Broadcast highlights

The week's best classical music programmes for 24-31 August

Published: August 24, 2009 at 11:17 am

Radio highlights


Proms 2009
Wednesday 26 August, 7.30pm

Louise Fryer presents this Prom by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the ensemble's chief conductor designate Donald Runnicles. Following a performance of John Adams's Slonimsky's Earbox, pianist Shai Wosner steps into the spotlight as the soloist in Mozart's D minor Piano Concerto. To round off the concert, the second half features Strauss's Symphonia Domestica.

CD Review
Saturday 29 August, 9pm

Andrew McGregor presents his weekly exploration of all that's new in the world of recorded music. Handel organ concertos from Richard Egarr with the Academy of Ancient Music kick things off, followed by a look at recordings of John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony and Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Plus there'll be a chance to sample Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov's recording of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas.

Train Tracks
Tuesday 25 August, 1.30pm

What makes the railway an inspiration for composers and songwriters? From Honneger's Pacific 231 to American blues tracks, the advent of the railway led to numerous train-inspired pieces. This week pianist and broadcaster Simon Townley explores how musicians have been inspired by the rhythms, sounds, themes and metaphorical uses of the train. Country and western star Laura Cantrell, music professor Alan Moore and composer Richard Rodney Bennett contribute their thoughts on this rich seam of inspiration.

TV highlights

Proms 2009
Thursday 27 August, 7.30pm

Lang Lang returns to the Proms for a performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor with the Staatskapelle Dresden, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Plus there's a chance to hear the British composer Rebecca Saunder's traces, and Richard Strauss's epic symphonic poem, the Alpine Symphony.

Proms 2009
Friday 28 August, 7.30pm


Pianist Stephen Hough continues his tour through all the Tchaikovsky concertos with the little-known Concert Fantasia in G minor. 'I knew it was a good piece but after playing it, it’s one I’d like to offer to orchestras and keep in my repertoire,' says Hough of the piece to Cellist Steven Isserlis continues the Tchaikovsky theme with the Variations on a Rococo Theme. And the BBC Symphony Orchestra, under David Robertson, perform the Russian composer's symphonic fantasy Francesca da Rimini, and Stravinsky's ballet score Agon.

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