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Thursday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Can-Can and Other Dances from the Opera; Artist of the Week; The Story of Music in 50 Pieces: Handel: Lascia ch'io pianga.

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. 17: Handel: Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo)

Handel: Dixit Dominus
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Tielman Susato

    Ronde and Salterelle

    Performers: Early Music Consort of London, David Munrow (director)

    • TESTAMENT SBT 1080.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture: La Clemenza di Tito

    Performers: Dresden Staatskapelle, Colin Davis (conductor)

    • RCA 74321 566982.
  • 9.07: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Alexander Borodin

      Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

      Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Leaper (conductor)

      • NAXOS 8.550924.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations on La ci darem la mano, WoO 28

    Performers: Heinz Holliger and Hans Elhorst (oboes), Maurice Bourgue (cor anglais)

    • DG 453 779 2.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Where am I?

      Performers: Answer: The Arena, Verona, Italy

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Marc-André Hamelin

    • Hamelin

      Etude No. 6 Essercizio per pianoforte (Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti)

      Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA 67275.
  • Léo Delibes

    Scene and Valse de la poupee (Coppelia)

    Performers: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mark Ermler (conductor)

    • ROH 006.
  • John Taverner

    Credo (Missa Mater Christi)

    Performers: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Stephen Darlington (director)

    • NIMBUS NI882 002 909.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Grand March from Aida

    Performers: New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • CBS CD44724.
  • Henry Purcell

    Stripp'd of their green

    Performers: Nancy Argenta (soprano), Nigel North (baroque guitar), Richard Boothby (viola da gamba), Paul Nicholson (harpsichord)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS VC759 324 2.
  • 9.55: Artist of the Week - Marc-André Hamelin

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44

      Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Takács Quartet

      • HYPERION CDA 67631.
  • 10.30: Baroness Floella Benjamin's Choices

    • Trad. arr. Hope

      Amazing Grace

      Performers: Jessye Norman, Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Gibson (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 423 546 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K.211: Allegro moderato

    Performers: Gidon Kremer (violin), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • DG 415 482 2.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Overture: The Bartered Bride

    Performers: Pro Arte Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 763 779 2.
  • 11am: The Story of Music

    • George Frideric Handel

      'Lascia ch'io pianga' (Rinaldo)

      Performers: Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

      • DECCA 467 087 2.
  • 11.10:

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No. 25 in G, Op. 79

      Performers: Alfred Brendel (piano)

      • PHILIPS 422 787 2.
  • Ibert transcribed Heifetz

    Le petIt ane blanc

    Performers: Jascha Heifetz (violin), Brooks Smith (piano)

    • RCA 09028 61776 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus (1707)

    Performers: Lynn Dawson (soprano), Lynda Russell (soprano), Charles Brett (counter tenor), Ian Partridge (tenor), Michael George (bass), The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 0517.


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