This week Afternoon on 3 celebrates the music of Michael Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Today's offering includes a concert they gave last week featuring his Third Symphony paired with Beethoven's Triple Concerto - you can hear Tippett's own Triple Concerto tomorrow.

And as part of the Baroque Spring celebrations, the orchestra have specially recorded Tippett's Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli to kick off the whole week - together with his Handel Fantasia for Wednesday's programme.

Plus Stephen Hough as composer and pianist, with a solo recital including his own Sonata No. 2.

Presented by Katie Derham.

Tippett: Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Manze (conductor).


Chopin: 2 Nocturnes, Op. 27

Hough: Piano Sonata No. 2

Stephen Hough (piano)


Beethoven: Concerto in C major, Op. 56, for violin, cello, piano and orchestra

Alexandra Soumm (violin),

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello),

Igor Levit (piano),

David Robertson (conductor).


Tippett: Symphony No. 3

Marie Arnet (soprano),

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Live from St Paul's, Knightsbridge, as part of BBC Radio 3's Baroque Spring:

The BBC Singers conducted by Andrew Griffiths perform music for Holy Week including Domenico Scarlatti's exquisite Stabat Mater, depicting the grief of Mary as she weeps at the foot of the cross. This is contrasted with James MacMillan's startlingly powerful contemporary interpretation of three Tenebrae Responsories, setting texts usually sung during the days leading up to Easter. The programme also includes three settings of the Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti, including the famous version for 8 voices which ends the concert.

Plus the BBC Symphony Orchestra continue their focus this week on the music of Michael Tippett, with his Baroque-inspired Handel Fantasia.

Presented by Katie Derham and Richard Coles.

Scarlatti: Stabat Mater

Lotti: Crucifixus (3 settings)

MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories

BBC Singers,

Andrew Griffiths (conductor).


Tippett: Fantasia on a theme of Handel for piano and orchestra

Ashley Wass (piano),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Andrew Manze (conductor).