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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Artist of the Week: violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair; Sarah's Essential Choice: Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 in A, Op 90 (Italian).

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Altre Follie 1500 - 1750 - music from Hesperion XXI and Jordi Savall: ALIA VOX AV9844

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair.

Sarah's guest this week is James May, the writer and TV presenter best known as one of the trio of 'Top Gear' presenters alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. But there's more to James than his macho image would suggest - not many people know that he studied music at Lancaster University, and is a keen flautist and keyboard player who loves early music, as Sarah Walker will discover this week.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Symphony No. in A Op.90 4 'Italian'
London Symphony Orchestra
Andre Previn (conductor)
EMI 767775.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride – Furiant

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine (conductor)

    • DG 427 340 2.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride – Overture

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 3128.
  • 9.10: Sarah's CD of the Week

    • John Playford

      Faronell's Division (1684)

      Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

      • ALIA VOX AV9844.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Harp Concerto in B flat, Op. 4 No.6

    Performers: Marisa Robles (harp), The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown (conductor)

    • DECCA 452 585 2.
  • Rebikov

    The Musical Snuffbox

    Performers: Stephen Hough (piano)

    • VIRGIN 5614982.
  • Liadov

    The Musical Snuffbox

    Performers: Stephen Hough (piano)

    • VIRGIN 5614982.
  • 9.30: Artist of the Week - Thomas Zehetmair

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Rondo in C, K.373

      Performers: Thomas Zehetmair (violin/conductor), Philharmonia

      • TELDEC 2564681031.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Five Bagatelles Op. 23, Nos. 1, 4 & 5

    Performers: Howard Griffiths (clarinet), The Northern Sinfonia

    • NAXOS 8.553556.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Feuillets d'Album

    Performers: Eric Parkin (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 9636.
  • 9.55: Artist of the Week - Thomas Zehetmair

    • Johannes Brahms

      Violin Concerto in D, Op .87

      Performers: Thomas Zehetmair (violin/conductor), Northern Sinfonia

      • AVIE AV2125.
  • 10:30: James May's Choices

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Lieutenant Kije - Wedding Scene

      Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)

      • RCA GOLD SEAL GD60176.
  • Scott Joplin

    Maple Leaf Rag

    Performers: Katia and Marielle Labeque (pianos)

    • EMI CDC 7470932.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    L'Ascension - Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père

    Performers: Orchestre de l'Opera Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

    • DG 435 854 2.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 'Italian'

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

      • EMI 767775.
  • Bach / Busoni

    Chaconne in D minor (Partita No.2 BWV1004)

    Performers: Nikolai Demidenko (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA 67324.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Semiramide - Overture

    Performers: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • SONY SMK 47606.


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