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Monday - Sarah Walker with Andrew Marr

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love La Folia; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: violinist Joshua Bell; Sarah's Essential Choice: Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Sarah Walker. Her guest this week is the broadcaster and writer Andrew Marr.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...La Folia.' This week Sarah explores the musical phenomenon La Folia, one of the oldest remembered European musical themes. Literally meaning madness or folly, this theme has its roots in the 16th century and was first published in 1672. It has since been used by more than 150 composers.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you tell us what happened next?

Sarah's guest this week, discussing his favourite classical music every day at 10am, is the broadcaster and writer Andrew Marr. He reveals the important role music played in his recovery after he suffered a stroke in 2013, and in particular the recuperative effects of Mahler. Andrew also shares his love of Verdi's Falstaff, Schubert lieder and the music of Thomas Arne, as well as his interest in Russian music including works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

Sarah's featured artist this week is the virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell. One of the most celebrated violinists of his time, Bell has made more than forty recordings since he recorded his first LP aged just eighteen. Equally at home as both a soloist and a chamber musician, Bell is also an acclaimed orchestra leader and has recently named as the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Sarah explores Bell's performances of works by composers including Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Mozart.

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

Missa Papae Marcelli.

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Prelude No 1

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: John Williams.
    • Sony.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in A flat major, Op 23 No 8

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
  • Joachim Raff

    Romeo and Juliet Overture WoO51

    Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Clément Janequin

    Le chant des oiseaux

    Ensemble: Concert Clemens.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... La Folia

    • Rodrigo Martínez

      La Folia - Improvisations D'Après Le Villancico Du CMP (Anonyme)

      Director: Jordi Savall.
      • ALIA VOX.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Romance, Op 78 No 2

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Samuel Sanders.
    • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.42 in F K.75

    Orchestra: Symfonický orchestr hlavního města Prahy FOK. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • TELARC.
  • Franz Liszt

    Annee de Pelerinage: Book III Angelus!

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Andrew Marr's Choice No. 1

    • George Frideric Handel

      Messiah: excerpt

      Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Andrew Marr's Choice No. 2

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Piano Concerto No.2: slow movement & finale

      Performer: Dmitri Alexeev. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk.
      • EMI.
  • John Dowland

    My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Artist of the Week: Joshua Bell

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

      Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
      • SONY.
  • Amilcare Ponchielli

    La Gioconda - Dance of the Hours 8:54

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Essential Choice

    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Missa Papae Marcelli

      Conductor: Jeremy Summerly. Choir: Oxford Camerata.
      • Naxos.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Lasst mich allein: no.1 from 4 Lieder, Op.82

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Anna Polonsky. Music Arranger: John Lenehan.
    • Alisa Weilerstein Dvorak.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Soir de fete, Op.32

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Novacek

    Moto perpetuo 2:45

    Performer: Joshua Bell (violin). Performer: Samuel Sanders (piano).
    • DECCA.

Classical Consequences

One day Liszt was asked to take tea with a noblewoman who had invited several of her friends, and had positioned her piano in the centre of the room, hoping that Liszt would play for them. When the composer arrived, he instantly realised the lady's intentions, and playing along asked her where the piano was. What happened next?


The lady was delighted at the prospect of Liszt playing for her audience, but dismayed when instead of playing the piano, the composer merely used it as a hat stand.


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