Broadcast highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes from 26 October-1 November

Published: October 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Radio highlights


Performance on 3
Wednesday 28 October, 7pm

For his 80th birthday, conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi joins the Philharmonia orchestra for a concert of Mendelssohn and Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall. Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture kicks things off, and pianist Yefim Bronfman then stars as the soloist in Brahms's Second Piano Concerto. Brahms's Third Symphony rounds off the birthday programme.

Hidden Composers
Saturday 31 October, 12.15pm

Lowri Blake explores the revival of the music of Louise Heritte-Viardot and Mel Bonis, French women composers who fought against the prejudice and pressures of their time to write their music. Both lived at the turn of the 20th century, and after their deaths their music was either lost or ignored. Blake talks to those who are bringing the wealth of their music back into the public domain, and to writer on music Richard Langham-Smith, for whom this was a rewarding voyage of discovery.

Baroque and Roll: Townshend on Purcell
Tuesday 27 October, 1.30pm

The Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend talks about the band's career and reveals the influence on his songwriting of the British composer Henry Purcell. When Townshend was a struggling 20-year-old musician his manager Kit Lambert recommended he listen to Purcell's Gordian Knot. Immersing himself in Purcell's music, he soon set about writing The Who's first album. In this programme Townshend reveals how there's always been a Purcellian presence throughout his creative life.

TV highlights

Prom 22: A celebration of classic MGM film musicals
Friday 30 October, 7.30pm

Live from the Royal Albert Hall Clive Anderson introduces a Prom celebrating 75 years of classic MGM film musicals. The programme includes songs from The Wizard of Oz, Gigi and Singing in the Rain, performed by conductor John Wilson and his hand-picked orchestra with singers from the classical and musical theatre worlds.

1959: The year that changed jazz
Friday 30 October, 1am

With Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck's Time Out, Charles Mingus's Ah Um and Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come all made in 1959, the year was something of a landmark for jazz. In this exploration of 1959 and the following years, rarely seen archive performances help bring the era to life. Plus the programme includes interviews with top performers of the time, including Lou Reed, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden and Herbie Hancock.


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