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Tuesday - 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: Mozart: Symphony No 41 in C.

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: listen to the clues and identify the mystery object.
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.

This week's Essential Choices are all contrapuntal masterpieces.

Jupiter Symphony
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    6 Moments musicaux for piano (D.780), no.3 in F minor

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Great Pianist of the 20th Century: Andras Schiff.
    • Philips.
    • 9.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Sappho von Mitilene Suite, Op 68 (Overture)

    Ensemble: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Howard Shelley.
    • Hummel - Ballet Music.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Alexander Borodin

    String Sextet

    Performer: Louise Williams. Performer: Raphael Wallfisch. Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
    • ASV.
  • 5 reasons to love... La Folia

    • George Frideric Handel

      Keyboard Suite No.11 in D minor HWV437 – Sarabande

      Performer: Andrei Gavrilov.
      • EMI.
  • Diego Ortiz

    Recercada segunda de tenore (Trattado de glosas)

    Performer: Pamela Thorby. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • Garden of Early Delights: Pamely Thorby.
    • Linn.
    • 1.
  • Artist of the week: Joshua Bell

    • Jules Massenet

      Thaïs (Meditation)

      Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
      • DECCA.
  • Gustav Holst

    St Pauls Suite

    Conductor: Malcolm Sargent. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    The Musical Snuff-Box, Op.32

    Orchestra: Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Enrique Bátiz.
    • ASV.
  • Andrew Marr's Choice No. 1

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No. 3 (conclusion)

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
      • EMI.
  • Andrew Marr's Choice No. 2

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Falstaff, Act 3, Part II: ‘Sul fil d’un soffio etesio’

      Ensemble: Philharmonia Chorus. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
      • EMI.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Dance of the Insects (Homage to the Queen)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Artist of the week: Joshua Bell

    • Henryk Wieniawski

      Violin Concerto No.2

      Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmen Suite No 2 (Danse bohème arr Horowitz)

    Performer: Yuja Wang. Music Arranger: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Yuja Wang - Fantasia.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Essential Choice

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Symphony No.41 in C K.551 ‘Jupiter’

      Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
      • LINN.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    O magnum mysterium à 6

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Martin Baker.
    • Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina, Missa Hodie Christus Natus Est etc....
    • 11.
  • Riccardo Drigo

    Esmerelda: Pas de deux

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Decca Eloquence.

Mystery Object

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