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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker presents a selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week and performances by the Artist of the Week, the choir The Sixteen.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: a recording of Holst's orchestral works.

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the choir The Sixteen: Wood (O Thou the Central Orb); MacMillan (Miserere); Handel (excerpt from Samson). Also in this hour, Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture from the London Symphony Orchestra and Antal Dorati.

The Essential Classics guest is the historian, David Starkey. Today he introduces music that reminds him of a particular place and a piece that he would like to be remembered by.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.44.
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor).
Decca 448 1162.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Gopak, from Sorochintsi Fair

    Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (conductor)

    • SONY SBK 62647 TRACK 13.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Invitation to the Dance, op.65

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic , Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

    • DG 413 587-1 TRACK 3.
  • Gustav Holst

    Hammersmith, op.52

    Performers: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.553696 TRACK 8.

    • Wood

      O Thou the Central Orb

      Performers: The Sixteen, Robert Quinney (organ), Harry Christophers (conductor)

      • UNIVERSAL UCJ 179 5732 TRACK 2.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hebrides Overture

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)

    • MERCURY 434 363-2 TRACK 1.

    • MacMillan


      Performers: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

      • CORO COR16096 TRACK 1.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E, K206

    Performers: Murray Perahia (piano)

    • SONY SK 62785 TRACK 21.

    • George Frideric Handel

      Samson, Act 1 scene 2 (part)

      Performers: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (alto – Micah), Thomas Randle (tenor – Samson), The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers (conductor)

      • CORO COR16008 CD 1 TRACKS 11–16.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo No.3 in C, Op.119 No.3

    Performers: Julius Katchen (piano)

    • DECCA 4552472 CD 5 TRACK 17.
  • Coleridge Taylor

    Valse Rustique (from Four Characteristic Waltzes, op.22)

    Performers: RTE Concert Orchestra, Adrian Leaper (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.223516 TRACK 7.

    • Henry Purcell

      March, from Funeral Music for Queen Mary

      Performers: Geraint Jones Orchestra, Geraint Jones (conductor)

      • HIS MASTER’S VOICE 7177, SIDE 1 TRACK 1 [mono].
    • Richard Wagner - Brünnhilde's Immolation, from Götterdämmerung

      Performers: Birgit Nilsson (soprano – Brünnhilde), Vienna Philharmonic, Georg Solti (conductor)

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony no.2 in E minor, op.44

    Performers: Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

    • DECCA 448 1162 CD 1 TRACKS 5–6; CD 2 TRACKS 1–2.
  • Richard Strauss

    Meinem Kinde

    Performers: Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Academy of London, Richard Stamp (conductor)

    • VIRGIN VC7 90794-2 TRACK 6.


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