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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Stuart Maconie

With Sarah Walker. Five Reasons to Love Beecham Lollipops; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: flautist James Galway; Sarah's Essential Choice: Shostakovich: Symphony No 11.

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 personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

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.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Symphony No.11 'The Year 1905'
West German Radio Symphony Orcehestra
Semyon Bychkov.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Allegro finale of Sonata for 2 violins, viola & basso continuo TWV43:F1

    Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa.
    • MD&G.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Scherzo in C minor, 'F-A-E Sonata', WoO 2

    Performer: Leila Josefowicz. Performer: John Novacek.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Beecham Lollypops

    • Hector Berlioz

      Menuet des follets; Danses des sylphes

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.2, BWV1047

    Performer: Kati Debretzeni. Performer: Rachel Beckett. Performer: Michael Niesemann. Performer: Neil Brough. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • François Couperin

    Premier Concert (Les Concerts Royaux)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    Allegro assai in A flat major (Six Melodies)

    Performer: Béatrice Rauchs.
    • BIS.
  • Stuart Maconie's Choice No.1

    • Claude Debussy

      Danseuses de delphes (Preludes, Book 1)

      Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Stuart Maconie's Choice No. 2

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Linden Lea

      Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Roderick Williams.
      • NAXOS.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concert Champêtre for harpsichord and orchestra: 1st movement

    Performer: Elisabeth Chojancka. Conductor: Jean‐Claude Casadesus. Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille-Region Nord/Pas-de Calais.
    • NAXOS.
  • Artist of the Week: James Galway

    • Johann Joachim Quantz

      Concerto for flute and orchestra in C major

      Performer: James Galway. Conductor: Jörg Faerber. Orchestra: Württemberg Chamber Orchestra.
      • RCA.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Spiegel im Spiegel

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Essential Choice

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Symphony No.11 ‘The Year 1905’

      Conductor: Semyon Bychkov. Orchestra: West German Symphony Orchestra.
      • AVIE.

Relative Values

The answer: Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn

The music played:

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
6 Melodies: Allegro assai
Beatrice Rauchs (piano)

Mendelssohn arr. Rachmaninov
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo
Jorge Bolet (piano)


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