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Penny Gore with music from the BBC NOW. Debussy: Jeux (poeme danse). Dalbavie: Concerto for flute and orchestra. Honegger: Amphion (excerpt). Plus music by Ravel and Massenet.

Penny Gore presents a week of programmes profiling 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.

We celebrate the most important man in the conducting team today with a live concert from BBC Hoddinott Hall. Thierry Fischer, Principal Conductor, lives in Geneva, and he joined the orchestra in 2006, succeeding Richard Hickox. His keen sense of orchestral colour and transparency will no doubt come to the fore in this concert of French music, presented by Catrin Finch. We'll hear Debussy's richly scored (and rarely heard) ballet score Jeux, written in 1913 for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, and we'll be joined by Thierry's compatriot - and fellow flautist - Emanuel Pahud, for a contemporary French concerto which explores the subtle relationship in timbre between the orchestra and soloist.

There's Swiss music on CD by Arthur Honegger, an orchestral triptych from a major dramatic work "Amphion", who, according to Greek myth, created architecture by magic as he played his lyre. Our live concert continues with another concerto, this time from Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi - also from Switzerland. And we'll hear from Thierry Fischer about his plans for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and his other posts, Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic and Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, before today's finale of fairy-tale music by Massenet.

Debussy: Jeux (poeme danse)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Marc-Andre Dalbavie: Concerto for flute and orchestra
Emmanuel Pahud (flute)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Honegger: Prelude, fugue et postlude (from Amphion)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Ravel: Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Massenet: Suite no. 6 (Scenes de feerie)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Rachmaninov (Orchestrated by Respighi): Le Chaperon Rouge et le Loup (Etude-tableaux Op.39)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor).

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