Radio 3 Guide to the Opera
Louise Fryer presents a feast of musical humour.
Rossini, arr. Spike Jones: William Tell Overture
Spike Jones and his City Slickers
Bernstein: One Hundred Easy Ways (from Wonderful Town)
Kim Criswell as Ruth Sherwood
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
Victor Borge: Variations on Happy Birthday
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33 no. 2 (‘Joke’)
Tom Lehrer: Alma
Basil Brush joins Louise in the studio
attrib. Rossini: Cats duet
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Victoria De Los Angeles (soprano)
Gerald Moore (piano)
Lenny Henry introduces his recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Lenny Henry (narrator)
Nouvel Ensemble Instrumental du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris
Jacques Pési (conductor)
Comedian Armando Iannucci joins Louise and chooses some of his favourite pieces of music
Following on from this morning’s Composer of the Week, Donald Macleod reveals which ‘Unbelievable Spoofs’ were real and which were…. well, spoofs.
Mozart: Queen of the Night’s Aria from The Magic Flute
Florence Foster Jenkins, “soprano”
Mozart, arr. Flanders and Swann: Ill Wind
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Eric Morecambe & Andrew Privet (Andre Previn)
Gilbert and Sullivan: ‘When I was a lad I served a term’ from HMS Pinafore
Richard Suart as the Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, KCB
Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera
Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Special guest Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Episodes) joins Louise in the studio and plays music with a comical twist.
Malcolm Arnold: A Grand Grand Overture (recorded at the first ever Hoffnung concert in 1956)
Hoffnung (alias Morley College) Symphony Orchestra
Malcolm Arnold (conductor)
A Dudley Moore musical parody
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Shelley (conductor)
Live from Bangor, the BBC NOT NOW band fiddle with Sibelius. Followed by fifteen minutes of fun at the expense of Richard Wagner, including comedian Anna Russell and Bugs Bunny.
Afternoon on 3 joins the BBC Singers and conductor Paul Brough live from Maida Vale, where they perform works including the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah conducted by Radio 3's Red Nose Conducting Competition winner Dennis Gound.
With presenter Christopher Cook.
Conductor Paul Brough
Parry: Music, when soft voices die
Holst: Ode to CKS and the Oriana
Joseph Horovitz: It was a lover and his lass
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah) conducted by competition winner Dennis Gound
Mozart: A Musical Joke