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Ken Bruce

Ken Bruce
150mins
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Music by Jimmy Reed and Aretha Franklin feature in today's Tracks of My Years selection, as chosen by musician...

Sunday Feature

Sunday Feature: Cecil Sharp's Appalachian Trail
45mins
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100 years ago, in the spring of 1916, English folk song collector Cecil Sharp set out on a voyage to America,...

Summer Before the Dark

Summer Before the Dark
15mins
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By Volker Weidermann, abridged by Katrin Williams. In the summer of 1936, author Stefan Zweig is in Ostend,...

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Special Deliveries

How Lovely on the Mountain
15mins
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New series. How Lovely on the Mountain, by Lucy Gannon. A curiously behaving dog leads a postman to make a...

Herland

Herland
30mins
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Writer Geoff Ryman discusses gender in science fiction, taking as a starting point Charlotte Perkins Gilman's...

Radio 3 in Concert

Vladimir Jurowski, LPO; Schnittke, Shostakovich, Bruckner
150mins
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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO in Bruckner's Third Symphony. Natalia Gutman joins them in Shostakovich's...

The Good Goering

The Good Goering
28mins
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Gavin Esler investigates the story of Hermann Goering's lesser known brother Albert, who claimed he saved the...

Crafty Orchids

Crafty Orchids
28mins
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Jim Endersby offers a new scientific history of the allure of the orchid, asking how they became the world's...

The Essay

The Essay: Other People (Hell Is...): Strangers
15mins
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Novelist, dramatist and broadcaster AL Kennedy muses on her preference for solitude and inability to deal with...

Words and Music

Perchance to Dream
75mins
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Freud argued that dreams could be interpreted, and for many literary characters, such as Winston in 1984 and...

Opera on 3: Live from the Met

Opera on 3 from the Met: Wagner's Tannhäuser
240mins
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Mary-Jo Heath and Ira Siff present a recorded broadcast from the New York Met, as James Levine conducts the...

Friday Night Is Music Night

Musicals at the Chichester Festival Theatre
117mins
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Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a live performance celebrating 30 years of musical...

Radio 3 in Concert

The CBSO, with their Children's and Youth Choruses, Perform Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music
150mins
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Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the CBSO, with their Children's and Youth Choruses in Judith Weir's Storm...

Radio 1's Future Festival

Radio 1's Future Festival
120mins
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Annie Mac and Huw Stephens host a gig with some of the newest and most exciting artists they are tipping for big...

The Outrun

Washed Up and Back Home
15mins
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By Amy Liptrot, abridged by Sara Davies. Tracey Wiles reads from the author's memoir about recovering from...

The Essay

The Essay: Secret Admirers: Fiona Talkington on Joseph Canteloube
15mins
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The first of five editions in which Radio 3 presenters celebrate composers they secretly admire, with Fiona...

Opera on 3: Live from the Met

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers
240mins
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Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in the first production of...

Radio 3 in Concert

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Butterworth, Clyne, Elgar
150mins
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Live from London's Barbican, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's 2nd Symphony & the UK...

Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday Night Is Music Night
117mins
BBC iPlayer

Mike Dixon conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a celebration of Guinness World Records, including music by...

Radio 3 in Concert

BBC SSO
150mins
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Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO perform The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto and a rarely heard...

The Jazz Ambassadors of the Cold War

The Jazz Ambassadors of the Cold War
30mins
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Julian Joseph examines how the US government organised international tours by jazz musicians for propaganda,...

The Essay

The Essay: Listener, They Wore It
15mins
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Five writers recall clothes and accessories that resonate vividly in works of art, beginning with art historian...