Thursday Opera Matinee: Britten 100. Katie Derham presents Benjamin Britten's American operetta Paul Bunyan - a semi-comic allegory of the emergence of American civilisation from 'the struggle between Man and Nature' - as the work's librettist, Britten's friend W H Auden, put it. Richard Hickox conducts the forces of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Following the opera, Afternoon on 3's British symphony series continues with Malcolm Arnold's best-loved contribution to the genre.
Britten: Paul Bunyan
Narrator ..... Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone),
The Voice of John Bunyan ..... Kenneth Cranham (speaker),
Johnny Inkslinger ..... Kurt Streit (tenor),
Tiny ..... Susan Gritton (soprano),
Hot Biscuit Slim ..... Kenneth Cranham (tenor),
Sam Sharkey ..... Francis Egerton (tenor),
Ben Benny ..... Graeme Broadbent (baritone),
Hel Helson ..... Jeremy White (bass),
John Shears ..... Roderick Earle (bass),
Fido ..... Lillian Watson (soprano),
Moppet ..... Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano),
Poppet ..... Leah-Marian Jones (mezzo-soprano),
Royal Opera Chorus,
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,
Richard Hickox (conductor).
Malcolm Arnold: Symphony no. 2
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,
Rumon Gamba (conductor).