Here is just a small sample from this week of Classical Fine Music.

Thursday 25 August, 8pm … in The World Of A Symphony, programmer David Brett has focused his attention on the American composer Alan Hovhaness and his Symphony no 2, op 132, Mysterious mountain, commissioned and premiered by the conductor Leopold Stokowski, and ‘notable for a pervasive sense of spiritual serenity’. Works by Sibelius, Bernstein and Howard Hanson are also included.

Saturday 27 August, 8pm … in The Life Of A Composer, programmer Jennifer Foong has profiled Mikhail Glinka, ‘father of Russian music’ and an influence on such successors as Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. Included among other, more nationalistic, works is his Trio pathétique in D minor, composed for clarinet, bassoon and piano, and influenced by Italian opera composers of the time. 

Sunday 28 August, 3pm … in Sunday Special: A Proliferation Of Scarlatti, programmer James Nightingale has curated a collection of music which takes its cue from the Italian Baroque composer, ranging from Charles Avison’s Concerto grosso no 12 in D, after Domenico Scarlatti through to Salvatore Sciarrino’s beguiling and elegant Canzoniere da Scarlatti for saxophone quartet. The program is top-and-tailed by a couple of Scarlatti’s own inventive keyboard sonatas.

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