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Eric Lu plays Chopin's Funeral March Sonata

Kate Molleson introduces five of the musicians joining Radio 3's prestigious young artist programme this year in music by Handel, Chopin and Glinka.

New Generation Artists: Kate Molleson introduces five of the musicians who are joining Radio 3's prestigious young artist programme this year.
Eric Lu, the hugely popular winner of the Leeds International Competition plays Handel and Chopin, the nineteen year old violinist Johan Dalene plays two miniatures from Scandinavia and British viola player Timothy Ridout plays Glinka. Also today, Ema Nikolovska, who is still a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, sings a haunting melody from the land of her birth and the charismatic jazz guitarist Rob Luft reveals some of his latest tracks - all recorded at the BBC's studios.

Handel: Chaconne HWV 435
Eric Lu (piano)

Stenhammer Two Sentimental Romances, Op. 28
Johan Dalene (violin), Nicola Eimer (piano)

Macdonian trad: Jovano Jovanke - Macedonian traditional song
Barber: A Green Lowland of Pianos
Medtner: Twilight
Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
Ema Nikolovska (mezzo soprano), Jonathan Ware (piano)

Glinka: Viola Sonata in d minor, G. iv3
Timothy Ridout (viola), Artur Pizarro (piano)

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Eric Lu (piano)

Rob Luft: One Day in Romentino, Synaesthesia and Snow Country
Rob Luft (electric guitar)
with Joe Wright (tenor sax), Tom McCredie (bass guitar) Corrie Dick (drums), Joe Webb (keyboards)

Each year, Radio 3 selects six or seven remarkable musicians to join the scheme for two years each. During that time they record in the BBC’s studios, perform with the BBC's orchestras and take part in some of the UK's leading music festivals. 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. Starting on New Year's Day, we hear for the first time from the exciting artists who have recently joined the scheme: the nineteen year old Swedish violinist Johan Dalene, the viola player Timothy Ridout, the Macedonian-born mezzo soprano Ema Nikolovska and the pianists Alexander Gadjiev and Eric Lu. The scheme also welcomes the jazz guitarist Rob Luft and the Consone Quartet, its first ever period instrument string quartet.
The scheme celebrates its twentieth next year with a special day of programming on Radio 3 on Saturday 01 February

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Chaconne, HWV435

    Performer: Eric Lu.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Two Sentimental Romances, Op. 28

    Performer: Johan Dalene. Performer: Nicola Eimer.
  • Trad.

    Jovana Jovanka

    Singer: Ema Nikolovska. Performer: Jonathan Ware.
    • BBC New Generation Artists recording.
  • Samuel Barber

    A Green Lowland of Pianos

    Performer: Jonathan Ware. Singer: Ema Nikolovska.
  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    Twilight

    Performer: Jonathan Ware. Singer: Ema Nikolovska.
  • Franz Schubert

    Auf dem Wasser zu singen

    Performer: Jonathan Ware. Singer: Ema Nikolovska.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Viola Sonata in d minor

    Performer: Timothy Ridout. Performer: Artur Pizarro.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35

    Performer: Eric Lu.
  • Rob Luft

    One Day in Romentino

    Performer: Rob Luft. Performer: Corrie Dick. Singer: Tom McCredie.
  • Rob Luft

    Synaesthesia

    Performer: Rob Luft. Performer: Corrie Dick. Singer: Tom McCredie.
  • Rob Luft

    Snow Country

    Performer: Rob Luft. Performer: Corrie Dick. Singer: Tom McCredie.

Broadcast

Find out more about the New Generation Artists scheme

Find out more about the New Generation Artists scheme

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