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Sunday - Martin Handley

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's breakfast show, with festive music and surprises. Including the BBC Singers with specially recorded carols and the Breakfast Advent Calendar.

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show. As December progresses, plenty of festival music and surprises.

From 15th December, the BBC Singers will be specially recording carols - some of them requested by our listeners.

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

Closer to Christmas, 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's 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

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Seventeen Come Sunday (Folk Song Suite)

    Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: James Judd (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8572304.
  • Anon.

    Lullay, lullay: As I lay on Yoolis Night

    Performer: Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

    • Recorded at the Royal Northern College of Music.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Performer: Wayne Marshall (piano/conductor) Performer: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra

    • VIRGIN 5612472.
  • Will Todd

    The Christ Child

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Gavin Roberts (organ) Performer: Paul Brough (conductor)

    • BBC Singers recorded at Maida Vale Studio 1.
    • 41244.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Morning from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 Op.46

    Performer: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Performer: Paavo Berglund (conductor)

    • EMI 5747312.
  • Philip Lane

    Overture on French Carols

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Performer: Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8570331.
  • Trad.

    Nun sei gegrusst, O Jesulein

    Performer: Vienna Boys Choir Performer: Peter Marschik (conductor)

    • CAPRICCIO C5160.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in G major K379 – Allegro

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff (violin) Performer: Lars Vogt (piano)

    • ONDINE ODE12042.
  • Richard Allain

    In the bleak

    Performer: BBC Singers (soprano solo Olivia Robinson) Performer: Paul Brough (conductor)

    • BBC Singers recorded at Maida Vale Studio 1.
    • 41244.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture

    Performer: Cleveland Orchestra Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

    • DECCA 4335482.
  • Peter Warlock

    The First Mercy

    Performer: Sarah Connolly (mezzo) Performer: Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHAN10691.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.101 in D major 'The Clock' – second movement

    Performer: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble Performer: Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    • NAÏVE V5176.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in B flat major Op.23 No.2

    Performer: Simon Trpceski (piano)

    • EMI 5579432.
  • Leroy Anderson

    A Christmas Festival

    Performer: Royal Scottish National Orchestra Performer: Christopher Bell (conductor)

    • SIGNUM SIGCD202.
  • Will Todd

    My Lord Has Come

    Performer: Tenebrae Performer: Nigel Short (conductor)

    • SIGNUM SIGCD298.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Navarra Op.33

    Performer: Chloe Hanslip & Mikhail Ovrutsky (violins) Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Performer: Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    • WARNER 0927456642.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorus 'Ehre sei dir, Gott' (Christmas Oratorio BWV248, Part 5)

    Performer: Dresden Chamber Choir Performer: Leipzig Gewandhausorchester Performer: Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 4782272.

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