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Friday - Sarah Walker with Victoria Wood

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Bach at Christmas; Musical Challenge: Find the Fourth; pianist Martha Argerich; Sarah's Essential Choice: Schumann: Piano Quintet.

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: Find the Fourth

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 Quintet Op.44
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Artemis Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Eric Coates

    Cinderella: A Phantasy

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • AVIE.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet movement in F major, B120

    Ensemble: Kvarteto města Prahy.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in F major, HWV 293

    Performer: Ton Koopman. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
    • ERATO.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Totus tuus

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • EMI.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto a 5 in G minor, Op. No.8

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Orchestra: I Musici.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Polka 'Pleasure Train'

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Mouton

    Puer natus est nobis

    Choir: The Marian Singers.
  • Michael c.1571-1621) Praetorius

    Terpsichore No.32: La Bourée

    Conductor: Fritz Neumeyer. Ensemble: Collegium Terpsichore.
    • DG.
  • Peter Cornelius

    Die Könige, Op 8 No 3

    Music Arranger: Stephen Layton. Choir: Polyphony. Singer: Stephen Rice. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Franz Schmidt

    Intermezzo from 'Notre Dame'

    Orchestra: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
  • Franz Schubert

    Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D 821

    Performer: Mischa Maisky. Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 44

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Ensemble: Artemis Quartet.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Danses caractéristiques, Op 71 (The Nutcracker)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nicolas Economou. Music Arranger: Nicolas Economou.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Opening of the Christmas Oratorio, Part II

    Orchestra: The Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Michael George. Singer: Libby Crabtree. Ensemble: The Sixteen.
    • CORO.

Find the Fourth

The connection was Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. The music played was 'O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden' from Bach's St Matthew Passion (HEAD), 'For unto us a Child is born' from Handel's Messiah (SHOULDER) and 'Sweet and Low-Down' from Tip-Toes by Gershwin (TOES). So the answer was KNEES.


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