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703: BBC Radio 3

Fri Feb 03
Afternoon Concert

Today 14:00 - 16:30

Arnold Schoenberg's romantic take on the Pelleas and Melisande story, with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, plus more from Los Temperamentos.

The Listening Service

Today 16:30 - 17:00

Tom Service sets out to understand how the often overlooked viola can unlock music's secret fire.

In Tune

Today 17:00 - 19:00

Violin prodigy Leia Zhu talks to Katie Derham and performs live, before we are joined by conductor and musician Tom Cohen, director of the Jerusalem Orchestra East & West.

Classical Mixtape

Today 19:00 - 19:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites mixed with jazz, folk and music from around the world.

Radio 3 in Concert

Today 19:30 - 22:00

Leslie Suganandarajah conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a programme of favourites by Mozart, Beethoven and Saint-Säens.

The Verb

Today 22:00 - 22:45

Ian McMillan is joined by poet Don Paterson and author Sally Bayley to explore how we remember childhood and youth, and what happens when we write about it.

The Essay: Art from the Outside

Today 22:45 - 23:00

Perhaps above all, the artistic quality we prize most is imagination. Psychologist Professor Victoria Tischler explores the enigmatic work of ceramicist Shinichi Sawada.

Late Junction

Today 23:00 - 01:00

Engineer and producer Marta Salogni joins Verity Sharp to unpick the art of mixing and producing. Plus Irish folk, swan necks and circling drones.

Sat Feb 04
Composed with Emeli Sandé

Tomorrow 01:00 - 02:00

Emeli Sandé explores music to invigorate the mind and inspire creativity. The selection covers classical, pop and more, with Billie Eilish, Nils Frahm and Anoushka Shankar.

Piano Flow with Tokio Myers

Tomorrow 02:00 - 03:00

Tokio Myers covers love and heartbreak with a playlist of romantic piano pieces. Featuring music from Alexander Scriabin, Alicia Keys and Stephen Moccio.

Through the Night

Tomorrow 03:00 - 07:00

Kerson Leong, Marc-Andre Hamelin and friends perform chamber works by Glazunov and Brahms. Presented by John Shea.

Breakfast

Tomorrow 07:00 - 09:00

Shari Vahl with a Breakfast melange of classical music, folk and found sounds. Start your weekend right.

Record Review

Tomorrow 09:00 - 11:45

Nicholas Kenyon's recommendation for Purcell's most ambitious stage work, The Fairy Queen, plus the best of this week's new releases with organist and conductor Anna Lapwood.

Music Matters

Tomorrow 11:45 - 12:30

The latest news and features from the classical music world.

This Classical Life

Tomorrow 12:30 - 13:00

Jess Gillam swaps favourite music with singer, rock sitarist and composer Bishi, including a Shankar and Glass collaboration, Holst in space and Cosmo Sheldrake's cuckoos.

Inside Music

Tomorrow 13:00 - 15:00

Claire Wickes reveals familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light, including music for the Estonian kannel and a few favourite moments from operas.

Sound of Gaming

Tomorrow 15:00 - 16:00

Louise Blain focuses on VR - Virtual Reality - in gaming through the music these types of game have inspired and is joined by Jason Graves, the composer of Lone Echo and Moss.

Music Planet

Tomorrow 16:00 - 17:00

Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session from award-winning Indian sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar.

J to Z

Tomorrow 17:00 - 18:30

US piano virtuoso James Francies shares some of the music that inspires him, plus concert highlights from saxophonist Emma Rawicz.

Opera on 3: Mozart's Così fan...

Tomorrow 18:30 - 22:00

...tutte. From Bavarian State Opera, a comedy of manners that plumbs the depths of human emotion, starring Louise Alder, Sandrine Piau, Christian Gerhaher and Konstantin Krimmel.

New Music Show

Tomorrow 22:00 - 00:00

Kate Molleson presents a Norwegian focus, including GÅOLOGI by Alwynne Pritchard and Eva Pfitzenmaier - a piece about walking in Bergen.

Sun Feb 05
Freeness

Sunday 00:00 - 01:00

Corey Mwamba presents new music from pianists inspired by poetry, games and studies in human perception.

Through the Night

Sunday 01:00 - 07:00

The Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and conductor Heinz Holliger perform Schubert symphonies and Bartók's First Violin Concerto with soloist Sebastian Bohren. John Shea presents.

