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RADIO HIGHS: Tributes to a musical genius.

Byline: John Davies

CLASSICAL music seems to be trendy at the moment, what with those sexy girls of Bond, Luciano Pavarotti performing with the likes of U2,and Russell Watson pop-ing up the classics.

But it's rare that a classical piece gets to the top of the pop charts.

However,in the 1970s,Aram Kachaturian managed it with the theme from the TV drama The Onedin Line.

Tonight's Evening Concert (ClassicFM,9pm)celebrates the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The concert starts with the Adagio from his ballet Spartacus,and then moves on to show the variety in Kachaturian's work.

We hear excerpts from his Gayane ballet suite,Ode In Memory Of Lenin,and his violin concerto.

And if that's not enough Kachaturian for you,he is also this week's Composer of the Week on Radio 3 (9am).The series looks at his life,and ends this morning with his failure to avoid official censure in the Soviet Union in 1948. But in 1956 when Nikita Khrushchev started to undo the Stalin years and artists were given a bit more freedom,it appeared that things would improve for the composer... but unfortunately he found composition more difficult than ever.

Another kind of music over on Radio 2 at 10pm with Ball Over Broadway.

Michael Ball takes a look at the lates goings- on on Broadway,and he drops in on the show Movin' Out, a spectacle that combines the music of Billy Joel and the choreography of Twyla Tharp.

andy Kershaw used to be the roadie for left-wingfolk/rock singer Billy Bragg; now he's a Radio 3 DJ,presenting music from around the globe.

On his show tonight (10.15pm)he introduces Slimani,described as a rai artist,and,indeed,he was the first rai artist to appear on Top Of The Pops.

Slimani,as a boy, used to drum at football matches in Algiers.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2003
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