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Thursday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Artist of the Week: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Tchaikovsky: Serenade melancholique; Sarah's Essential Choice: Stravinsky: The Firebird.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Le Voyage Magnifique - Schubert Impromptus performed by Maria João Pires.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Tchaikovsky: Serenade melancholique with violinist Gil Shaham).

10.30am
The Essential Classics guest is biographer Claire Tomalin, who introduces her essential pieces of classical music. Today she reveals music which moves her, and a piece she would like to be remembered by.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice.

Stravinsky: The Firebird.
London Symphony Orchestra,
Antal Dorati (conductor).
MERCURY 432 012-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Variations du Miroir aka Helen's Dance (Faust)

    Performers: National Theatre Orchestra of the Paris Opera, George Pretre (conductor)

    • EMI CDS 747493.
  • 9.02: Sarah's CD of the Week

    • Franz Schubert

      Klavierstücke, D.946 No.1

      Performers: Maria João Pires (piano)

      • DG 457 550-2.
  • Stanford

    Fantasy No.1 for clarinet and string quartet

    Performers: Thea King (clarinet), Britten String Quartet

    • HYPERION CDH55076.
  • 9.31am

    • Morley

      Arise, awake; Stay heart, run not so fast

      Performers: The Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley (director)

      • L’OISEAU-LYRE 436 862-2.
  • Falla

    Spanish Dance No. 1 (La Vie breve)

    Performers: Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos (conductor)

    • EMI CZS 767474 2.
  • 9.42: Artist of the Week - The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Sérénade melancholique, Op.26

      Performers: Gil Shaham (violin), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

      • DG 449 923-2.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Barber of Seville overture

    Performers: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • DG 477 501-2.
  • 9.59: Artist of the Week - The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466

      Performers: Richard Goode (piano), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

      • NONESUCH 7559 79439-2.
  • 10.30: Claire Tomalin's Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" (St Matthew Passion)

      Performers: Janet Baker (alto), Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter (conductor)

      • ARCHIV 413 613-2.
  • 10.46: Claire Tomalin's Choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Im Abendrot (Four Last Songs)

      Performers: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, George Szell (conductor)

      • EMI CDC 747276-2.
  • Louis Couperin

    Canaries & Volte (Suite in D minor)

    Performers: Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

    • APARTE AP0006.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Firebird

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)

      • MERCURY 432 012-2.
  • 11.42am

    • George Frideric Handel

      Israel in Egypt: conclusion

      Performers: Elizabeth Gale (soprano), Ian Partridge (tenor), Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, English Chamber Orchestra, Simon Preston (conductor)

      • DECCA 421 602-2.
  • 11.48am

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Le Rouet d'Omphale

      Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (conductor)

      • EMI 909932-2.

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