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Episode 1

3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 14 March 2011

Over the next two weeks in Afternoon on 3 you can hear the BBC's orchestras playing all of Beethoven's concertos and symphonies. They start this week with the eight concertos: one for violin and five for piano, plus the 'triple concerto' for violin, cello, piano and orchestra; and the amazing Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra - a performance from the opening concert of the new BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff a couple of years ago. The presenter is Penny Gore.

Our Thursday Opera Matinee is the third of Puccini's operatic triptych, Gianni Schicchi - you may have heard the first two in this San Francisco Opera production last week.

Thursday's programme also features a live concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as the last of Beethoven's five piano concertos.

Then as a grand finale to the week, Louise Fryer presents a feast of musical humour - in Afternoon on 3's Red Nose Special, part of Radio 3's contribution to Red Nose Day.

There'll be a backbone (or should that be funny bone?) of pieces that tickle the fancy of Afternoon on 3 listeners - from musical jokes by Mozart and Haydn through Gilbert and Sullivan to Anna Russell, Flanders and Swann and Tom Lehrer.

Comedians will join Louise to pick their own classical favourites too - including Lenny Henry presenting his own recording of Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf', and a mystery guest live in the studio.

The BBC's performing groups also have a funny turn: don't miss the BBC Symphony Orchestra tackling a few easy pieces - backwards - and jazz from the Welsh NOT NOW band, who fiddle with Sibelius in Bangor.

And at 4 o'clock it's over to the BBC's Maida Vale studios for the culmination of Radio 3's Red Nose Conducting Competition, as the lucky winner conducts the BBC Singers, live, in Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

Verdi: Prelude to Act 3 of La Traviata
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major
Sunwook Kim (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Mozart: Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Llyr Williams (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Sibelius: Scene with Cranes, from Kuolema
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Leif Segerstam (conductor)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major
Ingrid Fliter (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Ellin (conductor)

Sibelius: Symphony no. 2 in D major
BBC Philharmonic
Andris Nelsons (conductor).



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