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Sunday - Martin Handley

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show.

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show.

As December progresses, plenty of festive music, requests and surprises.

Throughout December there's the Breakfast Advent Calendar - opening a door every day to reveal winter music and readings chosen by listeners and presenters.

As Christmas gets closer, listeners will have the chance to send a Breakfast Christmas Card by requesting a piece of music and dedicating it to a friend.

And in Your Call where we hear from our audience about their favourite pieces of music, there'll be the chance to introduce a favourite piece of music to the rest of the UK. In the run up to Christmas we'll be hearing about music that reminds listeners of the festive season.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade in G for small orchestra

    Performer: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (solo viola: Nardo Poy)

    • DG 431 680-2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude in D flat, op.28 no.15 ('Raindrop')

    Performer: Rafael Blechacz (piano)

    • DG 477 6592.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Performer: Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    • Decca 438 742-2.
  • Max Steiner

    The Light Brigade Rides Again

    Performer: Moscow Symphony Orchestra Performer: William T. Stromberg

    • CD Baby 332729.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in G, op.64 no.4

    Performer: The Angeles Quartet

    • Philips 464 169-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori', from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV72

    Performer: Christopher Purves (bass) Performer: Arcangelo Performer: Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

    • Hyperion CDA67842.
  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 – third movement

    Performer: György Sándor (piano) Performer: Hungarian State Orchestra Performer: Adám Fischer (conductor)

    • Sony SK 45 835.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O sacrum convivium

    Performer: Chapelle du Roi Performer: Alistair Dixon (conductor)

    • Brilliant 93612.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Danse macabre, op.40

    Performer: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Performer: Jean Martinon (conductor)

    • Decca 478 3188.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    Send in the Clowns

    Performer: Judi Dench (vocals – Desiree) Performer: Paddy Cunneen (musical director)

    • Tring TRING001.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Andante festivo (for string quartet, arranged for string orchestra and timpani)

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Performer: Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    • BIS 222.
  • Eric Coates

    London Suite; Covent Garden (Tarantelle)

    Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Charles Groves (conductor)

    • EMI 352 356-2.
  • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

    Concert Valse

    Performer: Sergei Nakaryakov (trumpet) Performer: Alexander Markovich (piano)

    • Teldec 2564 67209-4.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L'enfance du Christ – The Shepherds' Farewell to the Holy Family, from pt 2 (The Flight in

    Performer: Tenebrae Choir Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Performer: Colin Davis (conductor)

    • LSO Live LSO 0606.
  • Jacques Duphly


    Performer: Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

    • Aparté AP043.
  • Richard Wagner

    Wesendonck Lieder

    Performer: Hanne-Lore Kuhse (soprano) Performer: Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig Performer: Václav Neumann (conductor)

    • Berlin Classics 0013242BC.
  • Maurice Ravel - Daphnis and Chlöe; Sunrise

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: Berlin Radio Choir Performer: Pierre Boulez (conductor)


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