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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Artist of the Week: Katia and Marielle Labeque in Brahms: Hungarian Dances. Debussy: En Blanc et Noir. Tom Wright's Favourite Symphony: Sibelius: Symphony No 5.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Avison's 12 Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti, performed by the Avison Ensemble: DIVINE ART DDA21213

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the French piano duo - sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque - in Brahms (Hungarian Dances) and Debussy (En Blanc et Noir).

The Essential Classics guest is Professor Tom Wright, a leading New Testament Scholar and former Bishop of Durham. Today he introduces a piece that makes him glad to be alive, one that he can relax to and music that he'd like to be remembered by.

Tom Wright's favourite Symphony

Symphony No 5
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor)
DG 477 5454.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Im Grünen; Abschied vom Walde

    Performers: Netherlands Chamber Choir, Uwe Gronostay (conductor)

    • GLOBE GLO 5075.
  • 9.10am: Sarah's CD of the Week

    • Avison Ensemble

      Concerto Grosso no 10 in D major

      • DIVINE ART DDA21213.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo fantastique

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 443 703 2.
  • 9.30am: Artist of the Week – the Labeques

    • Johannes Brahms

      Hungarian Dances – nos 7 – 12

      Performers: Katia and Marielle Labeque (piano – 4 hands)

      • PHILIPS 416 459 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture: The Magic Flute

    Performers: Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 446 3772.
  • 9.57am: Artist of the Week – the Labeques

    • Claude Debussy

      En blanc et noir

      Performers: Katia and Marielle Labeque (pianos)

      • PHILIPS 4544712.
  • Eustache du Caurroy

    Salve Regina

    Performers: The Choir of New College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom (director)

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Marche slave

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)

    • DECCA 417 742 2.
  • Artist of the Week – the Labeques

    • Igor Stravinsky


      Performers: Katia and Marielle Labeque (piano – 4 hands)

      • SONY CLASSICAL SK 48381.
  • 10.30am: Dr. Tom Wright’s Choices

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Opening of the Christmas Oratorio

      Performers: New London Consort, Philip Pickett (director)

      • DECCA 458 838 2.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Farewell to Stromness

    Performers: Graham Anthony Devine (guitar)

    • NAXOS 8557040.
  • Spicer

    "On the evening of that day…The peace so dearly won" (Easter Oratorio)

    Performers: Evangelist: Philip Salmon (tenor), Jesus: Jonathan Gunthorpe (baritone), Birmingham Bach Choir, Lichfield Cathedral Choristers and Special choir, English Symphony Orchestra, Paul Spicer (conductor)

  • 11.00am: Sarah’s Essential Choice

    • Jean Sibelius

      Symphony no 5

      Performers: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

      • DG 477 5454.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet Op.20 No.6

    Performers: Tatrai Quartet

    • HUNGAROTON HCD 1133233-2.
  • Scott Joplin

    Euphonic Sounds – A syncopated melody

    Performers: Joshua Rifkin (piano)

    • ELEKTRA NONESUCH 7449 791592.


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