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BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Zemlinsky, Mendelssohn, Kate Whitley

Xian Zhang conducts the BBC NOW and Chorus. Kate Whitley: Speak Out. Mendelssohn: Concerto for piano, violin and strings. Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid).

Recorded yesterday at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang conducts her orchestra and chorus in a programme for International Women's Day. Radio 3 commissioned Kate Whitley to set the text by Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who hit the headlines when she survived a murder attempt by the Taliban in 2012. Speak Out declaims every girl's right to an education in the struggle against oppression, sung by both adult and children's voices. Latvian sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride join forces harmoniously in Mendelssohn's concerto for piano and violin, and Zemlinsky sets Hans Christian Andersen's tale of The Little Mermaid, whose beauty entrances her handsome prince with tragic consequences. Zemlinsky's music powerfully explores the adult themes of this story, written in the wake of his own betrayal in love by Alma Schindler, who left him for Gustav Mahler.

Kate Whitley: Speak out
Cor y Cwm (children's voices)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang (conductor)

Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Strings
Baiba Skride (violin)
Lauma Skride (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang (conductor)

8.20 Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to tonight's soloists, Baiba and Lauma Skride about their musical sisterhood and hears some of their latest chamber recordings of music from Nordic countries.

8.40 Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang (conductor)

Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS Foundation.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Kate Whitley

      Speak Out

      Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Xian Zhang. Featured Artist: Baiba Skride. Featured Artist: Lauma Skride. Choir: Côr y Cwm. Orchestra: BBC National Chorus of Wales.
    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra

      Performer: Baiba Skride. Performer: Lauma Skride. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Xian Zhang.
    • H H A (Mrs) Beach

      Berceuse (Three Compositions for violin and piano)

      Performer: Baiba Skride. Performer: Lauma Skride.
  • Interval

    • Carl Nielsen

      Violin Sonata No 2, Op 35

      Performer: Baiba Skride. Performer: Lauma Skride.
      • ORFEO : C 913161 A.
      • Orfeo.
      • 6.
    • Jean Sibelius

      4 Pieces, Op 78

      Performer: Baiba Skride. Performer: Lauma Skride.
      • ORFEO : C 913161 A.
      • Orfeo.
      • 7.
  • Part 2

    • Alexander von Zemlinsky

      The Little Mermaid

      Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Conductor: Xian Zhang. Featured Artist: Baiba Skride. Featured Artist: Lauma Skride. Choir: Côr y Cwm.
  • Post-concert

    • Kate Whitley

      Viola Concerto

      Performer: Shiry Rashkovsky. Orchestra: The Multi-Story Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Stark.
    • Bushra El-Turk

      Tmesis

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Chorus of Wales
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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