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Wednesday - 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: Dvorak: New World Symphony.

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.

Relative Values
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the personal relationship which connects two pieces of music.
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
Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 'From the New World'
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop (conductor).

2 hours, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Klavierstuck in A minor 'Fur Elise' and Bagatelle in C minor

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Gustav Holst

    Second Suite for Military Band

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Notturno in B major, Op 40

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Hermann Prey. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DECCA.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Une barque sur l'ocean

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
    • DG.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Sonata in C minor

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird (Suite, 1910)

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • SONY.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op.132: iii. Heliiger Dankgesang eines Genesenen…

    Performer: Takács Quartet.
    • Decca.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Grande valse brillante in E flat major, Op 18

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049

    Orchestra: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos: Concerto Italiano.
    • Naive.
    • 1.

Musical Challenge - Relative Values


The relationship was father and son.

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