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Episode 4

Penny Gore and the BBC Symphony Orchestra round off this Afternoon on 3 week celebrating the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, who was born 100 years ago today. The programme begins with a brand-new recording of his Partita for violin and orchestra, with soloist Tasmin Little; followed by Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, recorded just last week under Giancarlo Guerrero. The theme of nature continues with soprano Lucy Crowe singing Lutoslawski's song cycle Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Songflowers and Songfables), a gentle evocation of flowers and animals. From songs to ballet, as Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC SO in Prokofiev's On the Dnieper, commissioned by the Paris Opera in 1930. And we end with Lutoslawski's last major orchestral work, the Fourth Symphony: he finished in 1992, less than two years before his death, and conducted the premiere himself in Los Angeles in 1993.

Lutoslawski: Partita
Tasmin Little (violin),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Edward Gardner (conductor).

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor).

Lutoslawski: Chantefleurs et chantefables
Lucy Crowe (soprano),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Edward Gardner (conductor),

Prokofiev: On the Dnieper (Na Denepre), Op. 51
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Rumon Gamba (conductor).

Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 4
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Edward Gardner (conductor).

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2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 25 Jan 2013 14:00