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Tuesday - BBC National Orchestra of Wales' 90th anniversary celebrations

Kate Molleson introduces a week of Afternoon Concerts marking the 90th birthday of the BBC NOW and explores its music-making partnerships with key conductors.

From the band's beginnings as the Western Studio Orchestra in the Assembly Rooms Cardiff's City Hall, through the orchestra's adventurous tour in what was, then, East Germany, to its enduring three decade-long partnership with Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka, Kate Molleson celebrates the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' 90th Anniversary with a week of Afternoon Concerts that explore the orchestra's role in Welsh musical life and beyond. Kate continues her journey through the orchestra's history with a concert performed shortly after the opening of its new home at St David's Hall in Cardiff, and we hear a recording of Elgar's first symphony from the Schauspielhaus in Berlin - part of Conductor Laurate Tadaaki Otaka's relationship with the composer that would see him awarded the Elgar Medal.

Jean Sibelius - Finlandia Op.26
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op.18
Hoddinott - Welsh Dances - Suite no. 1 Op. 15
Elgar - Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op. 36

Shura Cherkassky (piano)
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor)

c. 3.15pm

Elgar - Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Op. 55
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius

    Finlandia, Op 26

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18

    Performer: Shura Cherkassky. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes.
  • Alun Hoddinott

    Welsh Dances Suite No 1, Op 15

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an original theme, Op 36 (Enigma)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture to William Tell (Excerpt)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Xian Zhang.

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