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Penny Gore with music from the BBC NOW. Rameau: Dardanus Suite. Dukas: Villanelle. Martin: Ballade. Bartok: Concerto for orchestra. Plus Shostakovich, Schumann and Mussorgsky.

Penny Gore presents a week of programmes which profiles the titled conductors of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Featuring concerts from Wales, the Proms, foreign tours and studio recordings, we explore how the members of the team bring their own musical ingredients to blend in the mix of the orchestra's programmes each season.

The newest - and youngest - member of the team, Francois-Xavier Roth, Associate Guest Conductor, always brings the orchestra to life, encouraging the players to give their very best. In 2000 he won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and spent two further years as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. More recently he founded his own orchestra, Les Siecles, appearing with them on his own series for French TV - Presto. We talk to him from his home in Paris, and hear him conducting - and banging his own drum - at the Proms last year in music from the French baroque - a particular passion for him.

We also hear Francois-Xavier in session with principal players from the orchestra in short concertante pieces. From Cheltenham Town Hall, which the orchestra visits each season, there's concert featuring the young French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand. Finally we've the highlight of their Prom concert which opened today's programme: Henry Wood's own orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, full of vibrant orchestral colours in the glorious acoustic of the Royal Albert Hall.

Rameau: Suite from Dardanus
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Dukas (orch. Bujanowski): Villanelle for horn and orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)
Tim Thorpe (horn)

Martin: Ballade for trombone and orchestra
Donal Bannister (trombone)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale (Op. 52)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Shostakovich: Concerto for cello and orchestra no. 1 (Op. 107) in E flat major
Emmanuelle Bertrand (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Melodie (Op. 42 no. 3)
Lesley Hatfield (violin)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Mussorgsky (orch. Henry Wood): Pictures from an exhibition
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor).

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Mon 4 Apr 2011 14:00

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