Sunday 10 June
BBC RADIO 3
BBC Radio 3 Publicity
Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz
00:00 – 01:00
George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess has provided jazz players and singers alike with a host of gorgeous melodies. Drawing on interpretations from Louis Armstong and Ella Fitzgerald to Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis, Geoffrey Smith presents on all-star omnibus version of the opera.
Through The Night
01:00 – 07:00
Jonathan Swain presents an all-Brahms concert from the 2011 BBC Proms. Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Emanuel Ax is soloist in the 2nd Piano Concerto.
Private Passions: Celia Imrie
Michael Berkeley's guest this week is one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades. Celia Imrie learnt to play the piano as a child, and her musical passions begin with Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, played by Leonard Bernstein. She has also chosen one of Josef Suk's Love Songs for piano, written for his wife, Dvorak's daughter Ottilie. Celia Imrie's mother was a violinist, and her choices include the finale of Brahms's Violin Concerto played by Nigel Kennedy.
A great opera-lover, she has selected arias from Charpentier's opera Louise, sung by Montserrat Caballe, and Puccini's Tosca, sung by Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi. Celia discusses how she wanted to be a dancer, and finds it hard to sit still while listening to the waltz from Act I of Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella. Her final choice is Shirley Bassey singing `Diamonds Are Forever'.
Celia Imrie has enjoyed frequent collaborations with Victoria Wood from the 1970s onwards, appearing as Miss Babs in the spoof TV soap Acorn Antiques, and as Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies. Other major TV roles include Diana Neal in After You've Gone, and Gloria Millington in Kingdom. Her film credits include Nanny McPhee, Hilary And Jackie (in which she played Iris du Pre), Calendar Girls, Bridget Jones' Diary, the 2007 remake of St Trinian's, in which she played the Matron, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . She is also a highly successful stage actress, and is currently appearing in Michael Frayn's Noises Off in London's West End, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.
The Early Music Show
13:00 – 14:00
Continuing this weekend of music recorded at this year’s Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Lucie Skeaping introduces highlights of a concert of French music by Francois Couperin. The concert was given by Musica ad Rhenum under director and flautist Jed Wentz. The Canadian soprano Andreanne Paquin joins the ensemble in a cantata by Francois Collin de Blamont.
14:00 – 16:00
Conductor Sian Edwards joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a concert of French and English music recorded at the Romanesque church of St. David's Cathedral.
The Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams was written for performance in the grand acoustic of Gloucester cathedral, thus St. David’s is the perfect setting to exploit the distant parts of the building for the "echo" orchestra featured in this work.
Ravel's Menuet Antique started life as a charming piano minature, written soon after he left the Paris conservatoire in 1895. Many years later, Ravel returned to the work to orchestrate it.
Conductor Sian Edwards closes the concert with Elgar's Enigma Variations, a warm and affectionate set of musical portraits of Elgar's closest friends. First performed in 1899, it won immediate popularity and shot Elgar to the forefront of British music making.
Mezzo soprano Anna Stephany represented England in the finals of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2009. She joins us for the sensual song cycle Nuits d'ete by Berlioz, a romantic and passionate selection of love songs for summer nights.
Presenter/ Nicola Heywood Thomas
17:00 – 18:30
Aled Jones presents a rare chance to hear one of America's best young chamber choirs: the Brigham Young University Singers of Utah, specially recorded on their recent tour of the UK. Members of the choir discuss their all American programme and the vibrancy of the Mormon choral tradition.
Words And Music
18:30 – 19:45
In this edition of Words And Music, Jim Broadbent plays the French 16th century essayist, Michel de Montaigne.
In his Essays, Montaigne drew on a lifetime of experience and observation to try to answer one essential question: 'How to live?' But far from inscrutable musings, the Essays are often earthy and direct at once scatological and astute, philosophical and witty, playful and profound.
The Essays were first published in 1580 and are positively Shakespearian, both in their range and in their humanism. Montaigne speaks as himself, directly and in clear prose, and says the most extraordinarily heretical things. Some of his arguments include the notion that human beings are on a par with the animals and that they are just a tiny part of Nature, all of which deserves equally to be respected and that death is just the end of life and it is life which is the important thing.
In 1676 the Vatican caught up with Montaigne the best part of a century after his death when the Essays were put on its index of prohibited books, where they stayed until 1854. The Essays have been continuously available for the last four and a half centuries not only because they are engaging and entertaining but also because of the spark of self-revelation they so often generate.
In this programme, seasoned Montaignistes will find themselves recognising an old friend, and those coming to the Essays for the first time will find a new one.
Drama On 3: Henceforward
20:30 – 22:30
Martin Jarvis directs Jared Harris and Joanne Whalley in Alan Ayckbourn's darkly prophetic comedy. What's the most important thing for composer Jerome: a great new work, or his family?
It's sometime in the near future. Composer Jerome has been suffering a creative block. His only company is his beloved music, the ultra-modern recording devices that surround him, and a malfunctioning humanoid robot, NAN 300F.
Jerome has been unable to work since his wife, Corinna, left with their daughter Geain 4 years ago. Desperate to see Geain again and hoping she'll release the flood-gates, he engages a young actress, Zoe, to pretend to be his fiancée. He wants to deceive his ex-wife into believing he's a fit person to spend time with. However, owing to his obsession with recording every intimate moment, Zoe quits. Can Jerome now re-programme robot Nan to be a substitute for Zoe?
This is Ayckbourn's 34th play. It received its 1987 world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre-in-the-Round, Scarborough. In November 1988 it opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, where it ran for ten months, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.
Jerome ..... Jared Harris
Lupus ..... Simon Templeman
Zoe ..... Sophie Winkleman
Geain, aged 9 ..... Rosa Calcraft
Corinna ..... Joanne Whalley
Mervyn ..... Darren Richardson
Geain, aged 13 ..... Moira Quirk
Mrs Hope-Fitch ..... Daisy Hydon
Technician ..... Matthew Wolf
NAN 300F ..... Herself
22:30 – 23:15
Lucy Duran is joined by Arwa Haider and John L Walters for a review of new world music albums, and Uday Bhawalkar sings the ancient Indian classical style of dhrupad.
Uday Bhawalkar comes from the Indian city of Pune, and he has devoted his life to singing 'dhrupad', an ancient style of devotional singing. In dhrupad, the sacred words are drawn out over a long period, the singer slowly exploring the sound of each syllable, intended to induce a trance-like state in both the signer and listener.
23:15 – 00:30
Claire Martin presents a piano inspired Jazz Line-Up which returns to the highly inventive Steinway Piano festival held at the Dean Street Pizza Express in London. This time across the piano lids are Dena De La Rosa and Janette Mason with an action packed set of covers and originals. Additionally, Kevin Le Gendre meets twice Grammy Nominated pianist Alan Broadbent in a rare recent concert in the UK and Claire pays tribute to passing of UK pianist Pete Saberton.
Presenter/ Claire Martin
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