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Episode 1

Music from the BBC Philharmonic. HK Gruber: Northwind Pictures. Kurt Schwertsik: Nachtmusiken. Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex. Korngold: Violin Concerto. Britten: Recitative and Aria.

Presented by Jonathan Swain.

This week a range of varied repertoire with the BBC Philharmonic, including two recent concerts given by the orchestra in Vienna plus other Viennese music, and their latest recording, a concerto album dedicated to Benjamin Britten in the year of his centenary. Our regular Thursday Opera Matinee features a rarely heard comic piece by Rossini.

Today, we start in Vienna's Konzerthaus with composer H. K. Gruber at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic, conducting his own Northwind Pictures, followed by Kurt Schwertsik's Nacthmusiken, music of the night from another Viennese composer, and then Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, based on Sophocles.

Then, staying in Viennese spirit, Korngold's Violin Concerto with soloist Ruth Palmer under the baton of Yutaka Sado from a concert in Cumbria last month. The programme ends with Britten's Recitative and Aria for piano and orchestra, the original third movement for his Piano Concerto Op. 13, which you can hear on Thursday played by the same team, pianist Howard Shelley with Edward Gardner conducting.

H. K. Gruber: Northwind Pictures
Kurt Schwertsik: Nachtmusiken
BBC Philharmonic,
H. K. Gruber (conductor).

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex
Oedipus ..... Ian Bostridge (tenor),
Jocasta ..... Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano),
Creon ..... Darren Jeffery (bass-baritone),
Tiresias ..... Matthew Best (bass),
Shepherd ..... Timothy Robinson (tenor),
Messenger ..... Neal Davies (bass),
Chorus Viennensis,
BBC Philharmonic,
H. K. Gruber (conductor).

Korngold: Violin Concerto
Ruth Palmer (violin),
BBC Philharmonic,
Yutaka Sado (conductor).

Britten: Recitative and Aria for piano and orchestra
Howard Shelley (piano),
BBC Philharmonic,
Edward Gardner (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 8 Apr 2013 14:00

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Music Played

  • HK Gruber

    Northwind pictures for orchestra

  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Nachtmusiken Op.104

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Oedipus rex - opera-oratorio in 2 acts

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Concerto in D major Op.35 for violin and orchestra

  • Benjamin Britten

    Recitative and aria for piano and orchestra [original 3rd movement for Piano Concerto, Op.