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Monday - Sarah Walker with John Humphrys

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Beethoven's Bagatelles; Mapping the Music; Artist of the Week: Pierre Boulez; Sarah's Essential Choice: Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5.

Sarah Walker with her guest, journalist and broadcaster John Humphrys.

A selection of music including Sarah's Essential CD of the Week: Beethoven's Bagatelles performed by Scottish pianist Steven Osborne.

Mapping the Music
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.
Artist of the Week: Pierre Boulez
Throughout the week we explore recordings of the influential French composer and conductor. Sarah showcases his interpretations of 20th-century masters Ravel, Stravinsky, Liszt and Debussy.

Sarah is joined by John Humphrys, who shares a selection of his favourite classical music. Currently presenter of BBC Two's Mastermind and BBC Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme Today, John is known as a tenacious and forthright interviewer. He talks to Sarah about his award-winning career as a journalist and broadcaster as well as the role classical music has played in his life.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Vaughan Williams
Symphony No.5
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox (conductor).

2 hours, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • anon

    Musical Challenge - Mapping the Music

    Orchestra: anon.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Ma Mere l'Oye

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 21 in E minor

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • DECCA.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Beatus Vir Primo (Selva morale et spirituali)

    Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Ensemble: Cantus Cölln.
    • HMC.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    The Far East Suite: Bluebird of Delhi

    Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. Composer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • BMG.
  • George Gershwin

    Stairway to Paradise (George White's Scandals)

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett.
    • Gershwin/Kern etc: That certain feeling: Richard Rodney Bennett.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan and Ludmila (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Percy Grainger

    Jutish Medley

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No. 5 in D

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelles, Op. 119 - nos.6 - 10

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K 467 - 2. Andante & 3. Allegro vivace

    Performer: Anda Géza. Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg.
    • DG.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Concerto grosso Op.1 No.1

    Ensemble: Raglan Baroque Players. Director: Elizabeth Wallfisch. Director: Nicholas Kraemer.
    • Hyperion.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in C major No. 2 D. 32

    Ensemble: Quatuor Sine Nomine.

Musical Challenge - Mapping the Music


It was Alassio, the town on the Italian riviera


The music played:

In the South 'Alassio'
Cedric Morgan (solo viola)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Constantin Silvestri (conductor)


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