Breakfast

Sunday 07:00 - 09:00

Martin Handley presents Breakfast, including a Sounds of the Earth slow radio soundscape.

Sunday Morning

Sunday 09:00 - 12:00

Sarah Walker chooses three hours of attractive and uplifting music to complement your morning, whether you're going for a walk or doing some gardening.

Private Passions

Sunday 12:00 - 13:00

Michael Berkeley's guest is textile designer Kaffe Fassett. With The Beatles, Arvo Pärt, and West Side Story.

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Sunday 13:00 - 14:00

Live from Wigmore Hall, mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre sings Baroque rarities in a programme taken from her multi-awarding-winning 2021 album Amazone.

The Early Music Show

Sunday 14:00 - 15:00

Lucie Skeaping on the life and career of the famous 18th-century castrato Caffarelli, for whom many composers created roles, including Handel, Porpora and Hasse.

Choral Evensong

Sunday 15:00 - 16:00

From the Chapel of Pembroke College, Cambridge, to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren.

Jazz Record Requests

Sunday 16:00 - 17:00

Alyn Shipton presents jazz records of all styles as requested by you, including music by Norma Winstone, Jo Lawry and Sidney Bechet.

The Listening Service

Sunday 17:00 - 17:30

Tom Service dissects Camille Saint-Saëns's Third Symphony, his 'Organ Symphony', famously featured in the Disney film Babe. With organist Anna Lapwood.

Words and Music

Sunday 17:30 - 18:45

Audre Lorde described herself as 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet'. Her words are set alongside recordings by Chineke!, the Kanneh-Masons, Sarah Vaughan and Miriam Makeba.

Sunday Feature: Metal City

Sunday 18:45 - 19:30

How has metalworking affected the culture of Birmingham? Gregory Leadbetter's poem traces this story from the discovery of ore in the dark ages to the birth of heavy metal music.

Drama on 3: The Get

Sunday 19:30 - 21:00

By Josh Azouz, a new play about a marriage break up, with Paul Chahidi and Dorothea Myer Bennett. Contains strong language.

Record Review Extra

Sunday 21:00 - 23:00

Hannah French presents more from the freshest recordings in classical music, including the recommended version of the Building a Library work, Purcell's opera The Fairy Queen.

Richard Egarr on the Machine...

Sunday 23:00 - 00:00

...That Goes Ping!. Richard Egarr traces the development of the harpsichord from instruments plucked by the hand, to the psaltery and the virginal, charting its unstoppable rise in popularity.

Mon Feb 06
Classical Fix

Monday 00:00 - 00:30

Linton Stephens makes a classical playlist for comedian Sarah Keyworth.

Through the Night

Monday 00:30 - 06:30

The London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle perform Schubert's Ninth Symphony and are joined by Leonidas Kavakos for Berg's Violin Concerto. With John Shea.

Breakfast

Monday 06:30 - 09:00

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring listener requests. Email 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Monday 09:00 - 12:00

Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, with familiar favourites alongside new discoveries and musical surprises.

Composer of the Week: Smetana

Monday 12:00 - 13:00

1/5. Young Smetana's musical talent was obvious, but would that be enough to get his life on track? Presented by Donald Macleod.

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Monday 13:00 - 14:00

Live from Wigmore Hall, baritone Konstantin Krimmel sings Schumann's Liederkreis, Op 39, songs by Brahms and a set of Romanian songs by Brahms's friend, Eusebius Mandyczewski.

Afternoon Concert

Monday 14:00 - 16:30

Penny Gore introduces a performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3, plus medieval music from Ensemble Celadon and pieces by Holst, Messiaen, Haydn, Schütz and Scriabin.

New Generation Artists

Monday 16:30 - 17:00

Chamber music from Radio 3's New Generation Artists: Helen Charlston sings Schubert, and Elisabeth Brauss plays Mozart's charming set of variations on a French nursery song.

In Tune

Monday 17:00 - 19:00

Sean Rafferty is joined in the studio for live music and chat with the Boston-based Balourdet Quartet ahead of their concerts at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and Wigmore Hall, London.

Classical Mixtape

Monday 19:00 - 19:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites mixed with jazz, folk and music from around the world.

Radio 3 in Concert

Monday 19:30 - 22:00

Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Schubert's Symphony No 6 in C and Franz Berwald's Symphony No 2 in D. 'Capricieuse'.

