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Friday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Peter Hurford - Bach Great Organ Works; actor and author Simon Callow; Essential Choice: Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op 44.

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.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Op.44
Martha Argerich (piano)
Dora Schwarzberg & Lucy Hall (violins)
Nobuko Imai (viola)
Mischa Maisky (cello).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 44

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Dora Schwarzberg. Performer: Lucy Hall. Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Mischa Maisky.
    • Schumann: Chamber Works: Martha Argerich.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Samaniego

    Tocata de ministriles (1665)

    Performers: Los Músicos de Su Alteza, Luis Antonio Gonzáles (director)

    • ALPHA 153.
  • Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C, K.309

    Performers: Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

    • PHILIPS 422 722 2.
  • Percy Grainger

    We were dreamers

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS 10638.
  • 9.19: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Fantasy in C minor, BWV 562

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

      • DECCA 443 487 2.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

  • Francaix

    L'heure de berger

    Performers: Ivan Klánsky (piano), Prague Wind Quintet

    • PRAGA PRD250126.
  • Meyerbeer

    Mina; La Fille de l'air

    Performers: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Melvyn Tan (fortepiano)

    • ARCHIV 4690742.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Variations from Act 3 scene 2 'The Prince of the Pagodas'

    Performers: London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS VCD 759 578 2.
  • Peter Donahoe's 50 Great Pianists

    • Albinoni improvised Montero


      Performers: Gabriela Montero

      • EMI 514838 2.
  • Ginastera

    Danzas Argentinas

    Performers: Gabriela Montero

    • EMI 558039 2.
  • Aaron Copland


    Performers: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

    • RCA 09026 635 112.
  • 10.30: Simon Callow's Choices

    • Gustav Mahler

      Abschied (conclusion of the 6th movement from Das Lied von der Erde)

      Performers: Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), BBC Northern Symphony, Raymond Leppard (conductor)

      • BBCM 5012-2.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    Music of Training and Rest (from Jose Torres)

    Performers: London Sinfonietta, John Adams (conductor)

    • NONESUCH 7559-79404-2.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano), Dora Schwarzberg & Lucy Hall (violins), Nobuko Imai (viola), Mischa Maisky (cello)

      • EMI CDS 555484 2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 49 'La Passione'

    Performers: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 462 117 2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 49 'La Passione'


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