring music by Bellini, Rota, Nielsen, Strauss, and Mozart, as well as the sounds of Portuguese Fado, David Bowie and Danny Kaye.

Robert Winston's Schubert, 1815 Day20120324

Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of The Spirit of Schubert, Professor Robert Winston introduces some of his personal choices including a recording of the Fantasy in F minor D.940 played by Sviatoslav Richter and Benjamin Britten, and a recording of the Second Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The programme also includes a selection of Schubert's settings of Goethe songs composed in 1815, that remarkable year being celebrated today on Radio 3.

Robert Winston introduces his Schubert choices, including Fantasy, D940 and Symphony No 2.

Robert Winston's Schubert, The Final Year20120331

Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of The Spirit of Schubert, Professor Robert Winston introduces some of his personal choices including a recording of Schubert's setting of Psalm 92, Tôw l'hôdôs, written for Salomon Sulzer, the cantor at the new synagogue in Vienna.

The programme also includes a performance of Schubert's 'Great' C major symphony, in the 2011 recording by The Budapest Festival Orchestra and its conductor Iván Fischer.

Prof Robert Winston's Schubert choices, including Tow l'hodos and Symphony No 9, D944.

Rob's Gold Standard20160514
Rob's Gold Standard20160514

Rob Cowan mines the archive for great recordings, forgotten musical heroes and repertory adventures

Rob's selection this week includes Barber's delightful wind quintet 'Summer Music', a rhapsody by Bartok played by the young Hungarian virtuoso Barnabas Kelemen and cellist Jacqueline du Pré in a live recording of Saint-Saëns's first concerto accompanied by her husband, conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Rob's Gold Standard20160521
Rob's Gold Standard20160521

Rob Cowan mines the archive for great recordings, forgotten musical heroes and repertory adventures

Rob Cowan's selection of music includes Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, violinist Arthur Grumiaux playing Saint-Saëns's Introduction and Rondo capriccioso and Aaron Copland conducting his own compact, dazzling Piano Concerto with soloist Earl Wild.

Rob's Gold Standard20160702

Rob Cowan's Gold Standard selection this week features pianist Mindru Katz in Bach, Gianna d'Angelo singing Delibes, Janos Starker in Rautavaara's seldom-heard Cello Concerto, and Sviatoslav Richter in Miaskovsky's explosive Third Piano Sonata.

Rob's Gold Standard20160709

Rob Cowan's Gold Standard depository this week includes a rumbustious overture by Malcolm Arnold, Beethoven from pianist Julius Katchen, as well as two rarities: Czech composer Miloslav Kabelac's Hamlet Improvisation for large orchestra, as well as Cimarosa's sparkling operatic comedy, The Music Master.

Rob's Gold Standard20160813

Rob Cowan with a personal choice of music: solo Bach from Maurice Gendron, Chabrier conducted by Igor Markevitch and Haydn played by the Schneider Quartet. There's an orchestral fantasy on Dvorak's Rusalka, plus a genuine stereo recording from the early 1930s.

Rob's Gold Standard20160903

Rob Cowan presents hand-picked music by Vivaldi, Respighi, Britten, Mozart and Brahms from artists such as Maurice Gendron, Suzanne Danco, Annie Fischer and Sergio Fiorentino.

Rob's Gold Standard20161008

Rob Cowan presents classic recordings of Dvorak, Bartok, Bizet and Sullivan from artists including George Szell, Lawrence Tibbett, Enrico Caruso and Andreas Bach.

Rob's Gold Standard20161029

Rob Cowan's hand-picked selection this week includes music by Zelenka, Ravel, Handel and Shostakovich. There's also piano music by Chopin and dances from Renaissance Hungary.

Rob's Gold Standard20161203

Rob Cowan's selection this week includes Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli playing Liszt, Vaclav Neumann conducting Milhaud and George Szell in Mozart.

Roderick Williams20130706

Singer Roderick Williams presents a personal selection of his favourite classical music.

The singer Roderick Williams presents a very personal selection of his favourite classical music. Included in this autobiographical journey are works by Britten, Finzi, Puccini, Bach, Mahler, Webern and Spike Milligan

Roderick Williams - Ten Pieces20151003

Baritone Roderick Williams, an Ambassador for the BBC's Ten Pieces aimed at introducing classical music to school children, presents some of the new Ten Pieces for secondary schools and offers some personal musical links for further exploration.

