Broadcast highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 15 to 21 February 2010




Performance on 3
Wednesday 17 February, 7pm

Tenor Mark Padmore, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and the Britten Sinfonia make up American composer Nico Muhly’s team for a new work composed as part of his residence with the Cambridge ensemble. Muhly unveils Let the Night Perish in a programme including Britten’s Les illuminations and music by Purcell, Reich and Adams.

Performance on 3
Thursday 18 February, 7pm

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená and pianist András Schiff head to Russia and Bohemia in the latest instalment of Schiff’s Songs – With and Without Words series, performing music by Bartók, Dvorák, Janácek and Musorgsky. Performance on 3 concludes with BBC Music Magazine 2010 Award-nominated violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cedric Tiberghien playing Beethoven Violin Sonatas at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Opera on 3
Saturday 20 February, 6pm

Live from the New York Met comes Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, starring Swedish soprano Nina Stemme as Ariadne. Tenor Lance Ryan sings Bacchus, Sarah Connolly is the Composer, and Kathleen Kim takes on the role of Zerbinetta. Kirill Petrenko conducts.


Itzhak Perlman & Pinchas Zukerman
Monday 15 February, 7pm

This archive programme, directed by Christopher Nupen, follows Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman’s European tour of 1976 and features footage from rehearsals, performances and backstage.

Tchaikovsky’s Women
Friday 19 February, 7.30pm


BBC Four’s Friday evening run of Christopher Nupen films continues with Tchaikovsky’s Women. Nupen finds out how the Russian composer’s greatest music was inspired by the fate of several heroines, and explores how Tchaikovsky’s fascination with the character of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin led to his catastrophic marriage to Antonia Milyukova.