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Wednesday 14 January 2009

BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 14 January 2009
Classical Collection – Haydn Symphony Cycle
Wednesday 14 January
10.00am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3's first complete cycle of symphonies by Joseph Haydn continues in Classical Collection today, with a live concert at 11am, broadcast direct from The Spires Centre, Belfast, introduced by James Jolly.


The Ulster Orchestra, under Finnish conductor Esa Heikkilä, perform Haydn's Symphony No. 4 in D major, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 and Ernö Dohnanyi's Konzertstuck for cello and orchestra, with Raphael Wallfisch as soloist.


Liszt and Dohnanyi, like Haydn, found their inspiration in the native music of Hungary, a country which has lived under foreign rule for much of its existence.


Sarah Walker and James Jolly introduce all 104 symphonies by Joseph Haydn in Classical Collection, throughout the year, at the rate of two a week – each Wednesday and Friday. The range of performances covers: the historically-informed (such as those conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with Concentus Musicus and Franz Bruggen with the Orchestra of the 18th century); complete symphonic cycles (Adam Fischer with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and Antal Dorati with the Philharmonia Hungarica); archive gems (Wilhelm Furtwangler with the Berlin Philharmonic and Bruno Walter with the Vienna Philharmonic); the historically important (Derek Solomons with L'Estro Armonico and Leslie Jones with The Little Orchestra of London); and the well-loved (Colin Davis with the Concertgebouw and Thomas Beecham with the Royal Philharmonic).


Some of the symphonies are performed live in Classical Collection by the BBC orchestras.


Presenter/James Jolly, Producer/Richard Denison


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Composer Of The Week – Handel Ep 3/5
Monday 12 to Friday 16 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod continues to explore the music of Handel using John Mainwaring's Memoirs Of The Life Of The Late George Frederic Handel (1760) as his primary guide, as he embarks on a survey of Handel's entire career.


Today's midweek programme begins with Mainwaring's famous account of how the Water Music came to be written. It is a lovely example of the healing power of music that has become one of the most enduring Handel myths. Sadly, it's now proven to be entirely fictitious.


Later, Mainwaring reveals himself to be slightly "sniffy" about the ostentatious wealth of Handel's next patron, the Earl of Carnarvon, and Donald looks at Handel's first foray into the tricky business of running an opera company.


Music includes Handel's Water Music Suites II and III; Acis And Galatea – Overture And Chorus; Radamisto – Ombra Cara; and extracts from Alessandro.


Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Taylor


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Performance On 3 – Imogen Cooper
Wednesday 14 January
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Renowned for her sensitive and lyrical playing, pianist Imogen Cooper performs an all-Schubert recital, as part of the 2008-9 International Piano Series at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, in tonight's Perfomance On 3 – presented by Martin Handley.


Her programme includes two energetic Sonatas in A Minor, D. 845, and in D Major, D. 850, both written in 1825. The A Minor Sonata was one of the few to be published in Schubert's lifetime and dedicated to Beethoven's staunch patron Archduke Rudolph. The D Major reflects an idyllic summer where Schubert was transfixed by the sublime beauty of the Austrian countryside.


Cooper also plays Schubert's Drei Klavierstucke, D. 946, reminiscent of his mastery of lieder.


Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Emily Kershaw


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The Essay – Loving The Raven
Monday 12 to Friday 16 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

In this midweek edition of The Essay which ties in with the bi-centenary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe in January 2009, Louise Welsh takes a fascinating journey through the many rooms and grounds of "the melancholy House of Usher", exposing and dissecting Poe's gothic heart in the process.


Louise's debut novel, The Cutting Room, was published to critical acclaim in 2002, winning several awards, including the John Creasey Dagger and The Saltire First Book Award.


William Wilson, the protagonist in her third novel, The Bullet Trick, is named after a character penned by Poe. In a recent interview, she said: "I was trying to achieve an unconscious build-up of the same Gothic elements that Poe had."


Presenter/Louise Welsh, Producer/Gemma Jenkins


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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 14 January 2009
Black Students In Red Russia
Wednesday 14 January
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

In the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, Soviet-funded scholarships were offered to large numbers of students from developing countries to enable them to study in the Soviet Union. Presenter Burt Caesar tells the story of these students and finds out what happened to them.


Issam Kourbaj is an artist now based in Cambridge. He was born in a small town in Syria and, as a child, sold chewing gum on the streets to help bring in money. Later, he found work at the Soviet cultural centre in Damascus, where his artistic talent was discovered by the Soviet Ambassador. He was offered a scholarship to study at the Academy of Arts in St Petersburg, with a spell of study in Siberia.


Guyanese writer Jan Carew drew closely on the personal stories of students who travelled east for his 1964 novel, Moscow Is Not My Mecca. He shared a house with many of these students in London, a transit point on their journey. The programme includes an interview with Jan Carew, now in his late eighties.


Valentina Polukhina taught Russian to the new students at the Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University in Moscow in the Sixties, and recalls the discrimination she encountered from some Russian people.


Many of the students suffered racism, endured propaganda dressed up as education and found the culture shock and the cold difficult to bear. However, they also had a chance to study and found friends and lovers among local people.


Presenter/Burt Caesar, Producer/Mary Ward Lowery


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 14 January 2009
5 Live Sport
Wednesday 14 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents all the day's sports news and, from 7.45pm, live commentary of one of the evening's FA Cup (sponsored by E.on) third-round replays.


Presenter/Mark Saggers


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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 14 January 2009
Silver Street
Wednesday 14 January

Jaggy is shocked when he sees Darren for the first time since testifying against him, in this midweek offering of the Asian drama. Later, Kenny hatches a plan to ensure Darren is forgiven for attacking Kamal, but Darren doesn't think it will work – Kenny, however, is confident it will.


Elsewhere, Rozena admits to Sameer that she is terrified about her 12-week ante-natal scan. Sameer reminds her they are in this together, no matter what happens. But, for now, he has the perfect way for her to unwind...


Jaggy is played by Jay Kiyani, Darren by Samuel Kindred, Kenny by Brian Croucher, Rozena by Pooja Ghai and Sameer by Alex Caan.


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