Music Matters

Monday 22:00 - 22:45

The latest news and features from the classical music world.

The Essay: Stories to Keep...

Monday 22:45 - 23:00

...Space for on the Bookshelves. Sarah Dillon tells us about the nuclear short story by atomic energy adviser Philip Wylie.

Night Tracks

Monday 23:00 - 00:30

Hannah Peel presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

Tue Feb 07
Through the Night

Tuesday 00:30 - 06:30

James Ehnes plays Britten's Violin Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic, conducted by Juanjo Mena. John Shea presents.

Breakfast

Tuesday 06:30 - 09:00

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring listener requests. Email 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00

Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, with discoveries and surprises rubbing shoulders with familiar favourites.

Composer of the Week: Smetana

Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00

2/5. Smetana decides to abandon his woes, his family and his homeland. What can he be thinking? Presented by Donald Macleod.

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00

The Mithras Trio perform Haydn and viola player Eivind Ringstad joins them for Fauré's First Piano Quartet at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2021. Presented by John Toal.

Afternoon Concert

Tuesday 14:00 - 17:00

Penny Gore introduces a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto by Janine Jansen plus Medieval music from Ensemble Celadon and pieces by Foulds, Bellini, Schein & Rachmaninov.

In Tune

Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00

Klezmer ensemble She'Koyokh join Sean Rafferty in the studio to perform live ahead of their concert at Wigmore Hall, London.

Classical Mixtape

Tuesday 19:00 - 19:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites mixed with jazz, folk and music from around the world.

Radio 3 in Concert

Tuesday 19:30 - 22:00

Kirill Karabits conducts the world premiere of Terricone by Ukrainian composer Anna Korsun alongside Glière's Horn Concerto, with Felix Klieser, and Scriabin's Symphony No 2.

Free Thinking

Tuesday 22:00 - 22:45

A National Poetry Library exhibition, exploring fashion and poetry, includes a fabric adaptation of a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks. Shahihda Bari and guests look at her writing.

The Essay: Stories to Keep...

Tuesday 22:45 - 23:00

...Space for on the Bookshelves. Xine Yao reads the first novel by African American writer Frances EW Harper (1825-1911).

Night Tracks

Tuesday 23:00 - 00:30

Hannah Peel presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

Wed Feb 08
Through the Night

Wednesday 00:30 - 06:30

Mattutino de' Morti brings five soloists, choir and orchestra together in a glorious work by Davide Perez, conducted by Giulio Prandi. John Shea presents.

Breakfast

Wednesday 06:30 - 09:00

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring listener requests. Email 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00

Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, with familiar favourites, new discoveries and the occasional musical surprise.

Composer of the Week: Smetana

Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00

3/5. Smetana plans his conquest of Prague's new opera theatre. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00

The Mithras Trio perform Mendelssohn and viola player Eivind Ringstad plays Clara Schumann and Beethoven at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2021. Presented by John Toal.

Afternoon Concert

Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00

Penny Gore introduces Schoenberg's arrangement of Brahms's Piano Quartet No 1, with soloist Kirill Gerstein, medieval music from Ensemble Celadon and pieces by Gipps and Schubert.

Choral Evensong

Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00

Live from the Chapel of New College, Oxford, with music by Weelkes and Byrd to mark the 400th anniversary of their deaths.

In Tune

Wednesday 17:00 - 19:00

Sean Rafferty is joined by the James McVinnie Ensemble and soprano Fatma Said with pianist Harry Baker.

Classical Mixtape

Wednesday 19:00 - 19:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites mixed with jazz, folk and music from around the world.

Radio 3 in Concert

Wednesday 19:30 - 22:00

Alpesh Chauhan conducts the Halle Orchestra in Grieg's Piano Concerto, with soloist Elizabeth Brauss, and Shostakovich's tumultuous Tenth Symphony.

Free Thinking

Wednesday 22:00 - 22:45

Playwright Zinnie Harris, author Isabelle Schuyler and New Generation Thinker Emma Whipday have explored characters in Shakespeare's Scottish play. Chris Harding hosts.

The Essay: Stories to Keep...

Wednesday 22:45 - 23:00

...Space for on the Bookshelves. Sarah Jilani reads Latife Tekin's magical realist novel about 1960s Istanbul shanty towns.

