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Thursday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Artist of the Week: violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair; Sarah's Essential Choice: Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47.

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.5 in D minor Op.47
London Symphony Orchestra
Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Louis Couperin


    Performers: Trio Settecento

    • CEDILLE CDR 90000129.
  • 9.03: Sarah's CD of the Week

    • Andrea Falconiero

      Folias (a 3) echa para mi Señora (1650)

      Performers: Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (director)

      • ALIA VOX AV9844.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse-Scherzo Op. 34

    Performers: Gil Shaham (violin), Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

    • DG 457 064 2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Concerto No. 7 in F Hob. XVIII

    Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

    • VIRGIN 61881.
  • 9.30: Artist of the Week - Thomas Zehetmair

    • Michael Haydn

      Duo for violin and viola No. 1 in C

      Performers: Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

      • TELDEC 2564681031.
  • Georges Bizet

    Jeux d'enfants Op. 32

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    • DECCA 476 7417.
  • 9.55: Artist of the Week - Thomas Zehetmair

    • Zelenka

      Trio Sonata No. 1 in F

      Performers: Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue (oboes), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), Klaus Stoll (double-bass), Jonathan Rubin (lute), Christiane Jaccottet (harpsichord)

      • ECM 1672.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Il Trovatroe, Act II (Il balen del suo sorriso)

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Alberto Erede (conductor)

    • EMI 6085122.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance in F for violin and orchestra Op. 50

    Performers: Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

    • TELDEC 2564681031.
  • 10:30: James May's Choices

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Sonata in C minor K.115

      Performers: Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

      • TELDEC 0126012.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Lincolnshire Poacher

    Performers: Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

    • DECCA 430 0632.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St Matthew Passion, Part I 'Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen'

    Performers: Thomanerchord Leipzig, Tölzer Knabenchor, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 478 2194.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Symphony No. 5

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

      • LSO LIVE 550.
  • Edward Elgar

    Salut d'amour Op.12

    Performers: Jian Wang (cello), Goran Sollscher (guitar)

    • DG 4776401.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Cafe 1930

    Performers: Jian Wang (cello), Goran Sollscher (guitar)

    • DG 4776401.


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