Roderick Williams: Song20161015

Baritone and composer Roderick Williams with the first of two personal selections of song-themed music. This first programme is devoted to English song and music inspired by it, by composers including Purcell, Butterworth and Britten.

Roderick Williams: Song20161022

Baritone and composer Roderick Williams presents a second personal selection of song-themed music. This programme is devoted to foreign-language song, and music inspired by it, by composers including Schubert, Faure, and Rachmaninov.

Rory Kinnear20160430

Ahead of his first lead singing role in twenty years in The Threepenny Opera at The National Theatre, actor Rory Kinnear presents a personal selection of music for voice. The voice as instrument, the voice as storyteller, voices together and voices alone, voices from the past and present, sacred and secular, voices which have all recently made him think: "Oh gosh, how long until we open?"

Including Strauss's Geduld which brings back painful memories of a school singing competition, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares who inspired a plum brandy soaked trip to Bulgaria, and Mozart's Mass in C minor, which moved Rory to tears in a village hall in the Brecon Beacons.

Roxanna Panufnik20140222

Composer Roxanna Panufnik introduces a selection of music inspired by her roots in Poland and by her father Andrzej, born a hundred years ago this year.

Her idea is to place her father's music in the context of the music of his native Poland so she offers a selection of Polish works from across a thousand years of history - both familiar and unfamiliar: from Poland's oldest hymn - the "Bogurodzica" - through works by Pekiel, Chopin, Moniuszko, Szymanowski, Bacewicz, Lutoslawski and Panufnik.

Shari Vahl20140726

Radio 4's investigative journalist Shari Vahl chooses music connected with her long-held passion for sailing, including music by Beethoven, Wagner and Arvo Pärt.

Shari Vahl20151024

Radio 4 investigative journalist Shari Vahl chooses music inspired by her fascination with birds, with music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Vaughan Williams and Rautavaara.

Even in her day job, Shari encounters birds... often getting up early to travel for her investigations, she hears the dawn chorus. And from her desk at Media City she can see two peregrine falcons nesting high up on a nearby building. Such chance encounters with birds inspire her music choices.

Simon Butteriss20160206

What's comic about opera? Baritone, writer, director and broadcaster Simon Butteriss, explores the world of comedy in opera, with music by Mozart, Rossini, Sullivan, Richard Strauss, Offenbach, Bernstein, Verdi, Lehar and others.

What's comic about opera? Baritone, writer, director and broadcaster Simon Butteriss, explores the world of comedy in opera, with music by Mozart, Rossini, Sullivan, Strauss (Johann and Richard), Offenbach, Bernstein and Verdi.

Simon Heffer's Ravel - Early Songs, Piano Pieces, Chamber Music20161105

In the first of two programmes, journalist Simon Heffer offers a chronological profile of the life and music of the French composer Maurice Ravel. Today's programme includes recordings of some of Ravel's early songs and piano pieces as well as chamber music, including his String Quartet and Piano Trio, and his first forays into the orchestral world with excerpts from Daphnis et Chloé and Ma Mere L'Oye.

Simon Heffer's Ravel - Opera, Piano Concertos20161112

In the second of two programmes, journalist Simon Heffer charts a chronological profile of the life and music of the French composer Maurice Ravel. Today's programme includes "Le Tombeau de Couperin" and "La Valse", plus excerpts from Ravel's two piano concertos and the opera "L'Enfant et les sortilèges".

Sound Frontiers: Patricia Hodge20160924

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre in London, actress Patricia Hodge presents a personal selection of music that has inspired and influenced her across her own seven decades.

Sound Frontiers: Richard Sisson20161001

As part of Radio 3 at Southbank Centre, London, pianist and composer Richard Sisson presents a celebration of musical septuagenarians, unearthing some of the late glories of composers still at the height of their powers. Featuring works by Bruckner, Saint-Saëns, Strauss and Reich.

