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The week on In Tune - dazzle and grit on the parquet floor

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Sean Rafferty Sean Rafferty | 16:51 UK Time, Monday, 31 October 2011

Alina Pogostkina and Diana Ketler on BBC Radio 3's In Tune, 31 October 2011.

Week after week of dazzle and delight on In Tune - curtain down on one collection of stellar guests; curtain up on another.

The week ahead captures some of the great musical events and their creators. The young Russian born violinist Alina Pogostkina plays Bartok today - she started life as a street musician when her family came to Germany without a Pfennig (or cent!). She went on to win the prestigious Sibelius International Competition - brilliance and real grit. Tarik O'Regan is here today too: two Grammy nominations for his ethereal and compelling Choral Music. Next stop: Covent Garden tomorrow for the opening of his opera Heart of Darkness.

The rest of the week has some pretty spectacular performers too. Alfie Boe - another rags to riches story - the singing car mechanic who's now a superstar. He shares our lofty parquet floored studio with Pavlo Beznosiuk for a Riot of Baroque. Oh - I thought I'd casually mention - one of the most famous divas: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. What a line up!

Grammy Award-nominated jazz singer Stacey Kent and her quartet perform live on Wednesday and we'll be catching up on a Beethoven marathon on at St Pancras Station.

Thursday brings one of the most thrilling amber voices of our time - when the baritone Simon Keenlyside sings live with pianist Malcolm Martineau. Marcelo Bratke moves on to the piano stool after Malcolm vacates it and we have Sir Neville Marriner keeping watch over proceedings - still sparkling after seventy years making music! Conducting keeps you on your toes, literally and figuratively.

We have Eve Loiseau as Edith Piaf to end our week and the fabulous Nicola Benedetti - who's gone from strength to strength ever since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year.

What a week. Hope you'll tune in and share some of the most uplifting music and musicians around. Sheer delight!

Sean Rafferty is presenter of In Tune

  • The picture shows violinist Alina Pogostkina and Diana Ketler at the piano in studio 80B.

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