Something for the weekend!
What they've said…
'It takes a woman to really investigate the castrato voice – it's something that men seem to be uncomfortable talking about.'
Cecilia Bartoli reflects on research she undertook for her latest recording project
Questionable CD covers
Found on our CD shelves this week: cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper seems to be all at sea
On this day…
… in 1893, the French composer Lili Boulanger was born in Paris. Sister of the influential teacher, conductor and composer Nadia Boulanger, Lili was a talented composer in her own right and in 1913 became the first woman to win the coveted Prix de Rome at the Paris Conservatoire. But her life was plagued with illness, and chronic intestinal tuberculosis killed her at the age of 25.
Daniel Barenboim brings the acclaimed West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the Proms for two nights only, and you can hear their concerts on Radio 3. Catch them performing Liszt, Wagner and Berlioz tonight. Plus in the following late-night Prom several members of the orchestra will be performing Mendelssohn's youthful masterpiece, the Octet, and Berg's Chamber Concerto. And tomorrow there's a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, with a cast including mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier and bass John Tomlinson.
The station is alive…