Sound Of Cinema: Christopher Lee20130914

Film star Christopher Lee has played a huge number of roles and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in Hammer Horror films and as Saruman in Lord of the Rings. As part of the Sound of Cinema season, he talks about the music that has inspired him. #BBCSoundofCinema

The great British actor, one of the foremost "Draculas" of the silver screen; star of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, and of countless British films, shares his passion for music - and in particular opera - on Radio 3's Saturday Classics; recorded as part of the BBC's Sound of Cinema Season. As Sir Christopher says at the beginning of his programme, "he is often asked to talk about his life in film, but it is rare that he is given the opportunity to indulge his passion, and links his with the world of opera". His great grand-parent's family included professional opera singers, living and working in Australia in the mid 19th century (his great grandmother was known as the "Tasmanian Nightingale"). It is from them that Christopher has inherited his love of opera. Indeed, as Christopher Lee tells us, very nearly pursued a career as an opera singer himself, encouraged by the Swedish tenor Jüssi Bjorling who over-heard him singing in a bar with some friends.

Sir Christopher has chosen to present a selection of recordings highlighting some of the finest voices of the 20th century - some of whom he has known as friends. Tenors, baritones and basses singing Puccini, Verdi, Wagner and Offenbach, From Enrico Caruso, Ezio Pinza and Lauritz Melchior to Sherrill Milnes and Jonas Kaufmann.

Sound Of Cinema: Conducting For Hollywood20130921

As part of the Sound of Cinema season, conductor Robert Ziegler chooses excerpts from some of his favourite Hollywood soundtracks, including music from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story", Miklos Rozsa's "Spellbound Concerto", Bernard Herrmann's "Vertigo", Harold Arlen's "The Wizard of Oz", Leopold Stokowski's "Fantasia", Johnny Greenwood's "There will be Blood" and Pat Doyle's "Hamlet".

Sound Of Cinema: Sir Tom Courtenay20131005

The iconic English actor Sir Tom Courtenay was introduced to classical music by his mother in the 1940s and 50s. His love of music has stayed with him throughout his long and successful career. Tom once worked with the soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom, who left a lasting impression on him, and brought out a deep love of Schubert songs. He's also something of a jazz lover, and has toured the UK with a play about the poet Philip Larkin in context with the jazz that Larkin also knew and loved. In this programme, there's music by Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Liszt, Chopin, and of course, Verdi - from the soundtrack of Tom's recent film "Quartet". There's also music from one of Tom's earliest films - Maurice Jarre's soundtrack to "Doctor Zhivago", and an interesting track from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain...(Tom also plays the ukulele...).

Sound Of Cinema: Terence Stamp20130928

The iconic English actor Terence Stamp was introduced to classical music during the 1960s by his friend Michael Caine. But his musical influences stem from his East End childhood, films that he saw and an early trip with his aunt to see Bizet's Carmen at Sadlers Wells. The result is that he is a passionate lover of classical music. In this special "Sound of Cinema" edition of Saturday Classics he presents two hours of his favourite music including works by the film composer Alfred Newman, by Delibes, Borodin, Rodrigo. Dick Barton makes an appearance, as do Jimi Hendrix and KD Lang, all linked one way or another, to Terence Stamp's distinguished life and career.

Sounds Of Shakespeare20160423

As part of Radio 3's celebration Sounds of Shakespeare live from Stratford-upon-Avon, Richard Sisson attempts to perform music from every single Shakespeare play, with pianist Ashley Wass, mezzo soprano Kitty Whately, baritone Mark Stone and the BBC Singers, proving that brevity is indeed the soul of wit.

BBC Radio 3 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a season celebrating the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Over the anniversary weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Radio 3 will broadcast live from a pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Place Theatre and other historic venues across Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stuart Maconie20130302

Writer and broadcaster, and enthusiastic fell walker, Stuart Maconie, introduces a personal selection of music reflecting his interest in music "off the beaten track".

Sue Macgregor: Introductions20160528

In the first of two programmes, broadcaster Sue MacGregor describes her introduction to classical music growing up in South Africa and during her early career in London. The programme includes her early encounters with the music of Wagner, Bach, Shostakovich and Mozart.

Sue Macgregor: Professional Encounters20160604

In the second of two programmes, broadcaster Sue MacGregor describes her professional encounters with great musicians including Jessye Norman, Sir Thomas Allen and Mitsuko Uchida, with extracts from archive interviews she recorded with them. With music by Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, Mahler and Britten.

