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Thursday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. J Strauss II: Perpetuum Mobile. Sibelius: Finlandia. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E flat, Op 31. Bach: St Matthew Passion (excerpt).

With Sarah Walker. This week recordings from Willi Boskovsky, music for amateurs to play and for people to learn about classical music, plus the instalment in our Beethoven piano sonata cycle: the Sonata in E flat, Op.31 No.3 played by Solomon.

Willi Boskovsky was best known as conductor of Vienna's famous New Year's Day Concerts - a role he took over in 1954 and continued to perform till his retirement in 1979.

All this week on Classical Collection, Sarah Walker presents a selection of Willi Boskovsky's finest recordings, today including Johann Strauss II's Perpetuum Mobile, op.257 played by the Vienna Philharmonic and extracts from his farewell New Year's Day Concert in 1979 with the Vienna Philharmonic - the first to be commercially released.

Artist of the Week

Johann Strauss II
Perpetuum Mobile, op.257
Vienna Philharmonic
Willi Boskovsky (conductor)
Decca 455 254-2

Philharmonia Orchestra
Paavo Berglund (conductor)
EMI CDC 7 47484 2

Peter and the Wolf
David Bowie (narrator)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy (conductor)
RCA 82876623572

Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle
Sonata in E flat, op.31 no.3
Solomon (piano)
Testament SBT1190

Artist of the Week

'Erbarme dich, mein Gott' from St Matthew Passion, pt 2
Marga Hoffgen (mezzo soprano)
Vienna Philharmonic (solo violin: Willi Boskosvky)
Wilhelm Furtwangler (conductor)
EMI CHS 5 65509 2

Artist of the Week, Willi Boskovsky in a selection of pieces from the Vienna New Year's Day Concert of 1979.

J. Strauss II
Bei uns z'Haus Waltz, op.361
Pizzicato Polka
Tik tak Polka, op.365
Wein, Weib und Gesang, op.333
Auf der Jagd, op.373
Vienna Philharmonic
Willi Boskovsky (conductor)
DECCA 468 489-2.

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