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Episode 2

Music from the BBC Philharmonic. Rossini: Overture (La gazza ladra). Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 18. Britten: Violin Concert. Brahms: Symphony No 4. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2.

Presented by Jonathan Swain.

This week's featured orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, begin the afternoon with the overture to Rossini's opera La Gazza Ladra (the Thieving Magpie); you can hear the whole of Rossini's The Silken Ladder in our Thursday Opera Matinee.

Next, a Beethoven Piano Sonata, played at the orchestra's home in Salford by Martin Roscoe after a concert in which he played Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic - you can hear that performance on Friday.

There's music by centenary composer Benjamin Britten almost every day this week: today, a brand new recording of his Violin Concerto.

Following Brahms's Symphony No. 4 from a recent concert in Hanley, the afternoon is brought to a close with one of Rachmaninov's best loved pieces, his Second Piano Concerto.

Rossini: La Gazza Ladra - Overture
BBC Philharmonic,
Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3
Martin Roscoe (piano)

Britten: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Tasmin Little (violin),
BBC Philharmonic,
Edward Gardner (conductor).

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
BBC Philharmonic,
Yan-Pascal Tortelier (conductor).

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Christian Ihle Hadland (piano),
BBC Philharmonic,
John Storgards (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture to The thieving magpie

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata no. 18 in E flat major Op.31`3 for piano

  • Benjamin Britten

    Concerto Op.15 for violin and orchestra

  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 4 in E minor Op.98

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Concerto no. 2 in C minor Op.18 for piano and orchestra