Susan Bullock - Music For Royalty20130629

Soprano Susan Bullock presents a programme of music celebrating royalty.

Ahead of the broadcast of Gloriana in Opera on 3 tonight, the production's Elizabeth I - British soprano Susan Bullock - presents a programme of music celebrating royalty by composers including Parry, Coates, Elgar, Purcell and Maxwell Davies.

Susan Tomes2013051120140719

The much loved pianist and chamber musician Susan Tomes introduces recordings of personal significance including music by Mozart, Schumann, Fauré, Chopin and Bill Evans.

Susan Tomes is known throughout the world as an award winning pianist with ensembles such as the Florestan Trio and Domus. She has built an international reputation as a wonderful interpreter and as an authority on chamber music. She has also written books on the subject.

For Saturday Classics Susan selects recordings of music and musicians that have been inspirational to her. Featured in her selection are some of the pinnacles of the chamber music repertory - as well as a few surprises.

Ten Pieces - Laura Mvula20140927

Singer and BBC Ten Pieces Ambassador Laura Mvula chooses some of her favourite music that has helped shape her life and career.

The Seasons - 120130330

In the first of four editions of Saturday Classics pegged to Britain's increasingly unpredictable seasons, Richard Sisson presents an alternative musical view of Spring, and not always a very complimentary one. After all, isn't Spring just a bit overrated? Richard explains why he thinks it is, illustrated with music great and silly, including Disney's Bambi, Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi, along with choice snippets of vernal writings. Expect lovely music, lambs, cuckoos.

Trevor Cox20140920

, Professor of Acoustics at Salford University, became an acoustic engineer because it combines his twin passions for science and music. Whilst studying science at school he took up the clarinet and was inspired by the playing of Emma Johnson when she won the Young Musician of the Year. He is fascinated by the effect that the acoustics of different concert venues have on the sound of music, and his choice of music in the programme reflects this. With music by Wagner, Bach, Debussy and Liszt.

Verdi 200: Robert Lloyd2013052520131012

The great English bass Robert Lloyd presents selections from his favourite Verdi operas - part of Radio 3's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Waldemar Januszczak20160213

Ahead of his BBC4 series Renaissance Unchained, art critic Waldemar Januszczak conjures up the sound world of this epoch of huge passions and powerful religious emotions across all of Europe. The term 'Renaissance', or 'rinascita', was coined by Giorgio Vasari in 16th-century Florence, and his assertion that it had fixed origins in Italy has since influenced all of art history. But what of Flanders, Germany and the rest of Northern Europe? Waldemar presents music from the time of the Renaissance greats: Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling, Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and El Greco.

Wendy Cope20150214

To mark St Valentine's Day, poet Wendy Cope chooses some of her favourite classical music and songs on the theme of "love", including works by Bach, Mozart, Schoenberg, Dowland, Schubert, Liszt, Satie, Handel, Schumann, Prokofiev and Sullivan.

Zeb Soanes20120526

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with a diverse selection of music by Radio 4 presenter Zeb Soanes, who chooses works related to the sea. The programme includes works by Britten, Wagner, Zemlinsky, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Elgar and Sibelius, and features performances by The Nash Ensemble, the Berlin Philharmonic and Kathleen Ferrier.

Zenaida Yanowsky20141227

, one of the Principal dancers of The Royal Ballet, chooses music that has inspired her in her personal and professional life. She was brought up in Spain, both her parents were dancers, and she has been with the Royal Ballet for 20 years. Her choice includes Spanish music and ballet music for Christmas.

01Alison Balsom20111015

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, trumpeter Alison Balsom introduces the first of two programmes in which she shares some of the music and musicians that continue to inspire her, including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2, Strauss's Alpine Symphony, and recordings by trumpeters Maurice Andr and Hakan Hardenberger.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom shares favourite music, including Bach, Shostakovich and Strauss.

01Daniel Hope20120414

Violinist Daniel Hope has given his two programmes for Saturday Classics the subtitle, a "Fiddler's Tale". In these programmes he offers a selection of recordings that reflect his life in music so far; and also which follow the story of his priceless violin - the wonderful 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, known as the "Ex-Lipiński".

