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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 08 February 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Le Voyage Magnifique - Schubert Impromptus performed by Maria João Pires.

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez with guitarist Göran Söllscher).

The Essential Classics guest is biographer Claire Tomalin, who introduces her essential pieces of classical music. Today she reveals music which brightens her day and a piece which makes her laugh.

Sarah's Essential Choice.

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
Fritz Reiner (conductor).
RCA 09026 61250-2.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johann Strauss II

    Johann Strauss II Johann Strauss II - Vergnügungszug Polka, Op.281 [Pleasure Train Polka]

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

    DG 419 616-2

  • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi Violin Concerto in E flat 'La tempesta di Mare" [Op.8 No.5, RV 253]

    Performers: Academy of Ancient Music, Andrew Manze (director)


  • 9.12: Sarah's CD of the Week

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Klavierstücke, D.946 No.2

      Performers: Maria João Pires (piano)

      DG 457 550-2

  • Image for Jarvis Sheppard

    Jarvis Sheppard In pace in idipsum

    Performers: The Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh (director)

    DG 477 6605

  • 9.33am

    • Image for Scheidt

      Scheidt Galliard Battaglia of 1621

      Performers: Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

      ALIA VOX AV 9815

  • 9.37: Artist of the Week - The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • Image for Johan Severin Svendsen

      Johan Severin Svendsen Romance in G major, Op.26

      Performers: Gil Shaham (violin), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

      DG 449 923-2

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé, Op.60

    Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    DG 419 603-2

  • 10.06am: Artist of the Week - The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • Image for Joaquín Rodrigo

      Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

      Performers: Göran Söllscher (guitar), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

      DG 429 232-2

  • 10.30: Claire Tomalin's Choice

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel "The trumpet's loud clangour" (Ode to St Cecilia's Day, HWV76)

      Performers: James Gilchrist (tenor), Choir of the King’s Consort, The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)

      HYPERION CDA 67463

  • 10.41: Claire Tomalin's Choice

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Le nozze di Figaro, Act II finale [No.16]

      Performers: Count: Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Countess: Véronique Gens (soprano), Figaro: Lorenzo Regazzo (bass), Susanna: Patricia Ciofi (soprano), Marcellina: Marie McLaughlin (soprano), Basilio: Kobie van Rensburg (tenor), Bartolo & Antonio: Antonio Abete (bass), Concerto Köln, René Jacobs (director)

      HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901818.20

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Etude in G flat, Op.29 No.9 'Butterfly'

    Performers: Louis Lortie (piano)


  • 11.05am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Maurice Ravel

      Maurice Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

      Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)

      RCA 09026 61250-2

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in A major (from the 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op.87)

    Performers: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

    DECCA 466 066-2

  • 11.27am

    • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

      Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.5, Op.107 'Reformation'

      Performers: Staatskapelle Dresden, Colin Davis (conductor)

      PROFIL PH 05048

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Connection was: Army Personnel

    The music played:

    Opening of Troika (Lieutenant Kije op 60)
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    DG 419 603 2

    Marche du soldat from The Soldier’s Tale
    Prague Chamber Harmony
    Libor Pesek (conductor)
    SUPRAPHON 1106722

    I am the very model of a modern Major-General (Pirates of Penzance)
    Major-General Stanley (John Reed)
    The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Isidore Godfrey (conductor)
    DECCA 425 196 2


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