Broadcast highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 16-22 November


Radio highlights


Lunchtime Concert
Monday 16 November, 1pm

Live from the Wigmore Hall, the Emerson Quartet performs Haydn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. Written for the Good Friday service at the cathedral in Cadiz, Southern Spain, Haydn’s set of meditations on Christ’s crucifixion was, in the composer’s opinion, one of his best works.

Performance on 3
Tuesday 17 November, 7pm

Tune in for the opening celebration of this year’s London Jazz Festival. Recorded at the Barbican, actor Denis Lawson hosts an evening dedicated to the past century of song. The London Jazz Festival Orchestra under Guy Barker performs with a number of leading vocalists including Cibelle, Kirsty Almeida, Krystle Warren, Kurt Elling, and Natalie Merchant.

The Inner World of Music
Tuesday 17 November, 1.30pm

Pianist Derek Paravicini is a musical savant. Blind from birth, with learning and developmental disabilities that require him to be given 24-hour care, Paravicini has enormous musical talent, allowing him to play almost any piece you name, in any key, and to name dozens of notes in chords within a split second. Composer Matthew King meets Paravicini, and explores how the pianist’s unique abilities have provided insights into how we make sense of music.

TV highlights

Verdi’s Don Carlo
Friday 20 November, 8pm


Antonio Pappano, artistic director of the Royal Opera, introduces Nicholas Hytner’s production of Verdi’s Don Carlo from Covent Garden. ‘In Don Carlo above all, he writes about people who, knowing of the insuperable odds stacked against them, struggle ceaselessly for love, for justice, for life,’ says Hytner. Based on Schiller’s eponymous play, the opera tells the tale of Don Carlo, Prince of Spain, after his betrothed Elizabeth of Valois is married to his father, Phillip II, as part of a peace treaty. Rolando Villazón sings the title role and Marina Poplavskaya is Elizabeth.