The first programme offers music charting his musical life including perfomances on disc by the great PInchas Zukerman whom Daniel heard perform in London at the age of five, and who inspired him to take up the violin. There are performances by his mentor and teacher Yehudi Menuhin and music from his adopted home city of Vienna. Also in his choice is music, the original 1950s line up of the celebrated Beaux Arts Trio, for whom Daniel is now a performing member; and a recording from his violin hero David Oistrakh.

Daniel Hope selects recordings by Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menhuhin and David Oistrakh.

01Gareth Malone20110917

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters launches with Gareth Malone, star of BBC 2's BAFTA Award Winning 'The Choir'.

In the first of four programmes, Gareth explores the many aspects of a subject close to his heart - 'musical youth'.

Featuring two hours of great music including Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Chopin and Elgar.

Gareth Malone explores 'musical youth'.

With Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Chopin and Elgar.

01Great Conductors20120310

Our perception of a great conductor is not only shaped by the skill for great music making but by the ability to grab the public's attention and imagination. In two programmes James Jolly revels in the music making of some of the giants of the art who have thrived in an age of mass media.

For the first of two programmes, James begins his reflection with a choice of outstanding recordings by conductors from the East and West, who were at their height during the period of the Cold War. Including a triumvirate of Hungarians in America: Fritz Reiner, George Szell and Eugene Ormandy; veterans such as Pierre Monteux and Bruno Walter; Carlo Maria Giulini and John Barbirolli in Europe; and Yevgeny Mravinsky in the Soviet Union.

James Jolly introduces recordings by major conductors from the Cold War period.

01John Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood20111217

Conductor John Wilson presents the first of four programmes offering a personal selection of music written for film, beginning with a focus on the some of the Hollywood greats.

His selection includes music from composers such as Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, Eric Korngold, Max Steiner, Miklos Rozsa, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith from film favourites such as "Gone With The Wind", "King Kong", "Sunset Boulevard", "Robin Hood", "The Omen" and "The Magnificent Seven" among others.

John Wilson selects music by Waxman, Korngold, Steiner, Rozsa and Herrmann.

01Simon Heffer20120114

Journalist Simon Heffer presents the first of four programmes making a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

The programme features Arthur Bliss' complete "Colour Symphony" as well as choral music by Peter Warlock, orchestral works by Stanford, EJ Moeran and Cyril Scott, a short piano sonata by Ethel Smyth, some Vaughan Williams songs, and it ends with Malcolm Arnold's lively brass quintet.

Simon Heffer presents music by Bliss, Moeran, Howells, Stanford, Warlock and Cyril Scott.

01Simon Russell Beale, Vienna20111105

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, Simon Russell Beale begins the first of his four programmes exploring the music connected to some of the cities he visited in BBC Four's 'Symphony' series.

Today's focus is Vienna, and over the two hours Simon plays great music from composers who lived, wrote in and travelled to Vienna, including Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert's beautiful piano duet, the Fantasia in F minor.

This programme is part of Radio 3's series of symphony programmes broadcast this month.

Simon Russell Beale focuses on Vienna.

Including music by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

01Tasmin Little20120211

The first of two programmes in which violinist Tasmin Little makes a personal selection of music that was a particular inspiration to her as a child and at school.

The programme includes orchestral music by Smetana and Wagner, along with a movement of one her favourite string quartets by Haydn. Tasmin also shares some of her musical memories through the music of Puccini, and Spike Jones' rendition of Tchaikovsky's None but the Lonely heart.

Tasmin Little selects music that inspired her, by Smetana, Wagner, Haydn and Puccini.

02Gareth Malone20110924

explores the many aspects of a subject close to his heart: 'musical youth'.

With works by composers including Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams.

Gareth Malone explores 'musical youth'.

With Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams.

02John Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood, Curl Up In Front Of The Fire For A Christmas Movie20111224

Conductor John Wilson presents a personal selection of Christmas music for the cinema including scores from Dmitri Tiomkin, John Williams, Malcolm Arnold and Danny Elfman.

Some of his selection includes music with specific Christmas themes such as "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" , but many reflect the spirit of the family at Christmas time, the kind of films that folk might enjoy in front of the television after the Christmas dinner.

The films themselves are much loved, but John invites us to revel is some of the inventiveness of the often under-appreciated film composer.

Film titles for this programme also include "Whistle Down the Wind", "Edward Scissorhands", "A Christmas Carol", "The Sound of Music", "Gremlins" and "The Polar Express".

John Wilson selects music by Dmitri Tiomkin, John Williams, Malcolm Arnold, Danny Elfman.

02Simon Heffer20120121

The second of four programmes in which journalist Simon Heffer makes a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

This programme features Patrick Hadley's complete symphonic ballad "The trees so high" as well as piano music by Alan Rawsthorne, orchestral works by Britten, Bax, Holst, Delius and Hamish MacCunn, some songs by Ivor Gurney, chamber music by Rebecca Clarke and ending with Constant Lamberts ballet score "Prize Fight".

Simon Heffer with music by Patrick Hadley, Alan Rawsthorne, Britten, Bax, Holst, Delius.

02Simon Russell Beale, Paris20111112

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, Simon Russell Beale continues his series of programmes exploring the music connected to some of the cities he visited in BBC Four's 'Symphony' series.

Today's focus is Paris, and over the two hours Simon plays great music from composers who lived, wrote in and travelled to Paris, including Mozart, Debussy, Poulenc, and Ravel's ravishing Mother Goose suite for piano duet.

This programme is part of Radio 3's series of symphony programmes broadcast this month.

Simon Russell Beale focuses on Paris.

With music by Mozart, Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel.

02 LASTAlison Balsom20111022

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, trumpeter Alison Balsom introduces the last of her two programmes in which she shares some of the music and musicians that continue to inspire her, including Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Bach's St Matthew Passion, Strauss's Four Last Songs, Ravel's Piano Concerto and recordings by Sir Simon Rattle and Dizzy Gillespie.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom shares favourite music, including Beethoven, Bach and Strauss.

02 LASTDaniel Hope20120421

Violinist Daniel Hope has given his two programmes for Saturday Classics the subtitle, a "Fiddler's Tale". In this, the second programme, he offers a selection of recordings that reflect the story of his priceless violin - the wonderful 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, known as the "Ex- Lipiński".

The violin was once owned by the 19th century virtuoso Karol Józef Lipiński, a rival to the great Paganini. He was a friend of Schumann and Liszt, and Schumann dedicated his virtuosic set of piano character pieces, "Carnival", to Lipiński. After Lipiński, the violin arrived in the hands of the late 19th Century's richest Russia, Nikolay Yusupov, one of the country's most celebrated artistic benefactors and a close friend of Pushkin, and from there to a founder member of the Joachim String Quartet, who gave Johannes Brahms some of his first performances. Also in the list is the man who is best remebered today for arranging and naming a celebrated orchestral movement from Bach, "Air on a G String". He was the violinist August Wilhelmj.

Violinist Daniel Hope with music reflecting his life in music and that of his instrument.

02 LASTGreat Conductors20120317

In the second of his two programmes James Jolly focuses on some of the qualities that define the "great" conductor of the media age; in particular his thoughts turn to the American, Leonard Bernstein; the Austrian, Herbert von Karajan and the Hungarian, Georg Solti. These three conductor titans - during the 1960s, 70s and 80s - not only captured the public imagination with their music making but quickly grasped the potential for imparting their musical personalities within the rapidly expanding media world.

The programme features recordings of music by Haydn, Puccini, Strauss, Beethoven, Sibelius, Wagner and Bernstein himself.

James Jolly on great conductors of the media age: Bernstein, von Karajan and Solti.

02 LASTTasmin Little20120218

Violinist Tasmin Little makes a personal selection of music that was a particular inspiration to her during her studies at the Menuhin School of Music and later at music college. Tasmin pays particular tribute to Sir Yehudi Menuhin who was an enormous influence on her.

Music in the programme includes jazz played by Menuhin and Grappelli, Tippett's Fantasia on a Theme of Corelli, and part of Ravel's ballet score of Daphnis and Chloe.

Tasmin Little selects music that inspired her, by Tippett, Corelli and Ravel.

03Gareth Malone20111001

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with Gareth Malone, star of BBC 2's BAFTA Award Winning 'The Choir'.

In the third of four programmes, Gareth explores the many aspects of a subject close to his heart - 'musical youth'.

