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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Artist of the Week: the Nash Ensemble in Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1 in E, Op 9; Sarah's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No 3.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Mendelssohn Overtures: London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado. DG 423 104-2.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Nash Ensemble.

10.30am
The Essential Classics guest is actor and director Philip Franks, well known for his performances on stage and screen, including The Darling Buds of May, Heartbeat, Bleak House and numerous leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Today Philip talks about the first piece of classical music he remembers hearing, and reveals a piece that makes him laugh.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice

Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 3
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

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  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude in C, op.10 no.1

    Performers: Murray Perahia (piano)

    • SONY 518807 2.
  • 9:03: Sarah's CD of the Week

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.21

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      • DG 423 104-2.
  • Chris "Dow Jones" Whitacre

    I thank You God for most this amazing day

    Performers: Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA67543.
  • Franz Liszt

    Les Jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este, S163

    Performers: Georges Cziffra (piano)

    • EMI 764882.
  • 9:30: Artists of the Week: The Nash Ensemble

    • Claude Debussy

      Syrinx

      Performers: The Nash Ensemble: Philippa Davies (flute)

      • VIRGIN VC 7 91148-2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Nocturne and Scherzo for string quintet

    Performers: The Nash Ensemble: Marianne Thorsen (violin), Elizabeth Wexler (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Garfield Jackson (viola), Paul Watkins (cello)

    • HYPERION CDA673812.
  • Clementi

    The Black Joke, with 21 Variations, WoO2

    Performers: Howard Shelley (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA67850.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Chamber Symphony, op.9 (version for full orchestra)

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI 4 57815 2.
  • 10:30: Philip Franks' Choices

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Danse macabre, op.40

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit (conductor)

      • DECCA 414 460-2.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    'A Weekend in the Country', from A Little Night Music

    Performers: D’Jamin Bartlett (Petra), Victoria Mallory (Anne), Len Cariou (Fredrik), Patricia Elliott (Charlotte), Laurence Guittard (Carl-Magnus), Mark Lambert (Henrik), Harold Hastings (musical direction)

    • COLUMBIA CK 32265.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondo for cello and orchestra

    Performers: Sol Gabetta (cello), Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Nario Venzago (conductor)

    • RCA 88697 630812.
  • 11am:

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Suite no. 3 in G, op.55, for orchestra

      Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 763095-2.
  • 11.40am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      'Sei du mein Trost', K340B

      Performers: Barbara Bonney (soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

      • TELDEC 2292-46334-2.
  • Claude Debussy

    Estampes [Pagodes – La soirée dans Grenade – Jardins sous la pluie]

    Performers: Noriko Ogawa (piano)

    • BIS-CD-1105.

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