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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Can-Can and Other Dances from the Opera; Artist of the Week: Marc-Andre Hamelin; Baroness Floella Benjamin; Bach: St Matthew Passion (excpt).

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Can-Can and other Dances from the Opera (various performers) NAXOS 8.550924

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin.

Sarah Walker's guest this week is Baroness Floella Benjamin, television presenter, actress and politician. She is known as presenter of children's television programmes such as Play School, Play Away and Fast Forward. On stage she has appeared in shows including Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Husband in Law. She has won a Special Lifetime Achievement award from BAFTA, and in 2001 was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting. In 2010 she was introduced to the House of Lords as a Life Peer, nominated by the Liberal Democrats.

The Story of Music in 50 Pieces
No. 15: Bach: St Matthew Passion (opening)

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

  • 9am: Artist of the Week - Marc-André Hamelin

    • Jules Massenet

      Valse follet

      Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA 67275.
  • 9.03: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Amilcare Ponchielli

      Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda)

      Performers: CSR Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard (conductor)

      • NAXOS 8.550924.
  • Lauridsen

    O magnum mysterium

    Performers: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, Robert Shaw (conductor)

    • TELARC CD80531.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Overture in F major

    Performers: Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

    • DG 439 892 2.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Listener Brainteaser

      Performers: Answer was WAGNER (or Wagenseil); W.Byrd: The Bells; A.Vivaldi: 2nd mvmt from Winter (4 Seasons); G.Handel: Dixit Dominus

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Fantasia in A major

    Performers: Sebastien Marq (flute)

    • NAÏVE E8890.
  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Marc-André Hamelin

    • Robert Schumann

      Papillons, Op. 2

      Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA 67120.
  • Jacob

    Suite for bassoon and string quartet

    Performers: The Fibonacci Sequence (Richard Skinner, bassoon)

    • DEUX ELLES DXL1104.
  • 10.05: Artist of the Week - Marc-André Hamelin

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Piano Sonata No. 2

      Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67706.
  • 10.30: Baroness Floella Benjamin's Choices

    • Sullivan

      Three little maids from school (The Black Mikado)

      Performers: Patricia Ebigwei (Yum-Yum), Jenny McGusty (Peep-Bo), Floella Benjamin (Pitti-Sing), Original cast recording of vocal highlights from West End production

  • Coleridge-Taylor

    From Hiawatha's Departure (The Song of Hiawatha): From his place rose Hiawatha; On the sho

    Performers: Bryn Terfel (baritone), Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Kenneth Alwyn (conductor)

    • DECCA 473 431 2.
  • Erik Satie

    Petite Ouverture a danser

    Performers: Alexandre Tharaud

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902017/18.
  • 11am: The Story of Music

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion (opening)

      Performers: Anne Sofie von Otter (contralto), The Monteverdi Choir, The London Oratory Junior Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

      • ARCHIV 427 648 2.
  • 11.20:

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

      Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (conductor)

      • SONY CLASSICAL SBK62642.
  • Edward Elgar

    Where corals lie op 37 no 4 (Sea Pictures)

    Performers: Dame Janet Baker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

    • LPO 0046.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Edward Elgar, Sea Pictures and Symphony no.1: LPO.
    • LPO.
    • 4.


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