Afternoon on 3
Monday 19-Wednesday 21 October, 2-5pm
From Monday to Wednesday this week the cello takes centre stage in Afternoon on 3. Tune in to hear cellist Ani Aznavoorian with the Ulster Orchestra under Adrian Leaper for Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor on Monday 19 October, while you can hear Pieter Wispelwey take on Elgar’s famous Cello Concerto the following afternoon. Lalo’s Concerto in D minor completes the concerto trio, performed by Emmanuelle Bertrand with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under conductor Grant Llewellyn.
Saturday 24 October, 12.15pm
Tom Service visits Cardiff, where Cape Town Opera, South Africa’s only repertory opera company, is making its UK debut with a performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Plus there’s a look back at the life of Erik Chisholm, one of Scotland’s most influential musicians, who helped establish opera in South Africa, and South-African born composer Keith Volans talks about his relationship with his home country now, and his latest work.
The Sound of Magnolias
Tuesday 20 October, 1.30pm
Writer Irma Kurtz travels to Paris and Madrid to investigate the period just before the war when blind Spanish composer Rodrigo composed his famous Concerto de Aranjuez. She goes to the gardens of Aranjuez with his only daughter, Cecelia, and talks to guitarist Pepe Romero about the music’s lasting impact.
Leeds International Piano Competition
Friday 23 October, 7.30pm
Every three years since 1963, Leeds plays host to the cream of young international concert pianists who travel there to take part in the city’s International Piano Competition. Past winners have included musical greats such as Rada Lupu and Murray Perahia. Huw Edwards introduces the final competitor, Sofya Gulyak from Russia, who performs Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1.
Simon Callow’s Classical Destinations
Monday 19 October, 6.30pm
Simon Callow embarks on a journey exploring the places where composers lived, and finding out what inspired their music. In this episode, Callow looks at Handel’s time in London and Halle, Germany.