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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Branford Marsalis

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the piano music of Claude Debussy; Artist of the Week: Marin Alsop; Essential Choice: Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat (Part 2).

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love - the piano music of Claude Debussy'.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the story and tell us what happens next.

During London Jazz Festival week, Sarah?s guest is the virtuoso saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis, leader of the acclaimed Branford Marsalis Quartet. Although primarily known for his work in jazz, Marsalis is also a sought-after soloist with classical ensembles and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. Branford will be sharing his favourite classical music every day at 10am.

This week's featured artist is the inspiring conductor Marin Alsop, director of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

This week's Essential Choices all have a Swiss connection.
The Three-Cornered Hat, Part 2
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Ernest Ansermet (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz von Suppé

    Boccaccio: Act III March

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Debussy's Piano Music

    • Claude Debussy

      Pour le piano

      Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
      • BIS.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Cantique de Jean Racine

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • King's College.
  • Henry Purcell

    Abdelazar: Air – Jig – Hornpipe – Air

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
  • Franz Schubert

    Polonaise in B flat

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Performer: Gidon Kremer. Conductor: Emil Tchakarov.
    • DG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Alborada del gracioso

    Conductor: Jean Martinon. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris.
    • EMI.
  • Lorenzo Allegri


    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • Coro.
  • Branford Marsalis' Choice No. 1

    • François Couperin

      Concert Royaux: No. 7

      Performer: Susie Napper. Performer: Bruce Haynes. Performer: Arthur Haas.
      • Atma.
  • Branford Marsalis' Choice No. 2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita No. 4 in D major: Sarabande

      Performer: Angela Hewitt.
      • Hyperion.
  • Artist of the Week: Marin Alsop

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Symphonic Variations

      Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
      • Naxos.
  • Valesova

    Improvisation on Czech and Slovak Folk Songs

    Performer: Lada Valesova.
  • Essential Choice

    • Manuel de Falla

      The Three-Cornered Hat, Part 2

      Conductor: Ernest Ansermet. Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra.
      • Decca.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.47

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio. Performer: Samuel Rhodes.
    • Philips.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Ewiger, machtiger, gutiger Gott (conclusion of Spring from The Seasons)

    Singer: Florian Boesch. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Performer: Collegium Vocale Gent. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Singer: Maximilian Schmitt. Singer: Christina Landshamer.

Musical Challenge - Classical Consequences

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent nearly a quarter of his life on the road. In 1770, aged 14, he made his first trip to Italy, in the company of his father Leopold. On a visit to Rome they stopped off at the Sistine Chapel and caught a performance of the papal choir’s pièce de résistance, Allegri’s ‘Miserere’. What happened next?


He wrote out the piece, in its entirety, from memory.


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