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Friday - 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; Sarah's Essential Choice: Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin.

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

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

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.
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV1049

    Conductor: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: The English Concert.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    On the town - stage musical, Times square

    Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Copland/Bernstein: Billy the Kid etc.: Slatkin/de Waart.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Chichester Psalms

    Singer: Jeremy Budd. Singer: Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen. Singer: Paul Charrier. Conductor: Marin Alsop. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Victoria Naylor. Choir: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.
    • NAXOS.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Zapateado, Op. 23

    Performer: Sarah Chang. Performer: Charles Abramovic.
    • EMI.
  • Claude Debussy

    Rêverie arr Cassidy for string quartet

    Music Arranger: Paul Cassidy. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin: suite

    Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
    • DECCA.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op 60

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Chopin: 26 Preludes Scherzo NR. 2 - Martha Argerich.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 27.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Rapsodia espanola

    Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Music Arranger: Cristóbal Halffter. Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
  • Clara Schumann

    Romance Op.11 No.1

    Performer: Lucy Parham.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    March in B flat, WoO29

    Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • EMI.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'isle joyeuse

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Sextet in B flat Major, Op.18

    Performer: William Pleeth. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet. Performer: Cecil Aronowitz.
    • DG.
  • Erik Satie

    3 Sarabandes; No. 3

    Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.
  • Richard Wagner

    Die Meistersinger: Act 2 Scenes 6 and 7 - "Der Tag Er Sich Erscheinen"

    Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Kelly Anderson. Performer: Alan Opie. Performer: Ben Heppner. Performer: Iris Vermillion. Performer: Herbert Lippert. Performer: René Pape. Performer: José van Dam.
    • DECCA.
  • William Byrd

    Ave verum corpus

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Martin Baker.

Musical Challenge - Relative Values

Answer: Robert and Clara Schumann, husband and wife

The music played:


Myrthen, Op. 25: Widmung
Barbara Bonney (soprano)
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)


Clara Schumann
Barbara Bonney (soprano)
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)


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