BBC R3 – New Weekday Schedule

BBC Radio 3

Saturday Feb 17 started the first week of the new program schedule for the BBC Radio 3 – here are my picks for the new weekday daily schedule.

First the daily schedule (Times are London)

    * 07:00 Breakfast
    * 10:00 CD Masters
    * 12:00 Composer of the Week
    * 13:00 Afternoon on 3
    * 17:00 In Tune
    * 19:00 Performance on 3
    * 20:45 Composer of the Week
    * 21:45 Night Waves
    * 22:30 Artist Focus
    * 23:00 The Essay
    * 23:15 Andy Kershaw(Mon)/Late Junction (Tue-Thu)/Jazz (Fri)
    * 01:00 Through the Night

The entire day has changed after Composer of the Week – the previous Lunchtime Concert which was a separate program in the hour prior to Afternoon on 3 has been melded into the new Afternoon on 3.  IN TUNE (with the gracious and charming Sean Rafferty) has been reduced by half hour to two hours.  Performance on 3 starts thus an half hour earler.

The new daily shows consist of Artist Focus and The Essay. This week Artist Focus’s guest is Angela Hewitt – in dicussion and performance.  Next week the scheduled guest is Maxim Vengerov.   The Essay features a salute to the centenary of WH Auden’s birth with actor Tim Piggott-Smith performing readings from four poets in Auden’s honor. 

Afternoon on 3 is showcasing rectials from the 2006 Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria in the first hour this week and then the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.   Next week is the a series of concerts at St George’s Bristol, featuring the Schubert Ensemble and the BSO Far East Tour.  Mondays is always a live concert from Wigmore Hall (the Monday Lunchtime series).

Performance on 3 is featuring the Royal Concertgebouw and then next week a highlight will be the recording from the 2006 Schubertiade in the Austrian town of Schwarzenberg by British tenor Ian Bostridge accompanied on piano by Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. They perform Schubert’s last song cycle Schwanengesang and Wolf’s intensely expressive Morike and Eichendorff Lieder.



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