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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Stuart Maconie

With Sarah Walker. Includes Five Reasons to Love Beecham Lollipops; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: James Galway; Essential Choice: Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica.

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

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
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.

10.30am
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.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice

Vaughan WIlliams
Sinfonia Antartica
Sheila Armstrong (soprano)
Ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir
Bernard Haitink.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo

    Mattinata

    Performer: Vera Makariakova. Performer: Sergei Nakariakov.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmeniana

    Performer: Hillel Zori. Performer: Arnon Erez. Music Arranger: Hillel Zori.
    • CELLO CLASSICS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE... BEECHAM'S LOLLIPOPS

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Legend in G minor, Op.59 No.3

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

    Tarantella (Venezia e Napoli)

    Performer: Lazar Berman.
    • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La cambiale di matrimonio (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite No.5 in E major, HWV430

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • STUART MACONIE'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Malcolm Arnold

      Guitar Concerto: 1st movement, Allegro

      Performer: Julian Bream. Performer: Melos Ensemble. Conductor: Malcolm Arnold.
      • RCA.
  • STUART MACONIE'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Morton Feldman

      Piano and String Quartet (opening)

      Performer: Vick Ray. Ensemble: Eclipse Quartet.
      • BRIDGE.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Spanish Overture No 2, 'Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid'

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Regis.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: JAMES GALWAY

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra, K.299

      Performer: Marisa Robles. Performer: James Galway. Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
      • RCA.
  • Essential Choice

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Symphony No 7, 'Sinfonia Antartica'

      Singer: Sheila Armstrong. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
      • EMI.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sonata for clarinet and piano

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

Recording Rewind

The music played:

 

Handel
Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430: Air with 5 variations ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’
Murray Perahia (piano)
SONY

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