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Monday - Sarah Walker with Stuart Maconie

With Sarah Walker. Includes Five Reasons to Love Beecham Lollipops; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: flautist James Galway; Sarah's Essential Choice: Beethoven: Symphony No 3.

With Sarah Walker and her guest, the author and presenter Stuart Maconie.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Beecham Lollipops'. Throughout the week Sarah offers a selection of the British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham's lighter pieces which he offered as encores; pieces such as Berlioz's Ballet des Sylphes and Saint-Saëns's Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, which he felt had more to offer than many other larger scale 'serious' classical works.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

Sarah's guest this week is Stuart Maconie. A TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author, Stuart is one of the UK's best-selling travel writers, co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show and presents The Freak Zone and The Freakier Zone on 6Music. Stuart will be sharing his favourite classical music every day at 10am.

This week Sarah features recordings by the flautist James Galway, who established an international solo career after playing with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. We'll hear him in classics of the flute repertoire including Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp, K.299, Debussy's L'Après-midi d'un faune, Vivaldi's Il Gardellino concerto, as well as in chamber music by Nielsen and Poulenc.

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

Symphony No.3 'Eroica'.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Piere Vidal

    Gavotte from Zino-Zina

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D major, Op.10 No.3 ‘Il Gardellino’

    Performer: James Galway. Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra.
    • RCA.
  • Frederic Chopin

    Nocturne in C sharp minor and Beau Soir

    Composer: Claude Debussy. Performer: Midori. Performer: Robert McDonald.
    • SONY.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Beecham Lollipops

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Bacchanale (Samson et Delila, Act III)

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in A major, D 664

    Performer: Solomon.
  • Haydn Wood

    The Horse Guards, Whitehall (London Landmarks Suite)

    Orchestra: The New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
  • Stuart Maconie's Choice No. 1

    • Keith Emerson

      Piano Concerto: 1st movement

      • ATLANTIC.
  • Stuart Maconie's Choice No. 2

    • Aaron Copland

      Our Town

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • CBS.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Silent Noon (The House of Life)

    Performer: David Willison. Singer: Benjamin Luxon.
    • R. Vaughan Williams: Songs Luxon/Willison.
    • Chandos.
    • 18.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Silent Noon (House of Life)

    Performer: Benjamin Luxon (baritone). Performer: David Willison (piano).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Artist of the Week: James Galway

    • Maurice Ravel

      Introduction and Allegro

      Performer: Heidi Lehwalder. Performer: Richard Stoltzman. Performer: James Galway. Ensemble: Tokyo String Quartet.
      • RCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Rigoletto - paraphrase de concert for piano (S.434) [after Verdi]

    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi. Performer: Aldo Ciccolini.
    • Liszt: Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses, Paraphrases D'Operas: Aldo Ciccolini.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Franz Liszt

    Concert paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto

    Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (piano).
    • EMI.
  • Avison

    Concerto in 7 parts for strings and basso continuo, Op.10/4

    Performer: Avison Ensemble.
  • Charles Avison

    Concerto in 7 parts for str and bc (Op.10`4) in C major [complete]

    Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk. Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • The Avison Ensemble: Avison: Concerti Grossi, op. 9 & op. 10.
    • Divine Art.
    • 24.
  • Essential Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

      Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Preludes, Op.23, No.9 & No.10

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Preludes, Op.23 No.9 & No.10 & No.7

    Performer: Steven Osborne (piano).

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Answer: Westminster


The music played:

The Westminster Waltz (In Town Tonight)
The New London Orchestra
Ronald Corp (conductor)


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