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Monday - Sarah Walker with Victoria Wood

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Bach at Christmas; Challenge: Mapping the Music; pianist Martha Argerich; Essential Choice: Beethoven: Piano Trio in D (Ghost).

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Sarah Walker. Her guest is the comedian, actress, writer and director Victoria Wood.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Bach at Christmas.' Sarah showcases choruses and arias from works composed by Bach especially for performance at Christmas, including Part II of the Christmas Oratorio and the opening chorus of Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, first performed by Bach in Leipzig on Christmas Day, 1724.

Musical challenge: Mapping the Music

Sarah's guest, sharing her favourite classical music every day at 10am, is one of the UK's best-loved writers and performers: the comedian and actress Victoria Wood. She also talks about the new musical TV adaptation of her stage play That Day We Sang, which will premiere on BBC Two over Christmas.

This week's featured artist is the acclaimed Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich. Renowned for her individual virtuosity, Argerich is also known for her love of ensemble playing. Sarah showcases Argerich's solo recordings including works by Brahms, Ravel and Chopin and explores her collaborations with other musicians, highlighting Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata with cellist Mischa Maisky and Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. As a festive treat, we'll also hear a playful two-piano arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

Piano Trio in D major 'Ghost'.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Eduard Strauss

    Fesche Geister - waltz (Op.75)

    Conductor: Willi Boskovsky. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Johann Strauss: Waltzes, Polkas, Marches etc.: Weiner Philharmoniker, Boskovsky.
    • London.
    • 11.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Bogoroditsye Dyevo

    Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
  • Artist of the Week: Martha Argerich

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Mazurka in A minor, Op.59 No.1 and Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op.59 No.3

      Performer: Martha Argerich.
      • EMI.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Bach at Christmas

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV70, Part II

      Singer: Christoph Prégardien. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman. Choir: Amsterdam Baroque Choir. Singer: Klaus Mertens.
      • ERATO.
  • Nikolai Artciboucheff

    Kopylov's Polka, Sokolov's Polka and Artciboucheff's Serenade

    Ensemble: Vertavo Quartet. Composer: Alexander Kopylov. Composer: Sokolov.
    • SIMAX.
  • Franz Schubert

    Adagio and Rondo concertante, D 487

    Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • EMI.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt: Peer Gynt’s Homecoming: Stormy Evening on the Sea; Solveig’s Song

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Victoria Wood's Choice No. 1

    • Henry Purcell

      Nymphs and shepherds (The Libertine)

      Music Arranger: Sir Hamilton Harty. Choir: Manchester Children's Choir. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Hamilton Harty.
      • BEULAH.
  • Victoria Wood's Choice No. 2

    • Malcolm Arnold

      The Belles of St Trinian's (Prelude)

      Music Arranger: Christopher Palmer. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Victoria Wood's Choice No. 3

    • Astor Piazzolla


      Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Néstor Marconi. Performer: Antonio Agri. Performer: Horatio Malvicino. Performer: Leonardo Marconi. Music Arranger: Jorge Calandrelli. Singer: Héctor Console.
  • Arnold Bax

    The Happy Forest, Symphonic Poem

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Made In Britain.
    • Avie.
    • 5.
  • Artist of the Week: Martha Argerich

    • Maurice Ravel

      Piano Concerto in G

      Performer: Martha Argerich. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
      • DG.
  • Trad. arr. Barwinski

    Szczo to za prediwo (What a wonderful surprise)

    Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
  • John Rutter

    There is a flower

    Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
  • Ramirez arr. Knight

    La Peregrinacion

    Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
  • The Building a Library Recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Trio in D major, Op 70 No 1, 'Ghost'

      Performer: Andreas Staier. Performer: Daniel Sepec. Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet: Young Juliet; Arrival of the guests; Masks; Dance of the Knig

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • SONY.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der kreise Kopf; Die Krähe (Winterreise)

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Gerald Finley.

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