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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Victoria Wood

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Bach at Christmas; Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind; pianist Martha Argerich; Sarah's Essential Choice: Mendelssohn: Octet.

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: Recording Rewind

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

Ensemble Explorations.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Trad

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

    Ensemble: Armonico Consort. Director: Christopher Monks.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV91

    Singer: Yukari Nonoshita. Singer: Robin Blaze. Singer: Gerd Türk. Singer: Peter Kooij. Choir: Bach Collegium Japan. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Director: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS.
  • Besancon carol tune arr. Shaw

    Shepherds shake off your drowsy sleep

    Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
  • Alexander Borodin

    In the Steppes of Central Asia

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Constantin Silvestri.
    • EMI.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Sleigh Ride

    Performer: Cameron Carpenter.
  • Edward Elgar

    Harmony Music no.1

    Ensemble: Athena Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Kaiser-Walzer, Op.437

    Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite from Almira

    Music Arranger: Peter Holman. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Director: Peter Holman.
  • Jacqueline Burley

    Can it be true?

    Performer: Richard Pearce. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill. Lyricist: Susan Hill.
  • Trad.

    Shepherds Pipe Carol

    Performer: Jeremy Blandford. Conductor: John Rutter. Choir: Clare College Singers. Music Arranger: John Rutter. Orchestra: Clare College Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Die Fledermaus: overture

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Hans Christian Lumbye

    Champagne Galop

    Conductor: Peter Guth. Orchestra: Odense Symfoniorkester.
    • REGIS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Octet in E flat major, Op 20

    Ensemble: Ensemble Explorations.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Quem vidistis pastores

    Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen, Op 22)

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • ONDINE.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.

Recording Rewind

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


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