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Katie Derham presents a week of Afternoon on 3 featuring recent concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with a special focus on Russian composers. In today's programme a thread of folk music runs through Mussorgsky's A Night on the Bare Mountain and the Overture on Russian Themes by Mussorgsky's friend Rimsky-Korsakov. There'll be a different reminder of Russian history in Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, composed in the summer of 1944, and premiered in wartime Moscow to the sound of gunfire. The Prokofiev concludes a concert the orchestra gave in Aberdeen in November with conductor Andrew Litton - which also includes violinist Nicola Benedetti playing Szymanowski's first Violin Concerto, the work with which she won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004.

Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain

Marc Garcia Vitoria: Tanzmusik mit B

2.20pm
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto no. 1
Nicola Benedetti (violin)

2.45pm
Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Andrew Litton (conductor).

3.30pm
Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture on Russian Themes
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Takuo Yuasa (conductor).

3.45pm
Britten: Cello Symphony
Alban Gerhardt (cello),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Andrew Manze (conductor).

Recent concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra feature throughout the week, including at least one symphony each day, by the likes of Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, but also works complementing the Russian repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven, Britten and Bartok.

Thursday Opera Matinee continues the Russian theme with one of the greatest of all Russian operas: Mussorgsky's epic story of the ruthless Tsar Boris Godunov.

Release date:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 10 Dec 2012 14:00