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BBC NOW in Bartok: Divertimento. Barber: Cello Concerto (with Alban Gerhardt). Plus the BBC Singers in music by Tippett and Bingham, and the BBC CO in Porter and Milhaud.

Afternoon on 3 continues its celebration of the BBC Performing Groups with some of their highlight concerts and recordings from 2014. Today's programme features the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in concert at Cheltenham Town Hall performing Bartok and Barber with cellist Alban Gerhardt. Then it's the turn of the BBC Singers, and music to celebrate their 90th birthday this year. Finally to the BBC Concert Orchestra and part of a concert they gave called Crazy Paris, including Milhaud's Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel with narrators Alistair McGowan and Kevin Eldon.

Presented by Penny Gore.

c.2.20pm
Bartok Divertimento Sz.113 for string orchestra
Barber Concerto Op.22 for cello and orchestra
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Walwa
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

c.3.15pm
Michael Tippett The Weeping Babe
Judith Bingham Unpredictable but providential
BBC Singers
Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

c.3.35pm
Porter Within the quota
Milhaud Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel
Alistair McGowan and Kevin Eldon (narration in Milhaud)
BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Lockhart (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    Divertimento for string orchestra, Sz.113

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Sondergard.
  • Samuel Barber

    Cello Concerto, Op.22

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Sondergard. Performer: Alban Gerhardt.
  • Judith Bingham

    Unpredictable but Providential

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Les Six

    Within the Quota / Les Mariés de la tour Eiffel

    Composer: Cole Porter. Conductor: Keith Lockhart. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Narrator: Kevin Eldon.
  • Michael Tippett

    The Weeping Babe

    Singer: Olivia Robinson. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Performer BBC Singers
Performer BBC Concert Orchestra

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