Composer of the Week
Monday 7 – Friday 11 September, 12noon-1pm and 10-11pm
Film composer Bernard Herrmann, the composer of music for Hitchcock’s Psycho, is Donald Macleod’s subject this week. From Herrmann’s early years in New York to his succesful time in Hollywood, Macleod explores the composer’s career and music, looking at the influence of Britain on his work, and his lengthy collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock.
Twenty Minutes: Farewell Symphony
Thursday 10 September, 8pm
Richard Briers plays Haydn in a short play by Stephen Wyatt about the last days of the composer’s life. In May 1809, as French troops take Vienna, Napoleon arranges for one of his officers to visit Joseph Haydn.
Friday 11 September, 6.30pm
Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Strauss, Webern and Brahms. Webern’s Passacaglia opens the concert, followed by Strauss’s Don Quixote, a set of ‘fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character’. Brahms’s Fourth Symphony completes the programme.
Proms on Four
Thursday 10 September, 7.30pm
Charles Hazlewood presents as the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra bring two great symphonies to the Proms with Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 and Schubert’s ‘Great’ Symphony No. 9 in C. Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
Proms on Four
Friday 11 September, 7.30pm
Charles Hazlewood introduces the annual Proms performance of Beethoven’s 9th, his life-affirming choral symphony, recorded earlier in the season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, soloists Rebecca Evans, Caitlin Hulcup, Anthony Dean Griffey and James Rutherford, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus conducted by Ilan Volkov. Stravinsky’s ballet music Orpheus opens the programme.