Broadcast Highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 27 November-6 December

Published: November 29, 2009 at 8:45 am

Radio highlights


British Composer Awards
Wednesday 2 December, 7pm

Martin Handley presents highlights of the British Composer Awards from the Law Society in London. The shortlist of nominees includes leading composers Harrison Birtwistle, John Tavener, Jonathan Harvey and Alexander Goehr. The categories range from chamber to liturgical music and this year, for the first time, there is an award for contemporary jazz composition.

Performance on 3
Friday 4 December, 7pm

Enter into the fairy tale world of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, in this performance of the ballet suite by the BBC Philharmonic and its chief conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Dallapiccola's Marsia, a ballet about the mythological dance contest between Apollo and Marsyas, begins the evening.

Tales from the Stave
Tuesday 1 December, 1.30pm

The score for Bach's B Minor Mass is one of the most valuable in the world, so fragile that few are allowed to see it. In this programme Frances Fyfield is joined by choral conductor Simon Halsey and Bach soprano Deborah York for a trip to the Berlin Library where the score is kept.

TV highlights

Marguerite and Armand
Monday 30 November, 10.25pm

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev star in a television performance of Sir Frederick Ashton's ballet Marguerite and Armand, which was inspired by Dumas's tragic love story La dame aux camelias. Set to Liszt's B minor Piano Sonata, the ballet was designed by Sir Cecil Beaton.

Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
Friday 4 December, 8pm


Performed by the Royal Ballet, this celebrated filmed version of Prokofiev's ballet features choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, beautiful costumes and sets, and outstanding performances by Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn as the star-crossed lovers.

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