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Katie Derham presents a week of US Orchestras in European repertoire. Including international soloists Lang Lang, Christian Zacharias and Christine Brewer.

Lorenzo da Ponte, librettist of Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte, ran a bookstore in Manhattan and Beethoven's family line ended with his great-nephew who worked for the Michigan Central Railroad Company in Detroit.

Transatlantic musical travel has been going on for centuries, and Afternoon on 3 begins a three-week survey of this "Special relationship". In this first week Afternoon on 3 features USA Orchestras in European repertoire. Next week the direction of travel is reversed with American music performed by BBC Orchestras, and in the third week the programme focuses on composers who sought refuge in the USA in the twentieth century.

This week features the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - and watch out for the Dallas Wind Symphony.

Each day we feature music by Beethoven, and a performance by a world-class soloist.

Beethoven
Ah, Perfido!, scene and aria for soprano and orchestra, Op 65
Christine Brewer (soprano)
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Ward Stare (conductor)

2.15
Liszt
Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat, S124
Lang Lang (piano)
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Jun Märkl (conductor)

2.40
Holst
Suite No 1 in E flat
Dallas Wind Symphony
Jerry Junkin (conductor)

2.55
Brahms
A German Requiem, Op 45
Jane Archibald (soprano)
Kyle Ketelsen (bass-baritone)
San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

4.10
Stravinsky
Firebird Suite (1919)
New York Philharmonic
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (conductor).

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2 hours, 30 minutes

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Mon 11 Nov 2013 14:00