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From 2010's summer festivals: Smetana: Ma Vlast (excerpt). Biber: Battalia. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor (with Martha Argerich). A Scarlatti: Songs. Bach: Mass in B minor.

This week Afternoon on 3 celebrates the riches and diversity of 2010's musical summer, with performances from leading festivals in Europe and beyond, by some of the world's great singers, instrumentalists and ensembles.

You can hear the best concerts from 25 festivals in fifteen countries - as far afield as Finland, Moldova and Canada. At the heart of the week will be concerts from top festivals in Austria and Switzerland, including the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano and Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Styriarte Festival in Graz. The Thursday Opera Matinee is Bellini's Norma, conducted by Fabio Biondi with his period-instrument ensemble Europa Galante at the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw. Large choral works will be a particular feature throughout the week - from Bach's B minor Mass through Haydn's Creation and Beethoven's Missa solemnis to Rachmaninov's Vespers and a celebration of Arvo Pärt's 75th birthday in his native Estonia.

Presented by Jonathan Swain

Smetana: Vysehrad, from Ma Vlast
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
(Styriarte Festival, Graz, Austria)

Biber: Battalia
European Union Baroque Orchestra
Lars Ulrik Mortensen, conductor
(Echternach Festival, Luxembourg)

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Martha Argerich, piano
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Alexander Vedernikov, conductor
(Martha Argerich Project, Lugano, Switzerland)

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantata - Bella Dama di Nome Santa
Barbara Kozelj, mezzo-soprano
Musica Cubicularis
Domen Marincic, director & baroque cello
(Radovljica Festival, Slovenia)

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
(Vienna Festival, Austria)

Alessandro Scarlatti: Songs
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Michael McMahon, piano
(Ste-Pétronille Chamber Music Festival, Sainte-Pétronille de Beaulieu, Orleans Island, Quebec, Canada)

Chopin: Mazurka in F minor, Op. 68 no. 4
Janusz Olejniczak, piano
(Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Warsaw, Poland)

Bach: Mass in B minor
Johannette Zomer, soprano
Maarten Engeltjes, alto
Thomas Walker, tenor
Peter Harvey, bass
Capella Amsterdam
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Daniel Reuss, director
(Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Warsaw, Poland).

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Mon 27 Dec 2010 13:00

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