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Episode 1

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 21 January 2013

Celebrating the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Presented by Penny Gore. Lutoslawski, who's widely regarded as the greatest Polish composer of the twentieth century, was born in Warsaw 100 years ago this Friday. Afternoon on 3 celebrates his birthday with the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing a wide variety of his music, including all four of his Symphonies. And the week begins with a live concert by the BBC Philharmonic from their home at MediaCity, Salford, presented by Adam Tomlinson. Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena conducts two pieces by Lutoslawski: the fanfare he wrote for Lancaster University in 1989, and his 1970s orchestral work Mi-Parti, which alternates passages written down with sections requiring improvisation from some players. Spanish colours flourish in Turina's symphonic poem La Procesion del Rocio, evoking a procession of the Virgin Mary in Andalusia, and his Danzas Gitanas (Gypsy Dances). And Spanish mezzo-soprano Clara Mouriz joins the orchestra for Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Songs of a Wayfarer. After the concert, the afternoon continues with local flavours, Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra welcome us back to London with Elgar's Cockaigne Overture, and Edward Gardner takes over the baton for a brand new recording of Lutoslawski's Symphony no. 1, started under Nazi occupation and finished after the end of the Second World War. The recording is part of Edward Gardner's latest CD with the BBC SO, to be released in March, which we'll be offering throughout the week in Afternoon on 3. LIVE from MediaCity, Salford BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena (conductor). Lutoslawski: Fanfare for the University of Lancaster Lutoslawski: Mi-Parti Turina: La Procesión del Rocio, Op. 9 Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer with Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano) Turina: 5 Danzas Gitanas (Gypsy Dances), Op. 55 3.15 Elgar: Cockaigne (in London Town) Overture BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiri Belohlavek, conductor 3.30 Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 1 BBC Symphony Orchestra Edward Gardner, conductor Our Thursday Opera Matinée picks up the Polish theme via the world of the Italian composer Italo Montemezzi and his drama in 3 acts 'L'amore dei tre re' ('The Love of Three Kings'), in a recent performance by Polish forces at Warsaw's Philharmonic Concert Hall.

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