Viennese Classics



Louise Fryer presents a week featuring recent concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra playing Viennese classics: everything from Mozart and Haydn, through Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Johann Strauss. to Berg! Plus a light sprinkling of Italian sunlight and other complementary icing on the cake.

You can hear all four Schumann Symphonies in the course of the week, starting today with no. 1, the 'Spring' Symphony. This afternoon there are also two of Mozart's greatest concertos, one each for violin and piano; plus - in a concert given in Glasgow at the end of January, which kicks off the programme - Mendelssohn's sunniest symphony, the 'Italian', and overtures by Rossini and Schubert.

Later in the week, there are three live 2pm concerts, by the BBC Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestras as well as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde

Mozart Violin Concerto no. 3 in G major, K.216

Esther Yoo (violin)


Rossini The Italian Girl in Algiers (Overture)


Mendelssohn Symphony no. 4 (Italian)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Michal Dworzynski (conductor).


Mozart Piano Concerto no. 24 in C minor, K.491

Khatia Buniatishvili (piano),

Gerard Korsten (conductor).


Schumann Symphony no. 1 in C major (Spring)


Louise Fryer continues her week featuring recent concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra playing Viennese classics. Today's programme begins with performances given earlier this month of Schubert, Berg and - to begin the afternoon - Johann Strauss's most famous waltz, the Blue Danube.

Plus Mozart, Brahms, and the second in the week's series of symphonies by Brahms's mentor Robert Schumann.

Johann Strauss II: On the Beautiful Blue Danube (Waltz)

Berg: Violin Concerto

Julian Rachlin (violin)


Schubert arr. Webern: Six German Dances, D.820

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Donald Runnicles (conductor).


Schumann: Symphony no. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Rory MacDonald (conductor).


Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K.475

Ronald Brautigam (piano)


Brahms: Symphony no. 1 in C minor


Continuing this week's focus on the Viennese classics, today's programme opens with a live concert by the BBC Philharmonic from their home at MediaCity, Salford Quays. The orchestra's Italian Conductor Laureate Gianandrea Noseda joins them for a programme featuring Mozart, Haydn and Richard Strauss, plus Noseda's fellow countryman Alfredo Casella. The soloist in the Haydn and Strauss is Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ruby Hughes.

After the concert, Louise Fryer presents more Haydn from this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Scottish SO, conducted by Baroque and Classical specialist Nicholas McGegan.


Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito

Haydn: Scena di Berenice

Ruby Hughes (soprano)


Casella: Elegia eroica (Heroic Elegy)


Richard Strauss: Four Songs - Freundliche Vision; Waldseligkeit; Befreit; Zueignung

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)


Haydn Symphony no. 59 in A major, H.1.59 (Fire)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

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Afternoon on 3's focus on the Viennese classics continues with a live concert from Glasgow City Halls by this week's featured orchestra, the BBC Scottish SO. Bernard Labadie conducts music by Mozart and Haydn - including one of Mozart's best-loved Symphonies, and a choral masterpiece by Haydn - for which the orchestra is joined by the BBC Singers.


Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Mozart: Idomeneo: Chaconne

Mozart: Symphony no. 39 in E flat major, K.543


Haydn: Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War, or Paukenmesse)

Lydia Teuscher (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (alto)

Andrew Tortise (tenor)

Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Labadie (conductor)


After the concert, Louise Fryer resumes the week's Schumann Symphony series with another famous symphony in E flat.

Schumann: Symphony no. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 (Rhenish)

Jun Märkl (conductor).