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Friday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Featuring recordings by Willi Boskovsky, music for amateurs to play and for people to learn about classical music, and the Friday Virtuoso.

With Sarah Walker. This week recordings from Willi Boskovsky, music for amateurs to play and for people to learn about classical music, plus our Friday Virtuoso: Marc-Andre Hamelin in the first movement of Alkan's Concerto for solo piano.

Willi Boskovsky was best known as conductor of Vienna's famous New Year's Day Concerts - a role he performed from 1954 till his retirement in 1979. Under Boskovsky, the concerts became celebrations of the Viennese popular masters, above all Johann Strauss Jr.

This week on Classical Collection, Sarah presents a selection of Willi Boskovsky's finest recordings, today including Johann Strauss II's An der schonen blauen Donau played by the Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna. Sarah will also be celebrating the other side of Boskovsky's career; from 1936 he led the Vienna Philharmonic, so we'll hear him as leader and soloist in Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra.

Artist of the Week

Johann Strauss II
An der schonen blauen Donau, op.314
Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna
Willi Boskovsky (conductor)
EMI CDC 747052 2

In Dahomey (Cakewalk Smasher)
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion CDA66884

Artist of the Week

4 German Dances, K602
Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Willi Boskovsky (conductor)
PHILIPS 422 643-2

Trinklied aus dem 16. Jahrhundert, D847
Grab und Mond, D893
Wein und liebe, D901
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Erwin Ortner (director)
Teldec 4509-94546-2

Friday Virtuoso

Concerto for solo piano - 1st movement
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion CDA67569

Artist of the Week

R Strauss
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
Vienna Philharmonic (solo violin: Willi Boskovsky)
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DECCA 448 051-2.

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