Saturday afternoon concert of orchestral music (including choral orchestral items), from Baroque to contemporary, featuring a major work each week.


30th May

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  • Shostakovich, Dmitri: Concerto No.1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet & Strings, Op.35. Marc-Andre Hamelin, pno., Mark O'Keeffe, tpt. BBC Scottish SO/Andrew Litton.
  • Prokofiev, Sergei: Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63. Maxim Vengerov, vln. London SO/Mstislav Rostropovitch.
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: The Queen of Spades: Vy tak pichal'ny, daragaja. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar. Rotterdam PO/Valery Gergiev.
  • Rachmaninov, Sergei: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27. Tasmanian SO/Patrick Thomas.

  • 23rd May

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  • Menotti, Gian Carlo: Overture - Amelia al ballo. Columbia SO/Thomas Schippers.
  • Chadwick, George Whitefield: Symphonic Sketches in A. Detroit SO/Neeme Jarvi.
  • Barber, Samuel: Violin Concerto in G, Op.14. Joshua Bell, vln. Baltimore SO/David Zinman.
  • Hanson, Howard: Symphony No.2, Op.30, 'Romantic'. Seattle SO/Gerard Schwarz.
  • Gershwin, George: Porgy and Bess (Highlights). Barbara Hendricks, sop., Leona Mitchell, sop., Willard White, bass Cleveland Orch, Cleveland Orch Chorus/Lorin Maazel.

  • 16th May

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  • Smetana, Bedrich: The kiss, overture. Czech State PO/Robert Stankovsky.
  • Suk, Josef: Fairy Tale, Op.16. Czech Philharmonic/Jiri Belohlavek
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33, B63. Sviatoslav Richter, pno. Bavarian State Orch/Carlos Kleiber.
  • Martinu, Bohuslav: Symphony No.3. BBC Symphony Orch/Jiri Belohlavek

  • 9th May

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  • Wagner R: Tannhauser, Overture. London SO/Barry Tuckwell.
  • Brahms, Johannes: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op.90. Berlin PO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Brahms, Johannes: Nanie, Op.82. San Francisco SO, San Francisco Symphony Chorus/Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Introduction and Allegro Op.47. Allegri String Quartet, Sinfonia of London/Sir John Barbirolli.
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85. Beatrice Harrison, vlc. New SO/Sir Edward Elgar.

  • 2nd May

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  • A special RADIOTHON edition with guest co-persenter Ruth O'Reilly, and including highlights from Saturday Afternoon Concert programs over the past twelve months.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: 4thSymphony No. 92 in G, Hob.I:92 - Oxford. La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken.
  • Suk, Josef: ist Movt., Serenade for Strings in E flat, Op.6. Czech PO/Jiri Belohlavek.
  • Vivaldi, Antonio: Flute concerto in D, RV428, Op.10/3, Il Gardellino. Emmanuel Pahud, fte. Australian CO/Richard Tognetti.
  • Finzi, Gerald: Eclogue in F, Op.10. Peter Donohoe, pno. Northern Sinfonia/Howard Griffiths.
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Kyrie from Mass in C, Op.86. Alastair Miles, bass, Catherine Robbin, m-sop., Charlotte Margiono, sop., William Kendall, ten. Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Schumann, Robert: 1st Movet from Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97, Rhenish. Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 25th April

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  • Tubin, Eduard: Music for strings. Swedish RSO/Neeme Jarvi.
  • Shostakovich, Dmitri: Piano Concerto No.2 in F, Op.102. Dmitri Shostakovich Jr, pno. I Musici de Montreal/Maxim Shostakovich.
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No.9 in D Minor, Op.125, 'Choral'. Gwyneth Jones, sop., Hanna Schwarz, alto., Rene Kollo, ten., Kurt Moll, bass. Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orch/Leonard Bernstein.

  • 18th April

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  • Mendelssohn, Felix: The Hebrides, Fingal's Cave, Op.26, Overture. London SO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Le Gallienne, Dorian: Sinfonietta. Odyssey 32161050. Melbourne SO/John Hopkins.
  • Hill, Alfred: Violin Concerto in E minor. Alwyn Elliott, vln. Sydney SO/Joseph Post.
  • Brull: Piano Concerto No 1 in F major, op 10, Martin Roscoe, pno., BBC Scottish Symphony Orch/Martyn Brabbins
  • Schumann, Robert: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97, Rhenish. Zurich Tonhalle Orch/David Zinman.

  • 11th April

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  • Smetana, Bedrich: Bartered Bride - Overture. Minneapolis SO/Antal Dorati.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: The Wood Dove, Op.110, B198. Czech PO/Vaclav Neumann.
  • Dvorak, Antonin: Rusalka - Final scene. Renee Fleming, sop., Ben Heppner, ten., Czech Philharmonic Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Suk, Josef: Symphony in C minor, Op.27 'Asrael'. Czech Philharnonic Orch/Jukr Belohlavek

  • 4th April

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  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Clarinet Concerto in A, K622. Sabine Meyer, cl. Dresden State Orch/Hans Vonk.
  • Hindemith, Paul: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber. San Francisco SO/Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Britten: Piano Concerto in D major, Op 13. Steven Osborn, pno., BBC Scottish Symphony Orch/Ilan Volkov
  • Walton, Sir William: Variations on a Theme by Hindemith. Cleveland Orch/George Szell.


  • As well as boasting five years working for the internationally acclaimed Steinway and Sons in London, Gary has serviced pianos at The Barbican and Wigmore Halls, and the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Gary is now putting his knowledge and expertise to use closer to home from his base in Point