Tuesday - Sarah Walker with John Humphrys
With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Beethoven's Bagatelles, featuring Steven Osborne; Artist of the Week: Pierre Boulez; Sarah's Essential Choice: Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances.
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.
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify what happens next.
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
Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor).
Musical Challenge - Classical Consequences
At the climax of Puccini’s opera, Tosca, the heroine leaps to her death from the walls of the Castel Sant’Angelo. Usually a thick mattress is positioned to break her fall, but, on one occasion, the safety-conscious stagehands came up with a different solution … So imagine, we’re at the end of Act 3, Tosca is about to be arrested for the murder of Scarpia, but she evades their clutches, runs to the parapet and hurls herself over … What happened next?
The stagehands had replaced the mattress with a trampoline: the result was that, after dramatically jumping off the rampart, Tosca kept reappearing from behind the wall, bouncing up and down.