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Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, the BBC NOW performs music by Rorem, Adams, David Diamond and Roy Harris. Plus Barber, MacDowell, Thompson and Carter.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales continue their Americana series of live concerts at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, presented by Fiona Talkington in conversation with American classical music radio host Fred Child. The orchestra are joined by clarinettist Mark Simpson for John Adams' Gnarly Buttons, and they end with a Ninth Symphony by one of the great American symphonists, Roy Harris.

Following the live concert, Penny Gore continues Afternoon on 3's week-long celebration of American music with vocal pieces by Copland, Barber and Randall Thompson. Plus piano music by Edward McDowell, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra round off the programme with an early 21st-century classic, Elliott Carter's Boston Concerto.

2pm
LIVE from Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
Ned Rorem: Eagles
John Adams: Gnarly buttons for clarinet and ensemble
David Diamond: Rounds for string orchestra
Roy Harris: Symphony No 9
Mark Simpson (clarinet),
BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Eric Stern (conductor).

3.30pm
Copland: The Lark
Edward Price (baritone),
BBC Singers,
Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

Barber: Andromache's farewell
Mary Plazas (soprano),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
David Parry (conductor).

3.45pm
Edward MacDowell: Fireside Tales, Op. 61
Richard Uttley (piano solo).

4pm
Randall Thompson: Alleluia
BBC Singers,
Andrew Griffiths (conductor).

Elliott Carter: Boston Concerto
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Oliver Knussen (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Ned Rorem

    Eagles

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Eric Stern.
  • John Adams

    Gnarly Buttons

    Performer: Mark Simpson. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Eric Stern.
  • Edward MacDowell

    Fireside Tales

    Performer: Richard Uttley.
  • Aaron Copland

    The Lark

    Singer: Edward Price. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Andrew Griffiths.
  • David Diamond

    Rounds for String Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Eric Stern.
  • Roy Harris

    Symphony No. 9

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Eric Stern.
  • Randall Thompson

    Alleluia

    Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Elliott Carter

    Boston Concerto

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • The Music of Elliott Carter Volume 7.
    • Bridge.

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