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Tuesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including oboist Heinz Holliger in concertos by Benjamin and Bellini, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante; Essential Choice: Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 5.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Treasures of Christ Church: The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Stephen Darlington (director of music) AVIE AV2215

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, oboist Heinz Holliger. Hear him in oboe concertos by Benjamin and Bellini, as well as Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K.279

The Essential Classics guest is Guardian columnist Michele Hanson, who introduces her essential pieces. Today she talks about the first recording she ever bought, and reveals her favourite composer and work.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Piano Concerto No.5 'Egyptian'
Stephen Hough (piano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Country Dance

    Performers: Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Iona Brown (conductor)

    • VIRGIN 562179 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonatina for violin and piano, D.384 (Op. post. 137 No.1)

    Performers: Julia Fischer (violin), Martin Helmchen (piano)

    • PENTATONE 5186 347.
  • 9.15am: Essential CD of the Week – Treasures of Christ Church

    • Tallis Salvator mundi

      Parsons Ave Maria

      Performers: Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington (director of music)

      • AVIE AV 2215.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Funeral March of a Marionette

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 9765.
  • 9.32am: Artist of the Week – Heinz Holliger

    • Benjamin

      Benjamin - Oboe Concerto in C minor on themes of Cimarosa

      Performers: Heinz Holliger (oboe), I Musici

  • 9.45am: Artist of the Week – Heinz Holliger

    • Vincenzo Bellini

      Oboe Concerto in E flat

      Performers: Heinz Holliger (oboe), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra , Eliahu Inbal (conductor)

      • PENTATONE PTC 5186 129.
  • 9.53am

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Song to the Moon (Rusalka)

      Performers: Karita Mattila (mezzo-soprano), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

      • ONDINE ODE 968-2.
  • Tchaikovsky - March – Song of the Lark (The Seasons)

    Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

  • 10.03am: Artist of the Week – Heinz Holliger

    • Mozart

      Sinfonia Concertante, K.279b

      Performers: Heinz Holliger (oboedirector), Aurèle Nicolet (flute), Herman Baumann (horn), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), Academy of St Martin in the Fields

  • 10.30am: Michele Hanson's Choices

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.2: opening movement

      Performers: Artur Rubinstein (piano), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)

      • RCA RD 84934.
  • Henry Purcell

    Dido and Aeneas

    Performers: Dido: Mary Thomas (soprano), Belinda: Honor Sheppard (soprano), Oriana Concert Choir and Orchestra, Alfred Dellar (conductor)

    • VANGUARD 08 2032 71.
  • Hope

    Jaunting Car (Ring of Kerry Suite)

    Performers: New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDS44264.
  • 11.00am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Piano Concerto No.5 in F major, Op.103

      Performers: Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDA 673312.
  • 11.28am

    • Gerald Finzi

      Romance, Op.11

      Performers: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

      • DECCA 468 807-2.
  • 11.35am

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.48 in C major, 'Maria Theresia'

      Performers: English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director/harpsichord)

      • DG 463 731-2.


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