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A GUEST on Private Passions (12noon R3), Robert Craft is best known as Stravinsky's friend and collaborator. Their relationship was recorded in a series of books, Conversations with Stravinsky, and explored in depth in a Radio 3 series a few years ago. Craft pushed the composer into experiments with serialism; but his choice of music shows a classical bent - Lassus, Couperin, Beethoven as well as Stravinsky (right). He emerges as a fine conductor, his own recording of the finale of Mozart's B flat Wind Serenade, proving a rough and ready but hugely lively performance.

Tonight's Opera on 3 (7pm R3) is the Royal Opera's much-liked production of The Bartered Bride, live from Sadler's Wells.

Robert Hanks

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