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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.

9am
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

9.30am
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).

10.30am
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.

11.00
Tom Wright's favourite Symphony

Sibelius
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)

    • PORTRAIT CLASSICS PCL2101.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Marche slave

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)

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

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Waltz

      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)

    • BIRMINGHAM BACH CHOIR BBCCD006.
  • 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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