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Saturday - Martin Handley

2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 December 2012

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show. As December progresses, plenty of festival music and surprises.

From 15th December, the BBC Singers will be specially recording carols - some of them requested by our listeners.

There's the Breakfast Advent Calendar - opening a door every day to reveal winter music and readings chosen by listeners and presenters.

Closer to Christmas, listeners will have the chance to send a Breakfast Christmas Card by requesting a piece of music and dedicating it to a friend.

And in Your Call where we hear from our audience about their favourite pieces of music, there's the chance to introduce a favourite piece of music to the rest of the UK. In the run up to Christmas we'll be hearing about music that reminds listeners of the festive season.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach In Dulce Jubilo BWV608

    Performer: Onyx Brass

    RESONUS RES10105

  • Image for Georges Bizet

    Georges Bizet Carillon from L'Arlesienne Suite No.1

    Performer: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles Performer: Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    NAÏVE V5130

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Impromptu in G flat major Op.51

    Performer: Murray Perahia (piano)

    SONY 8869748232

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Overture to Hansel & Gretel

    Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Georg Solti (conductor)

    DECCA 4211122

  • Image for Stuart Nicholson

    Stuart Nicholson Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

    Performer: BBC Singers (tenor solo Stephen Jeffes) Performer: Gavin Roberts (organ) Performer: Paul Brough (conductor)

    BBC Singers recorded at Maida Vale Studio 1

  • Image for Nicolò Paganini

    Nicolò Paganini Violin Concerto No.2 in B minor Op.7 – third movement 'La Campanella'

    Performer: Salvatore Accardo (violin) Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Performer: Charles Dutoit (conductor)

    DG 4153782

  • Image for Alessandro Scarlatti

    Alessandro Scarlatti Aria 'Nacque, col Gran Messia' from Cantata 'Non sòn qual più m'ingombra'

    Performer: Emma Kirkby (soprano) Performer: London Baroque

    BIS CD1135

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No.39 in E flat K543 – fourth movement Finale

    Performer: The English Concert Performer: Trevor Pinnock

    ARCHIV 4470432

  • Image for John Ireland

    John Ireland The Holy Boy

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Paul Brough (conductor)

    BBC Singers recorded at Maida Vale Studio 1, 41244

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel - Bolero

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: Pierre Boulez (conductor)

    DG 4398592, Tr.15

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Why Do the Nations (The Messiah) & Chorus 'Let us break their bonds'

    Performer: Eamonn Dougan (bass) Performer: Choir of New College Oxford Performer: Academy of Ancient Music Performer: Edward Higginbottom (conductor)

    NAXOS 8570131-32

  • Image for Robert Schumann

    Robert Schumann Etudes symphoniques Op.13 – Finale: Allegro brillante

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (piano)


  • Image for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Christmas Overture

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Performer: Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

    NAXOS 8570331

  • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in B flat Op.4 No.1 RV383a

    Performer: Rachel Podger (violin) Performer: Arte dei Suonatori


  • Image for William Byrd

    William Byrd O magnum mysterium

    Performer: Theatre of Voices Performer: Ars Nova Copenhagen Performer: Paul Hiller (conductor)



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