Broadcast highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes from 24 to 28 February 2010


Radio highlights


Composer of the Week
Monday 22 to Friday 26 February 2010

Donald Macleod takes a look at the tempestuous last five years of Leos Janáček’s life this week. While his personal life took on a catastrophic quality – after the married 70-year-old composer fell violently in love with a woman nearly four decades his junior – his compositional life flourished with both the Sinfonietta and Glagolitic Mass dating from this period.

Performance on 3
Friday 26 February, 7pm

The Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vänskä, is joined by the first American to win Poland’s International Chopin Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson. In the year of Chopin’s 200th anniversary, Ohlsson will be performing the Polish composer’s Second Piano Concerto. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge complete the programme.

Opera on 3
Saturday 27 February, 6pm

Live from the Met, New York comes Puccini’s tale of love and tragedy, La bohème. Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Piotr Beczala play the love-struck duo in Franco Zeffirelli’s production, conducted by Marco Armiliato.

TV highlights

We Want the Light
Tuesday 23 February, 7pm

Christopher Nupen’s award-winning documentary explores the complex relationship between Jews and German music, from Mendelssohn and Wagner in the 19th century to music in concentration camps during the Second World War.

Tchaikovksy’s Fate
Friday 26 February, 7.30pm


The concluding film in BBC Four’s Christopher Nupen series takes a look at Tchaikovsky’s obsession with fate, looking at the composition of Manfred and the last three symphonies.