Night Tracks

Wednesday 23:00 - 00:30

Hannah Peel presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

Thu Feb 09
Through the Night

Thursday 00:30 - 06:30

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein joins the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conductor Andrew Gourlay in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. John Shea presents.

Breakfast

Thursday 06:30 - 09:00

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring listener requests. Email 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Thursday 09:00 - 12:00

Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, featuring new discoveries, some musical surprises and plenty of familiar favourites.

Composer of the Week: Smetana

Thursday 12:00 - 13:00

4/5. Smetana's campaign to save his prestigious conducting job is unexpectedly derailed. With Donald Macleod.

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Thursday 13:00 - 14:00

The Mithras Trio perform Shostakovich and Boulanger and viola player Eivind Ringstad plays Martinu at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2021. Presented by John Toal.

Afternoon Concert

Thursday 14:00 - 17:00

Penny Gore introduces a performance of Mahler's First Symphony, plus medieval music from Ensemble Celadon and works by Schütz, Berwald, Zemlinsky, Gershwin, Clyne and Samuel.

In Tune

Thursday 17:00 - 19:00

Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.

Classical Mixtape

Thursday 19:00 - 19:30

The specially curated Classical Mixtape - including a contrast in seasons, from Gershwin's 'Summertime', to Geoff Lawson's arrangement of 'For Now I am Winter'.

Radio 3 in Concert

Thursday 19:30 - 22:00

Sir Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Ninth Symphony.

Free Thinking

Thursday 22:00 - 22:45

Matthew Sweet and Lisa Mullen discuss depictions of donkeys, from beasts of burden to asses, from classic literature to Shrek and Eeyore.

The Essay: Stories to Keep...

Thursday 22:45 - 23:00

...Space for on the Bookshelves. Clare Walker Gore revisits Charlotte M Yonge's first, best-selling novel from 1853.

The Night Tracks Mix

Thursday 23:00 - 23:30

Hannah Peel with a magical sonic journey for late-night listening. Subscribe to receive your weekly mix on BBC Sounds.

Unclassified

Thursday 23:30 - 00:30

Elizabeth Alker selects new sounds from the latest ambient and experimental releases, and Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite is in the Listening Chair.

Fri Feb 10
Through the Night

Friday 00:30 - 06:30

Violinist Johan Dahlene and pianist Julien Quentin play Ravel and Prokofiev at Music in the Garden, an outdoor festival in the Botanical Garden of Uppsala University.

Breakfast

Friday 06:30 - 09:00

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring listener requests and the Friday poem. Email 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Friday 09:00 - 12:00

Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, with familiar favourites alongside new discoveries and musical surprises.

Composer of the Week: Smetana

Friday 12:00 - 13:00

Forced to withdraw from public life, Smetana worries about his future and his legacy. With Donald Macleod.

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Friday 13:00 - 14:00

The Mithras Trio and viola player Eivind Ringstad perform Bridge and Brahms at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2021. Presented by John Toal.

Afternoon Concert

Friday 14:00 - 16:30

Penny Gore introduces a performance of Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony, plus medieval music from Ensemble Celadon and pieces by Beethoven, Auric, Piazzolla, Razaz and Kendall.

The Listening Service

Friday 16:30 - 17:00

Tom Service dissects Camille Saint-Saëns's Third Symphony, his 'Organ Symphony', famously featured in the Disney film Babe. With organist Anna Lapwood.

In Tune

Friday 17:00 - 19:00

Sean Rafferty is joined for live performances and chat by the cast and creatives behind new folk musical A Mother's Song ahead of its run at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.

Classical Mixtape

Friday 19:00 - 19:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites mixed with jazz, folk and music from around the world.

Radio 3 in Concert

Friday 19:30 - 22:00

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists in Szymanowski's Song of the Night, Bacewicz's Fourth Symphony and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.

The Verb

Friday 22:00 - 22:45

Luke Wright's guests are Helen Mort, Kate Fox, Anita Sethi and Martin Rowson.

The Essay: Stories to Keep...

Friday 22:45 - 23:00

...Space for on the Bookshelves. Tom Smith reads Olivia Wenzel's novel, which was longlisted for 2020's German Book Prize.

Late Junction

Friday 23:00 - 01:00

After a long-overdue cataloguing of her record shelves, Jennifer Lucy Allan shares a selection of rediscovered treasures and new additions, from Throbbing Gristle to Judy Collins.