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Monday - Sarah Walker with James Palumbo

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Ballet Music; Find the Fourth; Artist of the Week: trumpeter Alison Balsom; Sarah's Essential Choice: Stravinsky: Petrushka.

With Sarah Walker and her guest, the entrepreneur James Palumbo.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love - ballet music'. Throughout the week Sarah makes the case for ballet music and dips into scores from some of the masters of the art form including Tchaikovsky, Rameau and Prokofiev.

Find the Fourth
Take part in our daily musical challenge: spot the theme linking three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth.

Sarah's guest this week is the entrepreneur James Palumbo. James co-founded the Ministry of Sound nightclub in 1991. The business has since branched out into a number of areas, becoming a global brand and the largest independent record company in the world. James was recently made a life peer, taking the title Baron Palumbo of Southwark. James shares a selection of his favourite classical music with Sarah.

This week's featured artist is the trumpeter Alison Balsom.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Firebird – Dance of the Firebird

    Performer: İdil Biret.
    • NAXOS.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Ballet Scores

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Platee: Ballet Suite – Rigaudon I & II

      Orchestra: European Union Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
      • NAXOS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante défunte

    Conductor: Pierre Monteux. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • PHILIPS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in F major, Op. 4 No. 4

    Orchestra: The Sixteen Orchestra. Performer: Alastair Ross. Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • CORO.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Trumpet Overture in C Op.101

    Conductor: Kurt Masur. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Keyboard Sonata in E major, Kk.380

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Veni Sancte Spiritus

    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • CORO.
  • Gerald Finzi

    God is gone up

    Choir: The Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
    • CHANDOS.
  • James Palumbo's Choice No. 1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor: Prelude

      Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
      • EMI.
  • James Palumbo's Choice No. 2

    • Henry Purcell

      Funeral Music for Queen Mary: March

      Conductor: Harry Christophers. Orchestra: Orchestra of The Sixteen.
      • Collins.
  • James Palumbo's Choice No. 3

    • Thomas Morley

      “I am the resurrection and the life”

      Performer: Paul Nicholson. Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
      • Collins.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade for piano no. 2 (Op.38) in F major

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
    • EMI.
  • Artist of the Week: Alison Balsom

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Sonata in A – Rondo alla Turca

      Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Alison Balsom. Conductor: Edward Gardiner.
      • EMI.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in C BWV1055

      Performer: Alison Balsom. Conductor: Colm Carey.
      • EMI.
  • Grainger

    English Dance No.1 9:59

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Richard Hickox (conductor).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Essential Choice: Building a Library Recommendation

    • Igor Stravinsky


  • Johann Friedrich Fasch

    Concerto in D FWV L:D14 8:35

    Performer: The English Concert. Performer: Trevor Pinnock (conductor).
    • ARCHIV.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Snefrid Suite 12:56

    Performer: Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Thomas Dausgaard (conductor).
    • DACAPO.

Musical Challenge - Find the Fourth



Up, Down, Left, Right. The missing direction was UP.


The music played:


My Heart is Inditing: Upon thy Right Hand
The Sixteen
Orchestra of The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)


Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D
Krystian Zimerman (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Boulez (conductor)


A Child of Our Time: Go Down, Moses
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox (conductor)


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