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Katie Derham with music from the BBC SSO. Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain. Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1. Prokofiev: Symphony No 5. Plus Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten.

Katie Derham presents a week of Afternoon on 3 featuring recent concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with a special focus on Russian composers. In today's programme a thread of folk music runs through Mussorgsky's A Night on the Bare Mountain and the Overture on Russian Themes by Mussorgsky's friend Rimsky-Korsakov. There'll be a different reminder of Russian history in Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, composed in the summer of 1944, and premiered in wartime Moscow to the sound of gunfire. The Prokofiev concludes a concert the orchestra gave in Aberdeen in November with conductor Andrew Litton - which also includes violinist Nicola Benedetti playing Szymanowski's first Violin Concerto, the work with which she won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004.

Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain

Marc Garcia Vitoria: Tanzmusik mit B

Szymanowski: Violin Concerto no. 1
Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Andrew Litton (conductor).

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture on Russian Themes
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Takuo Yuasa (conductor).

Britten: Cello Symphony
Alban Gerhardt (cello),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Andrew Manze (conductor).

Recent concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra feature throughout the week, including at least one symphony each day, by the likes of Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, but also works complementing the Russian repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven, Britten and Bartok.

Thursday Opera Matinee continues the Russian theme with one of the greatest of all Russian operas: Mussorgsky's epic story of the ruthless Tsar Boris Godunov.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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Mon 10 Dec 2012 14:00

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Music Played

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    A night on the Bare Mountain

  • Marc Garcia Vitoria

    Tanzmusik Mit B

  • Karol Szymanowski

    Violin Concerto no. 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sarabande in D minor from 2nd Partita for Violin

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony no. 5

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Overture on Russian Themes

  • Benjamin Britten

    Cello Symphony