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Thursday - Sarah Walker with John Humphrys

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Beethoven's Bagatelles, featuring Steven Osborne; Artist of the Week: Pierre Boulez; Essential Choice: Strauss: Suite (Le bourgeois gentilhomme).

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.

Who is the Mystery Composer?
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the mystery composer.
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
Le bourgeois gentilhomme - suite, Op.60
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Erich Leinsdorf (conductor).

2 hours, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Requiem, Op. 48: 3. Sanctus

    Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Conductor: Michel Legrand. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • TELDEC.
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal: Prelude, Act 1

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaëton, Op 39

    Performer: Anthony Newman. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony/Tone Poems: Pittsburgh Symphony/Maazel.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 5.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier


    Conductor: Paul Paray. Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    • MERCURY.
  • Richard Strauss

    Le bourgeois gentilhomme: Suite, Op. 60

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
    • ASV.
  • Claude Debussy


    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Choir: The John Alldis Choir.
  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Constantin Silvestri.
    • Royal Classics.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Karel Ančerl.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Der Gartner

    Singer: Stephan Genz. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in C minor Hob. 26 No. 20: Andante con moto

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in E flat major, Op.33 No.1; Bagatelle in E flat major, Op.126 No.6

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Ola Gjeilo

    Northern Lights

    Choir: Phoenix Chorale. Director: Charles Bruffy.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude No. 1 in C, No. 5 in G, No. 10 in B minor and No. 6 in F minor

    Performer: Santiago Rodriguez.
    • ELAN.
  • Joseph Martin Kraus

    Danza di Elmira

    Ensemble: Sarband. Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Director: Vladimir Ivanoff. Director: Werner Ehrhardt.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for lute, strings and continuo in D major, RV93

    Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Director: Roy Goodman. Performer: Paul O’Dette. Director: Peter Holman.

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