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Episode 2

With Penny Gore. Smetana: Overture (The Secret). Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 (soloist - Martin Roscoe); Triple Concerto. Stravinsky: The Firebird.

Over the next two weeks in Afternoon on 3 you can hear the BBC's orchestras playing all of Beethoven's concertos and symphonies. They start this week with the eight concertos: one for violin and five for piano, plus the Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra and (today) the 'triple concerto' for violin, cello, piano and orchestra. The presenter is Penny Gore.

Our Thursday Opera Matinee is the third of Puccini's operatic triptych, Gianni Schicchi - you may have heard the first two in this San Francisco Opera production last week.

Thursday's programme also features a live concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as the last of Beethoven's five piano concertos.

Then as a grand finale to the week, Louise Fryer presents a feast of musical humour - in Afternoon on 3's Red Nose Special, part of Radio 3's contribution to Red Nose Day.

There'll be a backbone (or should that be funny bone?) of pieces that tickle the fancy of Afternoon on 3 listeners - from musical jokes by Mozart and Haydn through Gilbert and Sullivan to Anna Russell, Flanders and Swann and Tom Lehrer.

Comedians will join Louise to pick their own classical favourites too - including Lenny Henry presenting his own recording of Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf', and a mystery guest live in the studio.

The BBC's performing groups also have a funny turn: don't miss the BBC Symphony Orchestra tackling a few easy pieces - backwards - and jazz from the Welsh NOT NOW band, who fiddle with Sibelius in Bangor.

And at 4 o'clock it's over to the BBC's Maida Vale studios for the culmination of Radio 3's Red Nose Conducting Competition, as the lucky winner conducts the BBC Singers, live, in Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

Smetana: Overture to The Secret
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor
Martin Roscoe (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Jonathan Harvey: ...towards a pure land
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Beethoven : Triple Concerto
Israel Piano Trio
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete ballet)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

2 hours, 50 minutes