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Presented by Penny Gore. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue. Ives: 3 Places in New England. Carter: To Music. Barber: God's Grandeur. Adams: Shaker Loops. Beach: Symphony, Op 32 (Gaelic).

It's an all-American week on Afternoon on 3, featuring the BBC performing groups in live concerts and specially made recordings of music by American composers. Today begins with one of the most American of works - Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, before Charles Ives celebrates his native New England and the BBC Singers perform music by Elliott Carter and Samuel Barber. Tenor Samuel Boden joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the suite from Dominick Argento's opera based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe, before one of the most thrilling of all American minimalist pieces, Shaker Loops by John Adams. And the afternoon ends with a Symphony by the most famous of the early American female composers, Amy Beach.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Wayne Marshall (piano),
BBC Philharmonic,
Arvo Volmer (conductor).

Ives: Three Places in New England (Orchestral Set No 1)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Nicholas Collon (conductor).

Elliott Carter: To Music
BBC Singers,
Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

Argento: Le Tombeau d' Edgar Poe
Samuel Boden (tenor),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor).

Barber: God's Grandeur; To be sung on the water
BBC Singers,
Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

John Adams: Shaker Loops
BBC Philharmonic,
Clark Rundell (conductor).

Beach: Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 (Gaelic)
Ulster Orchestra,
JoAnn Falletta (conductor).

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is a Lyon Opera production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis - The Emperor of Atlantis, written in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt (TerezĂ­n) during World War Two by the Jewish composer Viktor Ullmann and librettist Peter Kien - who both died in Auschwitz in 1944.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 18 Nov 2013 14:00

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Music Played

  • John Adams

    Shaker Loops

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
  • Dominick Argento

    Le Tombeau d' Edgar Poe

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Samuel Barber

    God's Grandeur

    Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Samuel Barber

    To Be Sung on the Water

    Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Charles Ives

    Three places in New England (Orchestral set no.1) K.V.30

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Arvo Volmer. Performer: Wayne Marshall.
  • Elliott Carter

    To Music

    Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Amy Beach

    Symphony in E minor Op.32 (Gaelic)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.