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?
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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).