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Thursday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Mendelssohn Part Songs; Proms Artist Recommends: Thomas Sondergard; Sarah's Essential Choice: Mozart: Symphony No 29 in A.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Mendelssohn Part Songs, Netherlands Chamber Choir, GLOBE GLO5075, and at 9.30 our daily brainteaser.

A new feature for the 2013 Proms Season: 'Proms Artist Recommends'.
An artist performing later today in the BBC Proms recommends three musical works, and on Essential Classics we'll play one of those pieces around 10am. Today's artist is Thomas Søndergård.

Sarah's guest this week is the lawyer and former President of the European Court of Human Rights, Sir Nicolas Bratza. Among his many positions, Sir Nicolas is a member of the Advisory Council and former Vice-Chairman of the British Institute of Human Rights, a member of the Advisory Board of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a member of the Editorial Board of the European Human Rights Law Review.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Liszt: Totentanz
Byron Janis (piano)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner (conductor)

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A, K.201
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Etude, Op. 111 No. 2 'Traits chromatiques: Allegretto'

    Performers: Piers Lane (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA 67037.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Helios Overture

    Performers: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    • EMI CZS 569758 2.
  • 9.15: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Entflieh' mit mir, Op. 41 No. 2; Auf dem See Op. 41 No. 6

      Performers: Netherlands Chamber Choir, Uwe Gronostay (conductor)

      • GLOBE GLO5075.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Recorder Concerto in A minor, RV 108

    Performers: Gudrun Heyens (recorder), Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel (director)

    • ARCHIV 415 299 2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      What am I?

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

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorale Prelude 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland', BWV 659 (arr. Busoni)

    Performers: Alfred Brendel (piano)

    • PHILIPS 432 760 2.
  • Hector Berlioz

    The Damnation of Faust: Hungarian (Racokzy) March

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

    • MERCURY 434 328 2.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in F for 2 horns and strings TWV 52:F4

    Performers: Ulrich Huebner & Joerg Schultess (horns), La Stagione Frankfurt, Michael Schneider (conductor)

    • CPO 9999512.
  • trad/Playford

    Grimstock; Upon a Summer's Day; The Spanish Gypsy from The English Dancing Master

    Performers: The Broadside Band

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HM901152.
  • 10am: Proms Artists Recommend - Thomas Sondergard

    • Richard Strauss

      Four Last Songs

      Performers: Jessye Norman (soprano),Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 464 742 2.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Song without words op 102 no 5

    Performers: Murray Perahia (piano)

  • 10.30: Sir Nicolas Bratza's Choices

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Requiem: In Paradisum

      Performers: The Cambridge Singers, John Scott (organ), John Rutter (conductor)

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 3 (conclusion)

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • DG 471 502 2.
  • Zoltán Kodály


    Performers: Cantemus, Denes Szabo (conductor)

    • HUNGAROTON HCD 31291.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Franz Liszt


      Performers: Byron Janis (piano), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)

      • RCA 09026 612502.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasia in D minor K397 (organ version)

    Performers: Janos Sebestyen (organ)

    • NAXOS 8550514.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 29 in A, K.201

    Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)

    • DECCA 444 323 2.


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