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Episode 2

This week Afternoon on 3 celebrates the riches and diversity of 2010's musical summer, with performances from leading festivals in Europe and beyond, by some of the world's great singers, instrumentalists and ensembles.

You can hear the best concerts from 25 festivals in fifteen countries - as far afield as Finland, Moldova and Canada. At the heart of the week will be concerts from top festivals in Austria and Switzerland, including the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano and Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Styriarte Festival in Graz. The Thursday Opera Matinee is Bellini's Norma, conducted by Fabio Biondi with his period-instrument ensemble Europa Galante at the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw. Large choral works will be a particular feature throughout the week - from Bach's B minor Mass through Haydn's Creation and Beethoven's Missa solemnis to Rachmaninov's Vespers and a celebration of Arvo Pärt's 75th birthday in his native Estonia.

Presented by Jonathan Swain

Schumann: Violin Sonata no. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
Renaud Capucon, viola
Martha Argerich, piano
(Martha Argerich Project, Lugano, Switzerland)

Smetana: Vltava from Ma Vlast
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
(Styriarte Festival, Graz, Austria)

Jean Gilles: Diligam te, Domine
Miriam Feuersinger, soprano
Vincent Lièvre-Picard, countertenor
Valerio Contaldo, tenor
Christian Immler, bass
Yves Bilger, organ
Ensemble Orlando Fribourg
La Cetra
Laurent Gendre, conductor
(International Sacred Music Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (highlights)
Lawrence Power, viola
Julien Quentin, piano
(Verbier Festival, Switzerland)

Nielsen: Sinfonia espansiva (Symphony no. 3)
Odense Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov, conductor
(Carl Nielsen Festival, Odense, Denmark)

Arvo Pärt: Sequence of works for soloist, choir and cello ensemble
Arianna Savall, soprano
Vox Clamantis Ensemble
Cello Octet, Amsterdam
(Arvo Pärt Festival, Tallinn, Estonia)

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
Alina Pogostkina and Alina Ibragimova, violins
Gilad Karni and Maxim Rysanov, violas
Jan Erik Gustafsson and Jonathan Cohen, cellos
(Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival, Hungary)

Jean Gilles: Requiem
Miriam Feuersinger, soprano
Vincent Lièvre-Picard, countertenor
Valerio Contaldo, tenor
Christian Immler, bass
Yves Bilger, organ
Ensemble Orlando Fribourg
La Cetra
Laurent Gendre, conductor
(International Sacred Music Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland).

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Tue 28 Dec 2010 13:00