BBC NOW and Chorus - Honegger, Rachmaninov, Faure
The BBC NOW and Chorus under Thierry Fischer. Honegger: Symphony No 3. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (Yevgeny Sudbin: piano). Faure: Requiem.
Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff
Thierry Fischer conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in Fauré's Requiem. Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin is the soloist in Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
Honegger: Symphony no. 3 (Liturgique)
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
8.30 Interval: more music from Yevgeny Sudbin, and from La Madeleine, Paris - where Fauré's Requiem was first performed.
Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal
Thierry Fischer (conductor)
Followed at approx 9.40pm by CPE Bach and his keyboard sonatas
In his tercentenary year a chance to explore Emanuel Bach's revelatory keyboard music in performances on the clavichord, harpsichord, tangent and fortepianos as well as the modern concert grand piano.
The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales are joined by soloists Elin Manahan Thomas and Roderick Williams to perform one of the most cherished choral masterpieces: Fauré's Requiem. The serenity of Fauré's music is contrasted in the first half with the apocalyptic vision of Honegger's 3rd Symphony and Rachmaninov's brilliant tribute to the spirit of the demon fiddler, Paganini.
The orchestra's former Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer brings the music of his Swiss compatriot Arthur Honegger, whose 'Liturgique' symphony was written immediately after the Second World War and, after an aggressive opening movement, culminates in a desire for peace. Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin is the soloist in Rachmaninov's reworking of Paganini's most well-known theme.