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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Shami Chakrabarti

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Verdi Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music; Mystery Voice; Artists of the Week: The Hagen Quartet; Shami Chakrabarti; Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1.

With Sarah Walker and her guest, human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti.

A selection of music including Sarah's Essential CD of the Week: Verdi's Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mystery Voice
Take part in our daily musical challenge: Try to identify the character who is singing.

Artists of the Week: The Hagen Quartet, an Austrian group long admired for their collaborative spirit, quality of sound and range of recordings. Sarah will showcase music ranging from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Hugo Wolf.

Sarah is joined by Shami Chakrabarti, who shares some of her favourite classical music. Director of the British advocacy organisation Liberty since 2003, Shami Chakrabarti is a leading human rights campaigner. She talks to Sarah about her career as well as the role classical music has played in her life.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Symphony No.1 in D minor Op.13
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in A flat, Op. 64 no. 3

    Performer: Claudio Arrau.
    • Philips.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Prelude to 'Un ballo in maschera'

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Downes.
  • George Frideric Handel

    My heart is inditing HWV261

    Choir: Clare College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Orchestra: European Union Baroque Orchestra.
  • Eric Coates

    The Three Elizabeths: I. Halcyon Days

    Orchestra: The London Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • Land of Hope and Glory.
    • Decca.
    • 6.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cypresses (No 1)

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Amilcare Ponchielli

    La Gioconda 'Cielo e mar!'

    Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Singer: Carlo Bergonzi.
    • DECCA.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    • Chandos.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 'American'

    Performer: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Josef Suk

    Things lived and dreamt [Zivotem a snem] for piano (Op.30), no.8;

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Suk: Piano Works: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Chandos.
    • 8.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claus Peter Flor.
    • RCA.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Musical Challenge - Mystery Voice

    Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Singer: Carlo Bergonzi. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
    • DECCA.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Capriccio Espagnol Op. 34

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: André Cluytens.
    • EMI.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No. 1

    Performer: Russian National Orchestra. Choir: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Three movements for piano - Russian Dance

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.

Today's Answer - Mystery Voice

Manrico, singing "Di Quella Pira" from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.


The music played:


Il Trovatore: "Di quella pira"      
Manrico: Carlo Bergonzi (tenor)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milan
Tullio Serafin (conductor)


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