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Jonathan Swain presents third symphonies by Stanford and Vaughan Williams. Plus Wesley: I wish to tune my quiv'ring lyre. Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1. Bartok: Violin Concerto No 2.

Jonathan Swain continues Afternoon on 3's month-long celebration of British symphonies with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. Today he introduces two 'number threes': Stanford's 'Irish' Symphony from the Ulster Orchestra and Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Plus the BBC Singers in choral music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, and the BBC SSO playing Liszt and Bartok from their recent tour to the Netherlands.

Across the week in Afternoon on 3 you can hear three Vaughan Williams Symphonies: nos. 3, 5 and 9. The week's other British symphonists are Ernest Moeran, Elizabeth Maconchy, Robert Simpson and James MacMillan. And to complement the British music there are Austro-Hungarian and German classics, from Mozart and Beethoven via Schumann, Brahms and Liszt to Bartok and Webern.

The Thursday Opera Matinee is a little-known work by Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert, L'Aiglon, about the life of Napoleon Bonaparte's son - The Young Eagle' of the title.

Stanford: Symphony no. 3 (Irish)
Ulster Orchestra,
Vernon Handley (conductor).

S S Wesley: I wish to tune my quiv'ring lyre
BBC Singers,
Conductor Paul Brough.

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no. 1
Bartok: Violin Concerto no. 2
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony (Symphony no. 3)
Ruby Hughes (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Andrew Manze (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

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Mon 10 Jun 2013 14:00

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Music Played

  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Symphony no. 3 in F minor Op.28 (Irish)

  • Samuel Sebastian Wesley

    I wish to tune my quiv'ring lyre (1833)

  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto waltz no.1 from 2 Episodes from Lenau's Faust S.110

  • Béla Bartók

    Violin Concerto no. 2 Sz.112

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Pastoral symphony (Symphony no.3)