iPlayer Radio What's New?
Orchestre National de France - Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky

The week ahead on Essential Classics – Maria Callas and Maria João Pires

Friday 29 November 2013, 10:04

Dominic Wells Dominic Wells Assistant Producer, Essential Classics

Welcome to the Essential Classics Blog, where you can find out what’s coming up in the week ahead. We’ve got two very special Marias to delight your ear buds this week: a daily tribute to the incomparable Maria Callas; and our Artist of the Week is the Portuguese pianist, Maria João Pires.



Callas: 90th Anniversary


Maria Callas, 1958 Maria Callas, 1958



Love her or loathe her, there can be no question that Maria Callas made one of the most dramatic impacts in the history of opera. While the voice itself continues to be a controversial topic even to this day (not least among Radio 3 staff), we couldn’t let the 90th anniversary of her birth go unmentioned, and so every day this week we’re featuring Callas in an aria she was especially associated with. Tune in at 11am to hear arias by Donizetti, Puccini, Bellini, Catalani and Giordano. Watch her in one of her signature roles: Tosca.



Artist of the Week



Maria Joao Pires Maria Joao Pires


Our Artist of the Week this week is Maria João Pires, a pianist known for her delicate touch and expressive interpretations. Her account of Chopin’s Nocturnes is one of the most celebrated on disc, and as well as dipping into her solo recordings, we’ll also hear Pires collaborating with others, including Grieg’s Violin Sonata in C minor (where she is joined by Augustin Dumay) and Schumann’s passionate Piano Quintet. And we’ll be rounding off the week with her beautifully lyrical reading of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Andre Previn.


So, lots to look forward to. As always, we’d love to hear your comments, so please feel free to post on the blog, or you can get in touch via email or Twitter:

Email: essentialclassics@bbc.co.uk

Twitter: #essentialclassics 


Be the first to comment

Share this page

More Posts

BBC Concert Orchestra - 19 eighties: the rhythm of a decade

Wednesday 27 November 2013, 16:28

Family Orchestra and Chorus take the stage

Monday 2 December 2013, 11:59

About this Blog

Go behind the scenes at BBC Radio 3, with insights from editors, producers, contributors, performers and Controller Roger Wright.

Blog Updates

Stay updated with the latest posts from the blog.

Subscribe using:

What are feeds?

We're having some problems displaying Tweets at the moment. Sorry. We're doing our best to fix it.