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Episode 3

With Jonathan Swain. Smetana: Sarka (Ma Vlast). Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op 70. Sibelius: Symphony No 5. Finnish folk music written by Konsta Jylha and arranged by Toivo Kuula.

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

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Yuri Bashmet, viola
Martha Argerich, piano
(Martha Argerich Project, Lugano, Switzerland)

Sibelius: Symphony No.5
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
(Lahti Sibelius Festival, Finland)

Finnish folk music composed by Konsta Jylhä and arranged by Toivo Kuula and Einojuhani Rautavaara
Kaustisen Purppuripelimannit Folk Music Ensemble
Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor
(Korsholm Music Festival, Finland)

Haydn: The Creation
Dorothea Röschmann, soprano
Werner Güra, tenor
Thomas E. Bauer, bass
Arnold Schoenberg Chorus
Vienna Concentus Musicus
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
(Styriarte Festival, Graz, Austria).

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