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Honegger, Stravinsky

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 16 March 2012

Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a concert of music commissioned by the Swiss patron of new music, Paul Sacher. Harpist Catrin Finch and harpischordist Mahan Esfahani are among the soloists in concertos by Frank Martin and Witold Lutoslawski. In the second half, works by Stravinsky and Honegger celebrating the city of Basle.

Swiss billionaire Paul Sacher, who was one of the world's richest people when he died in 1999, spent much of his inherited wealth commissioning new music - including all the works on tonight's programme. Frank Martin's charming Petite symphonie concertante, featuring solo harp, piano and harpsichord, precedes Witold Lutoslawski's Double Concerto for oboe and harp. Stravinsky's Concerto in D for string orchestra and Honegger's powerful Symphony No.4 (subtitled 'The Delights of Basle'), are both dedicated to the Swiss city.

Stravinsky: Concerto in D, 'Basle'
Honegger: Symphony No.4, 'Delicae basiliensis'

Catrin Finch (harp)
Lucas Macias Navarro (oboe)
Louis Schwizgabel (piano)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor).


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