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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Victoria Wood

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Bach at Christmas; Challenge: Mystery Place; pianist Martha Argerich; Essential Choice: Haydn: Piano Trio in G (Gypsy Rondo).

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: Mystery Place

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.

Essential Choice

Piano Trio in G major 'Gypsy Rondo'
Florestan Trio.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Giovanni Pacoloni

    Saltarello della Duchessa

    Performer: Lynda Sayce. Performer: David Miller. Performer: Eligio Quinteiro.
    • Chaconne.
  • Ambroise Thomas

    Raymond: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • DECCA.
  • María Esteban de Valera


    Performer: Andrés Segovia.
    • Millennium Classics.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Bach at Christmas

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV40

      Conductor: Gustav Leonhardt. Singer: Marius van Altena. Singer: Max van Egmond. Choir: Knabenchor Hannover. Singer: René Jacobs. Ensemble: Leonhardt‐Consort.
      • TELDEC.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 in G

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Natalis Cordat

    Sus, chrétiens, préparons nous

    Ensemble: La Camera Delle Lacrime. Singer: Caroline Bardot. Singer: Bruno Bonhoure.
    • ALPHA.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Song without Words, Op 109

    Performer: Paul Watkins. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Richard Wagner

    Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Seigfried’s Rhine Journey

    Conductor: George Szell. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
  • Victoria Wood's Choice No. 1

    • Victoria Wood

      The Ballad Of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It)

      • EMI.
  • Victoria Wood's Choice No. 2

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49 (4th mvt)

      Performer: Julia Fischer. Performer: Jonathan Gilad. Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott.
      • PENTATONE.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Symphony no. 3 (Op.78) in C minor "Organ symphony"; final movement

    Performer: James OʼDonnell. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • LPO.
  • Artist of the Week: Martha Argerich

    • Johannes Brahms

      2 Rhapsodies, Op.79

      Performer: Martha Argerich.
      • DG.
  • Joaquín Turina

    La Oracion del torero (The prayer of the bull-fighter)

    Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
  • Essential Choice

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Trio in G major, H XV 25, 'Gypsy'

      Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
      • Haydn - Piano Trios vol.1 (Florestan Trio).
      • HYPERION.
      • 4-6.
  • Franz Xaver Gruber

    O Tannenbaum; Kommet, ihr Hirten; Leise rieselt der Schnee

    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K.504

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Linn.
  • Gottschalk arr. Katsaris

    The Banjo

    Performer: Cyprien Katsaris (piano).

Mystery Place

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus


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