Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Bellini - Norma

Presented by Jonathan Swain. Revueltas: Noche de los Mayas. Schumann: Marchenbilder. Rachmaninov: Vespers. Smetana: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests (Ma Vlast). Bellini: Norma.

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

Revueltas: Noche de los Mayas
Mexican State Symphony Orchestra
Enrique Batiz, conductor
(Granada International Music Festival, Spain)

Schumann: Märchenbilder, Op. 113
Lyda Chen, viola
Martha Argerich, piano
(Martha Argerich Project, Lugano, Switzerland)

Rachmaninov: Vespers
Smolny Cathedral Choir, St Petersburg
Vladimir Bletgesov, director
(Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, Spain)

Bellini: Norma
Norma............Katia Pellegrino, soprano
Clotilde......Gemma Bertagnolli, soprano
Adalgisa.....Lucia Cirillo, mezzo-soprano
Pollione...............Gregory Kunde, tenor
Flavio..........Emanuele d'Aguanno, tenor
Oroveso..............Nikolay Didenko, bass
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Chorus, Bialystok
Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi, conductor
(Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Warsaw, Poland)

Smetana: From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests from Ma Vlast
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
(Styriarte Festival, Graz, Austria).

4 hours