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Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and a Musical Zoo

Simon Hofele performs an arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue, bass-baritone Ashley Riches sings Vernon Duke's 'Ogden Nash's Musical Zoo' and guitarist Thibaut Garcia plays Piazzolla.

New Generation Artists: Rhapsody in Blue from demon trumpeter, Simon Höfele, an American musical zoo from bass Ashley Riches and guitarist Thibaut Garcia plays Piazzolla.
Kate Molleson continues her eight-part early evening series celebrating the prodigious talents of Radio 3's current New Generation Artists with this fun-packed programme which takes us from New York to South America.

Gershwin arr.Timofei Dokshitser Rhapsody in Blue
Simon Höfele (trumpet), Frank Dupree (piano)

Vernon Duke Ogden Nash's Musical Zoo
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone), Joseph Middleton (piano)

Tchaikovsky Méditation from Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42
Aleksey Semenenko (violin), Inna Firsova (piano)

Piazzolla Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas - The Four Seasons arr. for guitar
Thibaut Garcia (guitar)

Copland I bought me a cat
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone), Joseph Middleton (piano)

Established nearly two decades ago, Radio 3's New Generation Artist Scheme is internationally acknowledged as the foremost scheme of its kind. It exists to offer a platform for artists at the beginning of their international careers. Each year six musicians join the scheme for two years, during which time they appear at the UK's major music festivals, enjoy dates with the BBC orchestras and have the opportunity to record in the BBC Studios. The artists are also encouraged to form artistic partnerships with one another and to explore a wide range of repertoire, not least the work of contemporary and women composers. In recent years Radio 3's New Generation Artists have appeared in festivals or concerts in Aldeburgh, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Buxton, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hay-on-Wye, Orkney, Ryedale, Southampton and Stratford-upon-Avon as well as at the BBC Proms. Typically, the artists selected will have been prize winners at major international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Liszt or Ferrier but the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme is not itself a prize, rather it offers a a unique two year platform on which artists can develop their prodigious talents. Not surprisingly, the list of alumni reads like a Who's Who of the most exciting musicians of the past two decades. In this series, we can catch those artists near the beginnings of their journeys.

59 minutes

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Performer: Simon Höfele. Performer: Frank Dupree.
  • Aaron Copland

    Ogden Nash's Musical Zoo

    Performer: Ashley Riches. Performer: Joseph Middleton.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Méditation from 'Souvenir d'un lieu cher'

    Performer: Aleksey Semenenko. Performer: Inna Firsova.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Las Cuatro estaciones portenas

    Performer: Thibaut Garcia.
  • Aaron Copland

    I bought me a cat

    Performer: Ashley Riches. Performer: Joseph Middleton.


Find out more about the New Generation Artists scheme

Find out more about the New Generation Artists scheme

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