Featuring two hours of great music including Rachmaninov, Dvorak and Bruch.

A personal view of classical music from Gareth Malone.

03John Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood, Film Musicals20111231

Conductor John Wilson offers a personal selection of numbers from classic film musicals from Singin' in the Rain to Sweeney Todd.

John has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years conducting and recording music for the film and an especially favourite genre of his is film musicals, in particular the Golden Age of the classic MGM musicals.

In this programme John presents a list of some of his favourites, from the earliest days of the cinema, to our own time. Films he draws on include much loved ones such as:

Singin' in the Rain

Top Hat

Oklahoma!

Guys and Dolls

Brigadoon

West Side Story

Mary Poppins

Oliver!

and Sweeney Todd.

John Wilson selects music from Singin' in the Rain, Top Hat, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls.

03Simon Heffer's British Music20120128

The third of four programmes in which journalist Simon Heffer makes a personal selection of music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

This programme features part of George Lloyd's mammoth 4th Symphony, as well as songs by Finzi, Butterworth and Cecil Sharp, orchestral works by Walton, John Foulds, William Alwyn and Hamilton Harty, and ends with a movement of Gordon Jacob's wonderful trombone concerto.

Simon Heffer presents music by George Lloyd, Finzi, Butterworth, Walton and Alwyn.

03Simon Russell Beale, St Petersburg20111119

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today, Simon Russell Beale continues his series of programmes exploring the music connected to some of the cities he visited in BBC Four's 'Symphony' series.

Today's focus is St Petersburg, and over the two hours Simon plays great music from composers who lived, wrote in and travelled to St Petersburg.

Repertoire includes an overture by Glinka, piano music by Rachmaninov, and a recording of the 2nd Romeo and Juliet Suite by Prokofiev conducted by Mariss Jansons.

This programme is part of Radio 3's series of symphony programmes broadcast this month.

Simon Russell Beale focuses on composers who lived in and visited St Petersburg.

04 LASTGareth Malone20111008

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters.

Today Gareth Malone, star of BBC 2's BAFTA Award Winning 'The Choir', comes to the end of his four part series exploring the many aspects of a subject close to his heart - 'musical youth'.

Featuring two hours of great music including Holst, Bach and Schubert.

A personal view of classical music from Gareth Malone.

04 LASTJohn Wilson: Screen Music Greats Of Hollywood20120107

Conductor John Wilson presents a personal selection of favourite British film scores including music from movies as diverse as Henry V, Miss Marple, Carry On and Shadowlands.

John's selection:

Arthur Bliss: March from "Things to Come"

Malcolm Arnold: Music from "Hobson's Choice"

Allan Gray: Prelude from "A Matter of Life and Death"

Georges Auric: "The Titfield Thunderbolt"

William Walton: Suite from Henry V (arr.Mathieson)

Patrick Doyle: "Much Ado About Nothing" - Pardon Goddess Of The Night

John Ireland: March: "Scorched Earth" from 'The Overlanders'

Ron Goodwin: Miss Marple theme

Richard Rodney-Bennett: " Murder on the Orient Express"

Constant Lambert: "Anna Karenina" Suite

Bruce Montgomery (arr.Whittle): "Carry On" Suite (...Sergeant/....Teacher/....Nurse)

John Dankworth: All Gone (from "The Servant")

Angela Morley: "Kehaar's theme" from Watership Down

Debbie Wiseman: "Wilde"

George Fenton: "Shadowlands".

John Wilson selects music from films: Things to Come, Henry V, Hobson's Choice and Wilde.

04 LASTSimon Heffer's British Music20120204

The fourth and final programme in this series in which journalist Simon Heffer chooses some of his favourite music from the British Isles, including works by familiar composers as well as some attractive pieces by less well-known names.

This programme features orchestral works by Hubert Parry, John Ireland, Grace Williams, Frank Bridge and Lennox Berkeley, as well as songs by Edward Elgar and Roger Quilter, choral music by Michael Tippett, and it ends with George Dyson's cantata "Sweet Thames run softly".

Simon Heffer presents music by Parry, Ireland, Williams, Bridge, Berkeley and Elgar.

04 LASTSimon Russell Beale, St Petersburg20111126