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Penny Gore presents a concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem. Sibelius: Twelfth Night. Plus the BBC CO in Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Act 1).

Penny Gore presents a week celebrating the BBC's own performing groups in concert across the nation, featuring music by Tchaikovsky every day.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, recorded in concert at the Barbican in London on Saturday evening, start the week by juxtaposing Sibelius's exotic Belshazzar's Feast with Walton's more famous version. The conductor is Edward Gardner and the baritone soloist Gerald Finley, who also sings three of Sibelius's most dramatic songs.

Then it's the turn of the BBC Concert Orchestra, who've been invited by their Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth - also Music Director of the Royal Ballet - to be guest orchestra at Covent Garden in Tchaikovsky festive ballet The Nutcracker.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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Mon 12 Dec 2011 14:00

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Music Played

  • BBC SO Barbican Concert

    • Benjamin Britten

      Sinfonia da requiem Op.20

      Conductor: Edward Gardner Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • Jean Sibelius

      Twelfth night (Kom nu hit, dod)

      Conductor: Edward Gardner Performer: Gerald Finley (baritone) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • Jean Sibelius

      Pa verandan vid havet [On a balcony by the sea]

      Conductor: Edward Gardner Performer: Gerald Finley (baritone) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • Jean Sibelius

      Koskenlaskijan morsiamet [The rapids-rider's brides]

      Conductor: Edward Gardner Performer: Gerald Finley (baritone) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • Jean Sibelius

      Belshazzar's feast

      Conductor: Edward Gardner Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • William Walton

      Belshazzar's feast

      Conductor: Edward Gardner Performer: Gerald Finley (baritone) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Performer: BBC Symphony Chorus

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Conductor: Barry Wordsworth

Broadcast

  • Mon 12 Dec 2011 14:00