23rd - 27th February
This week Katie Derham introduces the BBC Philharmonic as they begin our complete Nielsen symphony cycle this week as part of Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season. Monday's programme features the first of this week's Nielsen symphonies, No 1, conducted by John Storgards and recorded in Sheffield City Hall on Friday. Monday’s music also includes a concert the orchestra gave on tour at the Auditorio Kursaal in San Sebastian last year, featuring Boris Belkin as soloist in Bruch's ever-popular Violin Concerto no.1, followed by a selection from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
Tuesday features recordings of Nielsen’s Symphony no.2 'The Four Temperaments and no.3 'Sinfonia espansiva', under the baton of John Storgards. Plus Rachmaninov's swansong, the Symphonic Dances and fiery ballet music by Falla.
Wednesday the BBC Philharmonic continues its complete Nielsen symphony Cycle under the baton of John Storgards as part of Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season. The programme features no.4, the 'Inextinguishable'. As its composer said, "Music is life and, like it, inextinguishable." Before that, music by Elgar: his Spanish inspired Sevillana, and his lyrical Violin Concerto performed by Mikhail Otruvsky.
Thursday’s Opera Matinee is a recording of Rossini's one act opera, L'Inganno felice from La Fenice. Isabella, happily married to Duke Bertrando rejects the advances of the villainous Ormondo. In revenge, he spreads rumours about her reputation, and bribes Batone into casting her adrift in a boat on the sea. She's rescued by a local miner who disguises her as his niece, Nisa. Ten years pass before Duke Bertando visits the mines, and she has a chance to win her husband back. The Opera is then followed by a live session from MediaCity in Salford where Ian Skelly introduces a performance by the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgards as part of Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season. They perform Sibelius' Rakastava, before a live contribution to this week's complete Nielsen symphony cycle - No 5.
Friday concludes this week’s BBC Philharmonic in performances as part of Afternoon on 3's Nordic and Baltic season. The orchestra performs Estonian composer Eduard Tubin's 6th Symphony, written in the 1950s while living in Sweden. There's the final instalment of this week's complete Nielsen symphony cycle, as John Storgards conducts his Symphony no.6, Sinfonia semplice. Plus a percussion concerto by HK Gruber, Schubert lieder arrangements sung by Rebecca Evans, and Stravinsky's Symphony in three movements.