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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Stuart Maconie

With Sarah Walker. Includes 5 Reasons to Love Beecham Lollipops; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: flautist James Galway; Sarah's Essential Choice: Mendelssohn: 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: listen to the clues and identify the mystery composer.

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.3 'Scottish'
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Widmung from Winter Round Dances, Op.13

    Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67871.

    Violin Sonata No.2 in A, Op.12/2

    Performer: Josef Suk. Performer: Jan Panenka.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Beecham's Lollipops

    • Jean Sibelius

      Valse triste (Kuolema)

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • EMI.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Miserere nostri

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Director: Paul McCreesh.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in C minor, Op 46 No 7

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Karel Šejna.
  • Philippe Gaubert


    Performer: James Galway.
    • RCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic Festival Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Matthauspassion (BWV.244), no.47; Erbarme dich [aria]

    Singer: Michael Chance. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Stuart Maconie's Choice No.1

    • Philip Glass

      Music in 12 Parts (opening of Part One)

      Performer: Philip Glass Ensemble. Director: Michael Riesman.
      • NONESUCH.
  • Stuart Maconie's Choice No. 2

    • Carlo Gesualdo

      Moro, lasso, al mio duolo

      Performer: Concerto Soave. Performer: Jean-Marc Aymes.
  • Edward Elgar

    Froissart Overture, Op 19

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • BBC.
  • Artist of the Week: James Galway

    • Carl Nielsen

      Wind Quintet, Op.43 for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & french horn

      Performer: Björn Fosdal. Performer: Bjørn Carl Nielsen. Performer: Niels Thomsen. Performer: James Galway. Performer: Jens Tofte-Hansen.
      • RCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Mainacht, D. 194

    Performer: Margaret Price (soprano). Performer: Graham Johnson (piano).
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Mainacht

    Performer: Margaret Price (soprano). Performer: Graham Johnson (piano).
  • Essential Choice

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’

      Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in C, Hob.XVI:48

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.

Mystery Composer

The answer: JS Bach


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