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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Peter Hurford - Bach Great Organ Works; The special guest is actor and author Simon Callow; Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D821.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Peter Hurford - JS Bach Great Organ Works

A daily brainteaser, and Sarah's recommended performance by the next pianist in Peter Donohoe's survey of 50 Great Pianists. This week in Essential Classics as part of Piano Season, Sarah will be showcasing pianists and piano music from the USA, the Far East and beyond.

Sarah is joined by her guest for the week, actor and author Simon Callow, discussing his essential pieces of classical music.

Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano D.821
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review


Simon Callow CBE is one of Britain's best-known stage and screen actors. He has appeared in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Phantom of the Opera, Amadeus, and A Room with a View. As a stage actor, Simon has played some of the theatre's most iconic roles, ranging from Titus Andronicus, Mozart in Amadeus and Faust, to Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Oscar, Captain Hook, and Pozzo in Waiting For Godot, opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Patrick Stewart. His lifelong passion for classical music has seen him directing opera productions and appearing alongside various orchestras around the world, as well as presenting documentaries and writing about composers and their work.

Simon is also a prolific author, having written thirteen books. These include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, a highly acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton, a biographical trilogy of Orson Welles (of which the first two parts have now been published), Love is Where it Falls and his memoir My Life in Pieces. As both an actor and writer, Simon has come to be greatly associated with the work of Charles Dickens. He has played the role of the writer on stage, film and television, including An Audience with Charles Dickens (BBC, 1996) and a 2005 episode of Doctor Who. He has also performed in several of Dickens' theatre pieces: Dr Marigold & Mr Chops, and A Christmas Carol. His latest book, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, was published earlier this year.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Moritz Moszkowski

    Etude Op. 72 No. 11 in A flat

    Performers: Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

    • RCA GD 87755.
  • 9.01: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude (Fantasy) and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

      Performers: Peter Hurford (organ of The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto)

      • DECCA 443 486 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Krakowiak Op. 14

    Performers: Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord (conductor)

    • ARABESQUE Z67022.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A minor: Andante, Op. 116 No. 2

    Performers: Leonard Shure (piano)

  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Mystery Piece

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Selection of Symphonic Dances from West Side Story: Cha-Cha; Meeting Scene; 'Cool' Fugue;

    Performers: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • DG 4100252.
  • George Gershwin

    Piano Concerto in F

    Performers: André Previn (piano/conductor), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    • PHILIPS 4126112.
  • 10.30: Simon Callow's Choices

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      "Softly awakes my heart" (Samson et Dalilah)

      Performers: Marian Anderson, Orchestra, Lawrence Collingwood (conductor)

      • NIMBUS NI7801.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Cello Sonata No. 2: 1st movement

    Performers: Stephen Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA 67529.
  • Novello

    A Violin began to play

    Performers: Marilyn Hill Smith (soprano), The Chandos Concert Orchestra, Stuart Barry (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 9142.
  • 11am:The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

    • Franz Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata

      Performers: Peter Wispelwey (cello)

  • George Frideric Handel

    The Flocks shall leave the mountains (Acis and Galatea)

    Performers: Claron McFaddon (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort, Robert King (director)

  • 賀綠汀

    The Cowherd's Flute

    Performers: Lang Lang (piano)

    • DG 477 6229.
  • Trad.

    Dialogue in Song

    Performers: Lang Lang (piano)

    • DG 477 6229.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

    Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.

    Performers: Earl Wild (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 6605.


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