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Music on the Brink: London

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: English Fantasia; The music and culture of London on the eve of World War One; Sarah's Essential Choice: Bridge: Dance Poem.

Sarah Walker and at 10.30am her guest, the historian Charles Emmerson, discussing the music and cultural trends in London on the eve of World War One.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: English Fantasia: favourite works of Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30: Only Connect

Artist of the Week: Elly Ameling

Sarah and her guest the historian and writer on international affairs Charles Emmerson discuss the music and cultural trends in London on the eve on World War 1, as part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink season.

Charles Emmerson is the author of "1913: The World Before the Great War", which tells the stories of twenty-three cities across the world - from Europe's capitals and the emerging metropolises of America, to the imperial cities of Asia and Africa. He has worked for the International Crisis Group, the World Economic Forum, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, working on resource security issues, foreign policy and global geopolitics.

Essential Choice: Music on the Brink - London

Dance Poem
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Richard Hickox (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Blute nur, du liebes Herze (St Matthew Passion)

    Singer: Elly Ameling. Orchestra: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Münchinger.
    • Philips.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Amy Beach

    Serenade after Richard Strauss's Ständchen

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Guild.
  • Frank Bridge

    Dance Poem for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Edward Elgar


    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury.
    • Sony.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    L'Ondine, Op 101

    Performer: Peter Jacobs.
    • Chaminade: Piano Music - 1, Peter Jacobs.
    • Helios.
    • 6.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Winterreigen: Widmung; Valse amiable

    Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • Hyperion.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Wild Bears (The Wand of Youth Suite No 2)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera.
    • Elgar: The Starlight Express: Welsh National Opera Orchestra/Mackerras.
    • Argo.
    • 13.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma', Op. 36: Nimrod

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 3 No 1

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Warner.
  • Percy Grainger

    Shepherd's Hey!

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • LONDON.
  • Percy Grainger

    Handel in the Strand

    Performer: Penelope Thwaites. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Gustav Holst

    Second Suite for Military Band, Op. 28 No. 2

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata in F, Op. 24 'Spring'

    Performer: Josef Suk. Performer: Jan Panenka.
    • Supraphon.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Trumpet Overture, Op.101

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 3

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10-13.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Luonnotar, Op 70

    Singer: Soile Isokoski. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • Ondine.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Irish Rhapsody No. 4, Op. 141 'The Fisherman of Loch Neagh and what he saw'

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Chandos.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Only Connect

The connection was Winter.

The music played:

Symphony No. 1, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor)

'At day close in November' (from Winter Words)
Ian Partridge (tenor)
Jennifer Partridge (piano)
ASV CDQS6172  

'Winter', Concerto No. 4 in F Minor from The Four Seasons, Op. 8, RV 297: Allegro
Andrew Manze (violin)
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Ton Koopman (director)
ERATO 94811


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