Gesualdo: Musician and Murderer
Tuesday 4 August, 1.30pm
Aled Jones examines the bizarre life and tormented music of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, who slaughtered his unfaithful wife and her paramour and then composed six books of madrigals about the joys of love.
Wednesday 5 August, 4pm
Broadcast from this year’s St Endellion Festival in Cornwall, this service is dedicated to the memory of the festival’s late music director Richard Hickox CBE. Mendelssohn’s Verleih’ uns Frieden begins the service, and his Hear my prayer features later on; other highlights include Howells’s Collegium Regale. The organist is William Whitehead, and Aidan Oliver directs the St Endellion Festival Choir and Orchestra.
Saturday 8 August, 7pm
For a burst of youthful musical vitality, make sure to tune in to the annual Prom of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Great Britain. One of the highlights of each Proms season, this year the 160-strong ensemble appears with its new principal conductor, Vasily Petrenko, who has shot to fame since taking over at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Pianist Stephen Hough stars in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular First Piano Concerto.
Thursday 6 August, 7.30pm
In a tribute to his native Italy, conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic perform Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Roma Amor, Respighi’s Pines of Rome and two Rossini arias performed by the Alaskan mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux. Suzy Klein presents.
The Full Monteverdi
Friday 7 August, 11.35pm
In this contemporary drama directed by John La Bouchardière, six couples break up during the course of a dinner in a restaurant. But there’s a musical twist. The entire evening is set to Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals.