The best classical music on TV and radio this week

We round up the best classical music broadcasts on radio and television for this coming week

The best classical music on TV and radio this week

What: Callirhoë

When: Friday 31 August, 12.30pm-1.30am

Where: BBC Radio 3

A rare opportunity to hear the pianist and French composer Cécile Chaminade’s symphonic ballet performed by BBC Concert Orchestra, with Martin Yates conducting.


What: Songs for Lute, Viol and Voice

When: Saturday 1 September, 6am

Where: Sky Arts

2013 live recording from Wigmore Hall of Thomas Dunford, Jonathan Manson and Iestyn Davies exploring late Tudor and Stuart songs for lute. The performance includes works by Robert Johnson, John Dowland and John Danyel, and a new commission by Nico Muhly about the discovery of the remains of Richard III.


What: Prom 41 – Boulanger, Elgar and Vaughan Williams

When: Sunday 2 September, 8-10pm

Where: BBC Four

Jean-Guihen Queyras is soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra for this war-themed concert. The programme also includes Boulanger’s choral piece, ‘For A Soldier’s Funeral’ and Vaughan Williams’s ‘Dona nobis pacem.’ Edward Gardner conducts.


What: Prom 69 – Bernstein and Shostakovich

When: Monday 3 September, 7.30-10pm

Where: BBC Radio 3

Boston Symphony Orchestra, with Latvinian violinist Baiba Skride and Andris Nelsons conducting, perform Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’) and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4.


What: Rain

When: Tuesday 4 September, 7.40-9am

Where: Sky Arts

The Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker explores patterns, geometry and polyphony in dance though her interpretation of the music of American minimalist, Steve Reich.


What: Prom 71 – Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and John Eliot Gardiner perform Berlioz

When: Wednesday 5 September, 7.30-9.40pm

Where: BBC Radio 3

An evening of Berlioz is in store at this Prom, including Le Corsaire and Harold in Italy, with Antoine Tamestit and Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs Dido’s death scene from the opera The Trojans.


What: Prom 72 – Britten War Requiem

When: Thursday 6 September, 7-8.35pm

Where: BBC Radio 3

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra performs Britten’s War Requiem. Soloists include Erin Wall (soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor) and Russell Braun (baritone). Peter Oundjian conducts.


What: Prom 73 – Before the Ending of the Day

When: Thursday 6 September, 10.15pm-11.30pm

Where: Radio Three

Late night musical meditation with the Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips. The Prom features sacred and spiritual music, including pieces by Hildegard von Bingen and Arvo Pärt.


What: Prom 70 – Tango Prom and Prom 53 - Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar

When: Friday 7 September, 7.30pm-12.15am

Where: BBC Four

Prom 70: This Prom celebrates Latin American and Finnish tango traditions with the Britten Sinfonia under the baton of Clark Rundel.

Prom 53: A Proms debut for Senegalese Youssou Ndour and his group Le Super Étoile de Dakar. They will perform a mix of Cuban rumba, hip hop, jazz and soul.

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