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Thursday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 03 May 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Altre Follie 1500 - 1750 - music from Hesperion XXI, and Jordi Savall: ALIA VOX AV9844

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair.

Sarah's guest this week is James May, the writer and TV presenter best known as one of the trio of 'Top Gear' presenters alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. But there's more to James than his macho image would suggest - not many people know that he studied music at Lancaster University, and is a keen flautist and keyboard player who loves early music, as Sarah Walker will discover this week.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47
London Symphony Orchestra
Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Louis Couperin

    Louis Couperin Gavotte

    Performers: Trio Settecento

    CEDILLE CDR 90000129

  • 9.03: Sarah's CD of the Week

    • Image for Andrea Falconiero

      Andrea Falconiero Folias (a 3) echa para mi Señora (1650)

      Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

      ALIA VOX AV9844

  • Image for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo Op. 34

    Performers: Gil Shaham (violin), Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

    DG 457 064 2

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Piano Concerto No. 7 in F Hob. XVIII

    Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

    VIRGIN 61881

  • 9.30: Artist of the Week - Thomas Zehetmair

    • Image for Michael Haydn

      Michael Haydn Duo for violin and viola No. 1 in C

      Performers: Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

      TELDEC 2564681031

  • Image for Georges Bizet

    Georges Bizet Jeux d'enfants Op. 32

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    DECCA 476 7417

  • 9.55: Artist of the Week - Thomas Zehetmair

    • Image for Zelenka

      Zelenka Trio Sonata No. 1 in F

      Performers: Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue (oboes), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), Klaus Stoll (double-bass), Jonathan Rubin (lute), Christiane Jaccottet (harpsichord)

      ECM 1672

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Il Trovatroe, Act II (Il balen del suo sorriso)

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Alberto Erede (conductor)

    EMI 6085122

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Romance in F for violin and orchestra Op. 50

    Performers: Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

    TELDEC 2564681031

  • 10:30: James May's Choices

    • Image for Domenico Scarlatti

      Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in C minor K.115

      Performers: Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

      TELDEC 0126012

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten The Lincolnshire Poacher

    Performers: Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

    DECCA 430 0632

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion, Part I 'Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen'

    Performers: Thomanerchord Leipzig, Tölzer Knabenchor, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    DECCA 478 2194

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

      Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

      LSO LIVE 550

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Salut d'amour Op.12

    Performers: Jian Wang (cello), Goran Sollscher (guitar)

    DG 4776401

  • Image for Ástor Piazzolla

    Ástor Piazzolla Cafe 1930

    Performers: Jian Wang (cello), Goran Sollscher (guitar)

    DG 4776401

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who am I? Answer: Nipper, the terrier immortalised in the painting 'Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph', which the artist Francis Barraud, the brother of Nipper’s owner, renamed 'His Late Master’s Voice' and sold to The Gramophone Company in 1899. It became the trademark of HMV records


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