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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with James Palumbo

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Ballet Music; Challenge: Mystery Composer; Artist of the Week: trumpeter Alison Balsom; Sarah's Essential Choice: Debussy: Jeux.

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.

Mystery Composer
Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery composer.

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.

London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Allegro in B minor, Op. 8

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Robert Schumann

    Manfred - incidental music (Op.115), Overture

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • Giulini in America: Los Angeles Philharmonic/Giulini.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 5.
  • Hermann Raupach

    Alsesta: March

    Conductor: I Barocchisti. Conductor: Diego Fasolis.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Ballet Scores

    • Peter Ludwig Hertel

      Clog Dance (La fille mal gardée)

      Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Lanchbery.
      • EMI.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Variations Op.41

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonore Overture No. 2

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Teldec.
  • Henry Purcell

    If music be the food of love

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina. Conductor: Stefano Montanari.
    • Henry Purcell, O Solitude: Andreas Scholl/Accademia Bizantina.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Erik Satie

    Trois Morceaux en Forme De Poire – Manière de commencement; Prolongation du même

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Performer: Eric Lesage.
  • Jean-Joseph de Mondonville

    Sonata in F major, Op 3 No 2

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Jacques Arcadelt

    Tutto ‘l di piango

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Africa –Fantaisie for piano and orchestra Op.89

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Stephen Hough. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • James Palumbo's Choice No. 1

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Sleeping Beauty: Act I, No. 9 Finale

      Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra.
      • DG.
  • James Palumbo's Choice No. 2

    • Richard Wagner

      Das Rheingold (conclusion)

      Singer: Helga Dernesch. Singer: Theo Adam. Singer: Wolfgang Windgassen. Singer: Dorothea Siebert. Singer: Ruth Hesse. Conductor: Karl Böhm. Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
      • Philips.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni, Act II: “Deh Vieni a la Finestra”

    Singer: Johannes Weisser. Conductor: René Jacobs. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • James Palumbo's Choice No. 3

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Don Giovanni, Act II: “Deh Vieni a la Finestra”

      Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Singer: Gerald Finley.
      • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    3 Waltzes Op.34 for piano: no.3 in F major

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Chopin - Valses; Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales; Stephen Kovacevich.
    • 9.
  • Artist of the Week: Alison Balsom

    • Joseph Haydn

      Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

      Performer: Alison Balsom. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
      • EMI.
  • Cyril Scott

    Early one Morning

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Peter Warlock

    An Old Song

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • LYRITA.
  • Essential Choice

    • Claude Debussy


      Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • LSO LIVE.
  • Artist of the Week: Alison Balsom

    • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

      Variations on ‘Mein junges Leben hat ein End’

      Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Quentin Thomas.
      • EMI.

Musical Challenge



I was a renowned keyboard player who gave my first public concert aged 5 and Liszt once called me the greatest organist in the world.


One of my pupils, Gabriel Fauré, once said I was ‘the closest France has come to producing another Mozart’.


I’m probably best known for my ‘grand zoological fantasy’ which I wrote for friends but is now one of the cornerstones of classical music. 

The answer:




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