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Wednesday - 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 this performance of Mahler made on tour at the Orchard Hall in Tokyo in May 1991. Plus we hear from Principal Conductor Mark Wigglesworth in music by Webern.

Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

c.3.15pm
Webern - Im Sommerwind - Idyll for Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor).

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka.
  • Anton Webern

    Im Sommerwind

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth.
  • Anton Webern

    Drei Kleine Stucke, Op.11

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Connie Shih.
    • The Cello in Wartime.
    • BIS.
    • 9.

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