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Thursday - 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: Dvorak: Piano Concerto.

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

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

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.
Piano Concerto
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No.7 in A major

    Conductor: Iván Fischer. Music Arranger: Iván Fischer. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian Dances

    Choir: Beecham Choral Society. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Oboe Concerto, RV 450 in C major

    Performer: Ensemble Zefiro.
    • NAIVE.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Debussy's Piano Music

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes, Book I: No. 5 Collines d'anacapri

      Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
      • BIS.
  • Richard Wagner

    Hochsten Heiles Wunder! … Erlosung dem Erlöser! (Parsifal, Act III)

    Orchestra: Chorus and Orchestra of The Bayreuth Festival. Conductor: James Levine.

    Rondino in E flat, WoO25

    Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • EMI.
  • William Walton

    Orb and Sceptre

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
    • EMI.
  • Ivor Gurney

    I will go with my Father a-ploughing and Under the Greenwood Tree

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Paul Agnew.
  • Branford Marsalis' Choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Der Rosenkavalier; Act 3 - 'Hab' mir's gelobt, ihn lieb zu haben'

      Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Singer: Eberhard Wächter. Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Singer: Teresa Stich-Randall. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
      • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    3 Nocturnes for piano (Op.9), no.3 in B major;

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • Chopin: The Nocturnes: Maria Joao Pires.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Artist of the Week: Marin Alsop

    • Johannes Brahms

      Tragic Overture

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
      • NAXOS.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Viola Sonata in D minor (arr Julian Bliss for clarinet)

    Performer: Julian Bliss (clarinet). Performer: Bradley Moore (piano).
  • Essential Choice

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Piano Concerto (original published version from 1883)

      Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Francesco Piemontesi.
      • NAIVE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No 191, 'Gloria in excelsis Deo'

    Singer: Claron McFadden. Singer: Christoph Genz. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • J.S. Bach, Cantatas Vol 18: Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 8.

Musical Challenge - Mystery Composer

I grew up in Gloucester, was a chorister at the Cathedral and the surrounding countryside influenced me throughout my life. 
I wrote as many poems as I did songs, many about my experiences in WWI. 
Ill health plagued me throughout my life and I spent the last 15 years of my life in an asylum.  Ill health plagued me throughout my life and I spent the last 15 years of my life in an asylum.


Answer: Ivor Gurney


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