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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy in music by Dvorak, Beethoven and Scriabin; Sarah's Essential Choice: Mahler: Adagio (Symphony No 10).

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Alison Balsom playing arrangements of Bach: EMI 5 58047 2

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. Hear him in performances of Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Beethoven's Piano Sonata in E minor, op.90 and Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy, op.54

The Essential Classics guest is the novelist Mavis Cheek who introduces her essential pieces of classical music, including the very first record she ever bought.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Adagio from Symphony no.10
Cleveland Orchestra
Pierre Boulez (conductor)
DG 477 9060.

3 hours

Music Played

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  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Flight of the Bumblebee

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

    • Decca 417 301-2.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Une châtelaine en sa tour

    Performers: Susan Drake (harp)

    • Helios CDH55130.
  • 9.05am: Essential CD of the Week

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Trio Sonata in C, BWV 529

      Performers: Alison Balsom (trumpet), Alina Ibragimova (violin), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba), Alistair Ross (harpsichord)

      • EMI 5 58047 2.
  • Debussy arr. Colin Matthews

    Preludes: 'Les sons et les parfumes tournent dans l'air du soir', 'Les tierces alternées'

    Performers: Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor)

    • Hallé CD HLL 7513.
  • 9.30am: Artist of the Week: Vladimir Ashkenazy

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Carnival, op.92

      Performers: Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

      • Decca 433 548-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Auf dem Strom, D 943

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Performer: Richard Watkins. Performer: Paul Lewis.

    Performers: Mark Padmore (tenor), Richard Watkins (french horn), Paul Lewis (piano)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMU 907520.
  • 9.50am: Artist of the Week: Vladimir Ashkenazy

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in G, op.79

      Performers: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

      • Decca 443 706-2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Mit vierzig Jahren ist der Berg erstiegen', op.94 no.1

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Daniel Barenboim (piano)

    • Brilliant 92891.
  • 10.30am: Mavis Cheek’s Choices

    • Christoph Willibald Gluck

      'What is life without thee?' (Orpheus and Eurydice)

      Performers: Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      • Decca 433 470-2.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Piano Concerto no.1

    Performers: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    • Decca 468 600-2.
  • 11.00am: Sarah’s Essential Choice

    • Gustav Mahler

      Adagio from Symphony no.10

      Performers: Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

      • DG 477 9060.
  • 11.25am

    • Benjamin Britten

      Violin Concerto in D, op.15

      Performers: Maxim Vengerov, London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

      • EMI 5 57510 2.


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