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Friday - Sarah Walker with James Palumbo

With Sarah Walker. Five Reasons to Love Ballet Music; Musical challenge: Relative Values; Artist of the Week: trumpeter Alison Balsom; Essential Choice: Stravinsky: The Firebird.

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.

Relative Values
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

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.

Firebird (complete ballet)
Berlin Philharmonic
Bernard Haitink (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Thomas Morley

    Fyer, fyer!

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Director: John Rutter.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... ballet music

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Nutcracker: No. 14 Pas de deux

      Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
      • EMI.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Dardanus Suite

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Waltz No. 1

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • anon

    Musical Challenge - Relative Values

  • Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev

    Twelve Choruses Op.27 - Stars

    Choir: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Tõnu Kaljuste.
    • GLOBE.
  • anon

    Musical Challenge - Relative Values

  • Sarah's choice for James Palumbo

    • Bedrich Smetana

      Avlast - The Moldau

      Conductor: George Szell. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
      • SONY.
  • Frank Bridge

    Two Poems – The Open Air

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Morning Star

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Hyperion.
  • François Couperin

    Pieces de clavecin - ordre no. 8, Gigue

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Couperin: Keyboard Music 1: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 23.
  • Artist of the Week: Alison Balsom

    • Henry Purcell

      The Fairy Queen Z.629 – Suite of Musicks and Dances

      Conductor: Trevor Pinnock. Ensemble: The English Concert. Performer: Alison Balsom.
      • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro for strings, Op 47

    Conductor: John Barbirolli. Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Ensemble: Allegri String Quartet.
    • Elgar/Vaughan Williams: English String Music: Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Essential Choice

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Firebird

      Conductor: Bernard Haitink. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Eight Concert Etudes - Nos. 5&6

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Birthday Ode for Queen Anne HWV74 ‘Eternal source of light divine’

    Conductor: Trevor Pinnock. Ensemble: The English Concert. Singer: Iestyn Davies. Performer: Alison Balsom.
    • EMI.

Musical Challenge

Bridge was Britten's teacher

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Cello Sonata: Movement I
Steven Doane (cello)
Barry Snyder (piano)

Peter Grimes, Act III: Interlude V Evening (Moonlight)
London Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)


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