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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Andrew Marr

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love La Folia; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: violinist Joshua Bell; Essential Choice: Bach: Kyrie and Gloria (Mass in B minor).

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: spot the theme linking three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth.

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.

B minor mass (Kyrie and Gloria)
Collegium Vocale
Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 642

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • DG.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Athalie, Op.74 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi.
    • Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos.3 - 5; THe Hebrides, etc. - Wiener Philharmoniker, D.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • 5 reasons to love... La Folia

    • Arcangelo Corelli

      Violin Sonata in D minor Op.5 No.12 'Follia'

      Performer: Andrew Manze. Performer: Richard Egarr.
  • Frank Bridge

    The Story of My Heart (Two Poems)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • John Sheppard

    Sacris solemniis

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • Hyperion.
  • Artist of the Week: Joshua Bell

    • Maurice Ravel


      Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
      • DECCA.
  • John Philip Sousa

    The Gridiron Club

    Conductor: Frederick Fennell. Orchestra: Eastman Wind Ensemble.
  • Andrew Marr's Choice No. 1

    • Thomas Arne

      The Morning

      Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
      • HYPERION.
  • Andrew Marr's Choice No. 2

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 16 (2nd mvt)

      Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI: 34

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
  • Artist of the Week: Joshua Bell

    • Samuel Barber

      Violin Concerto

      Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
  • Essential Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      B minor mass (Kyrie and Gloria)

      Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra.
  • Anon.

    I know a stronghold in heaven

    Ensemble: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Symphony no. 1 in D major, [complete]

    Ensemble: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Gounod/Bizet: Symphony no.1/L'Arlesienne: St Paul Chamber Orch/Hogwood.
    • Decca.

Find the Fourth

The connection was suits of cards (Hearts, Diamonds, Spades and Clubs) and the missing fourth was Clubs.


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