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Wednesday 31 May 7.30pm

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Midori Plays J.S. Bach

Wednesday 31 May 7.30pm Channel 020

Midori’s recent interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo has earned her many accolades by audiences and the media worldwide. In August 2016, Midori performed these pieces, known as one of the most challenging for any violinist, for an audio-visual recording at the Castle of Kothen (Schloss Kothen), where Bach served as Court Chapel Master between 1717 and 1723. There, the precise, light but nevertheless emphatic playing by Midori unfurled a unique world of sound that maybe Bach himself had imagined while composing these polyphonic masterpieces.

Gauguin: The Full Story

Monday 5 June 8.00pm Channel 020

Gauguin is well known for his gorgeous paintings of Tahiti in which beautiful native girls disport themselves enticingly on perfect South Pacific beaches. But have these celebrated portrayals of an earthly paradise been misunderstood? Has the fame of Gauguin’s Tahiti pictures blinded us to the bigger truth about his achievements?

Waldemar Januszczak believes so, and his epic biography of Gauguin follows the painter through countless twists and turns in a remarkable life that takes him from an idyllic and forgotten childhood in Peru to a horrific and notorious death on the Marquesas Islands.

Paris: Daniel Harding Conducts Berg & Mahler

Wednesday 7 June 8.30pm Channel 020

It was the death of 18-year-old Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius, which spurred Alban Berg to compose his violin concerto Dem Andenken eines Engels (To the Memory of an Angel).

This concerto is played by multiple awarded German violinist Isabell Faust, who has been praised by New York Times: "Her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music’s hidden strains of lyricism". The violin concerto is followed by Gyorgy Kurtag’s Doloroso.

As third part of the programme, the Orchestre de Paris performs Mahler’s 4th Symphony, built around the song "Das himmlische Leben" (The Heavenly Life) from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, presenting a child's vision of Heaven. The soprano solo is sung by Christina Landshamer.


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