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Wednesday - Petroc Trelawny

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring festive music and surprise features.

Petroc Trelawny 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.

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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella's Waltz: Suite from Cinderella (arranged Pletnev)

    Performer: Ufuk & Bahar Dorduncu (pianos)

  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Farewell to Gormenghast

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic Performer: Conductor John Harle

    • Sony Classical SK 89135.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto in C for flute & harp, K299 (second movement: Andantino)

    Performer: William Bennett (flute) Performer: Claire Jones (harp) Performer: English Chamber Orchestra Performer: Conductor Paul Watkins

    • Signum SIGCD216.
  • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Messe de Minuit pour Noel – Noel: Laissez paitre vos betes; Sanctus & Benedictus; Agnus De

    Performer: Arcadia Ensemble Performer: Director Kevin Mallon

    • Naxos 8.557229.
  • Georges Bizet

    L' Arlesienne - suite no. 2 [compiled by Ernest Guiraud], Farandole

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Conductor Claudio Abbado

    • DG 471 627-2.
  • Vladimir Horowitz

    Variations on a theme from Bizet's Carmen

    Performer: Cameron Carpenter (organ)

    • TELARC CD80711.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Suite of Carols for String Orchestra

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Performer: Conductor Leonard Slatkin

    • Naxos 8559356.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in G flat, D899 No 3

    Performer: Imogen Cooper (piano)

    • AVIE AV2158.
  • Gillian Whitehead


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

    • BBC Singers recorded in Maida Vale Studio 1.
    • 41244.
  • Adolphe Adam

    O helga Natt

    Performer: Jussi Bjorling (tenor) Performer: The Royal Orchestra Performer: Conductor Nils Grevillius

    • Swedish Society SCD 1100.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8 "Christmas Concerto"

    Performer: Cantilena Performer: Director Adrian Shepherd

    • CHAN 6630.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Seven Swans A-Swimming (Partridge Pie)

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett (piano)

    • Delos DE 6002.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Hary Janos - suite (Op.35a) [1927], Entrance of the Emperor and his court

    Performer: Budapest Festival Orchestra Performer: Conductor Ivan Fischer

    • Philips 462 824 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

    • Decca 4783206.
  • Gordon Langford

    A Christmas Fantasy - medley of Christmas carols (arranged for chorus & orchestra)

    Performer: Sellers Engineering Band Performer: Huddersfield Choral Society Performer: Conductor Brian Kay

    • CHAN 4530.
  • George Gershwin

    3 Preludes

    Performer: Michael Collins (clarinet) Performer: Piers Lane (piano)

    • CHAN 10615.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin - lyric scenes in 3 acts (Op.24), Waltz

    Performer: New York Philharmonic Performer: Conductor Kurt Masur

    • Teldec 4509 94571-2.
  • Harold Arlen

    Come Rain or Come Shine

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett (piano & vocals)

    • Black Box BBJ2018.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV.248), Pt.1, no.1; Jauchzet, frohlocket! [chorus]

    Performer: Monteverdi Choir Performer: English Baroque Soloists Performer: Conductor John Eliot Gardiner

    • Archiv 469 769 2.
  • George Gershwin

    Embraceable You

    Performer: John Wilson & His Orchestra Performer: Conductor John Wilson

    • Vocalion CDSA6803.


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