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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Handel: The King Shall Rejoice; Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody; Brahms: Quintet for clarinet and strings; Dvorak: Symphony No 7.

9am
Sarah Walker's selection of must-hear music today includes Handel's The King shall Rejoice performed by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, and the Academy of Ancient Music from the Essential CD of the Week: a recording of Handel's Coronation Anthems conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the clarinettist Jack Brymer: Debussy (Premiere Rhapsody); Brahms (Quintet for clarinet and strings). Also in this hour, Liszt's Mephisto Polka played by pianist Earl Wild.

10.30am
The Essential Classics guest is Simon Jenkins, the journalist, author and former editor of The Times and the Evening Standard, who is also chairman of the National Trust. Today he introduces music that makes him glad to be alive, a piece he feels should be better known, and music that he finds particularly moving.

11.00
Sarah's Essential Choice.

Dvorak: Symphony no 7.
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,
Mariss Jansons (conductor).
EMI CDC754 663 2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs (from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme)

    Performers: London Oboe Band, Marie-Ange Petit (baroque percussion), Paul Goodwin (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907122 TRACK 22.
  • ESSENTIAL CD OF THE WEEK

    • George Frideric Handel

      The King shall rejoice

      Performers: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Cleobury (director)

      • EMI 571 402 2 TRACKS 7 – 11.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsodies op 79 no 1 in B minor 'Agitato'

    Performers: Radu Lupu (piano)

    • DECCA 417 776 2 TRACK 4.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Suite no 1 for small orchestra

    Performers: Ensemble InerContermporain, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

    • SONY CLASSICAL SMK 45842 TRACKS 20 – 23.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Air (from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme)

    Performers: London Oboe Band, Paul Goodwin (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907122 TRACK 23.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK

    • Claude Debussy

      Premiere Rhapsody

      Performers: Jack Brymer (clarinet), Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Felix Prohaska (conductor)

      • VANGUARD 08917672 CD1 TRACK 8.
  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Polka

    Performers: Earl Wild (piano)

    • VANGUARD 08403571 TRACK 3.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK

    • Johannes Brahms

      Quintet for clarinet and strings

      Performers: Jack Brymer (clarinet), Allegri String Quartet

      • DECCA 452 341 2 TRACKS 5 – 8.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni - Leporello's aria from Act 1 (catalogue aria)

    Performers: Leporello: Guiseppe Taddei (baritone), Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Guilini (conductor)

    • EMI CDS 747 2608 CD 1 TRACK 11.
  • SIMON JENKINS' CHOICE

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Finale of Symphony no 7 in A op 92

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

      • DG 419 050 2 TRACK 8.
    • Samuel

      Gaslight Square II

      Performers: Antithesis Piano Duo

      • DEUX-ELLES DXL 1128 TRACK 20.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Di Provenza il mar il suol (Germont's aria from La Traviata)

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) – early rec, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay (conductor)

    • DG 469 097 2 CD 1 TRACK 15.
  • ESSENTIAL CHOICE

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Symphony no 7

      Performers: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

      • EMI CDC754 663 2 TRACKS 1 – 4.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String quartet op 20 no 2 in C major

    Performers: Hagen Quartet

    • DG 4399921 2 CD 1 TRACKS 5 - 8.

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