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Friday - Sarah Walker with John Humphrys

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Beethoven's Bagatelles; Artist of the Week: Pierre Boulez; Sarah's Essential Choice: Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches.

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.

Find the Fourth
Take part in today's music-related challenge: hear three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth piece.
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
Pomp and Circumstance Marches
New Philharmonia Orchestras
Sir John Barbirolli (conductor).

2 hours, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Alessandro - Overture and Opening Scene

    Ensemble: Armonia Atenea. Conductor: George Petrou. Singer: Max Emanuel Cenčić.
    • DECCA.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Max Bruch

    Romance in F for viola and orchestra, Op. 85

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
    • DECCA.
  • Reynaldo Hahn

    Romance in A major

    Performer: Charles Sewart. Performer: Stephen Coombs.
    • Reynaldo Hahn: Chamber Music: Room-Music.
    • Helios.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 104

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Post, no.13 from Winterreise, D.911

    Performer: Helmut Deutsch. Singer: Jonas Kaufmann.
    • Schubert Winterreise.
    • 13.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos 2-5

    Conductor: John Barbirolli. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo


    Performer: Alexander Markovich. Performer: Sergei Nakariakov.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 - II. Andante

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Performer: Martin Helmchen.
    • LPO.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    11 Bagatelles Op 119: Nos 1-3 - (G minor Allegretto, C major Andante con moto, D major À l'Allemande)

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Turlough O'Carolan

    Planxty Irwin

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo fantastique

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.

Musical Challenge - Find the Fourth

The music we heard:

Gershwin: Summertime

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in F Op.24 'Spring'

Vivaldi: Concerto ion F Op.8 No.3 RV293 'L'autunno'

The connection is the Seasons

So the missing fourth connection is winter


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