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Episode 1

Penny Gore presents a week of light music in its many guises, continuing the celebrations of the Light Fantastic Weekend.

Featuring performances from the BBC Orchestras and brass music from the Cory Band, you can hear a daily Rossini Overture plus a whole range of music at the popular end of the classical spectrum - from the enduring popular Italian classics of Verdi and Puccini, via the sweeping film scores of Korngold and Steiner, to the much-loved British works of Elgar, John Ireland and Eric Coates.

Our Thursday Opera Matinee takes a stroll on the lighter side too with the quintessentially British partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan and their comic masterpiece, The Mikado. The Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davies, relishes the chance to perform this joyous Japanese jape.

In today's programme, the BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by soprano Svetlana Ignatovich and tenor Ben Johnson to open a box of Italian delights. Johannes Wildner conducts a concert of well-known arias from Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti and Tosti, and kicks off with the legendary Overture to Rossini's last opera, William Tell.

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2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 27 Jun 2011 14:00