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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.

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

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

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.

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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