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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Branford Marsalis

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the piano music of Claude Debussy; Artist of the Week: conductor Marin Alsop; Sarah's Essential Choice: Honegger: Pastorale d'ete.

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

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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.
Pastorale d'ete
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonio Caldara

    Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Debussy

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes, Book I: No. 12 Minstrels

      Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
      • BIS.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade in E minor

    Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Divertimento for oboe and string quartet

    Ensemble: Fibonacci Sequence.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations on "See the conquering hero comes", WoO 45

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Waltz of the Flowers

    Conductor: Ernest Ansermet. Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra.
  • Branford Marsalis' Choice No. 1

    • Samuel Barber

      Knoxville: Summer of 1915

      Conductor: Thomas Schippers. Singer: Leontyne Price. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
      • RCA.
  • Branford Marsalis Choice No. 2

    • Gustav Mahler


      Performer: Charles Spencer. Singer: Anne Schwanewilms.
      • Onyx.
  • Artist of the Week: Marin Alsop

    • George Gershwin

      Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz band version orch. Grofé

      Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop. Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
      • DECCA.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in B flat, RV579

    Performer: The King’s Consort. Performer: Robert King.
    • HELIOS.
  • Essential Choice

    • Arthur Honegger

      Pastorale d’ete

      Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
      • LPO.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in G, Hob XVI:27

    Performer: Ekaterina Dershavina.
    • PROPHIL.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 3 in F, Op.90

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.

Musical Challenge - Recording Rewind

Answer: The Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker



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