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Episode 1

Penny Gore presents a week celebrating the BBC's own performing groups in concert across the nation, featuring music by Tchaikovsky every day.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, recorded in concert at the Barbican in London on Saturday evening, start the week by juxtaposing Sibelius's exotic Belshazzar's Feast with Walton's more famous version. The conductor is Edward Gardner and the baritone soloist Gerald Finley, who also sings three of Sibelius's most dramatic songs.

Then it's the turn of the BBC Concert Orchestra, who've been invited by their Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth - also Music Director of the Royal Ballet - to be guest orchestra at Covent Garden in Tchaikovsky festive ballet The Nutcracker.

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2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 12 Dec 2011 14:00