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Into the Forest

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays music by Dvorak, and the National Orchestra of France performs Ensecu, Bartok, Janacek and Kodaly. Part of the Into the Forest season.

Presented by Kate Molleson

As we close this week's contribution to Radio 3's Into the Forest season, looking at the magical influence of the woods on music and the arts, the afternoon starts with Dvorak's The Golden Spinning-wheel, a fairy tale featuring the forest, played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under conductor Thomas Sondergard. Then we travel to France for a concert featuring excerpts from Georges Enescu's Suite No. 1, Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Evegeny Kissin as soloist, and Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen Suite - again a piece where the forest plays a significant role - finishing with Kodaly's Dances from Galatea. Lawrence Foster conducts the Orchestre National de France. The afternoon closes with Bartok's dark opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Jaap van Zweden. The bass Mikhail Petrenko is Bluebeard and the mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is Judith.

Dvorak: The Golden Spinning-wheel, Op.109

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard, conductor

2.20pm
Enescu: Suite No. 1 in C, Op. 9 – excerpts
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite
Kodaly: Dances from Galanta

Evgeny Kissin, piano
Orchestre National de France
Lawrence Foster, conductor

3.45pm
Bartok: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Bluebeard -Mikhail Petrenko, bass
Judith - Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

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Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Golden spinning-wheel [Zlaty kolovrat] Op.109

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
  • George Enescu

    Suite no. 1 in C major Op.9 for orchestra i Prelude a l'unison; ii Menuet lent

    Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto no. 2 Sz.95 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Evgeny Kissin. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
  • Leos Janáček

    The Cunning little vixen (Ent'racte music), orch. F Jilek

    Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances of Galanta [Galanta tancok] for orchestra

    Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
  • Béla Bartók

    Duke Bluebeard's castle - opera in 1 act Sz.48

    Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Conductor: Jaap van Zweden. Singer: Mikhail Petrenko. Singer: Michelle DeYoung.

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