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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Jenny Agutter

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the Viola; Musical Challenge; Artists of the Week: the Florestan Trio; Essential Choice: Boccherini: String Quintet in C, G324.

With Sarah Walker and her guest Jenny Agutter.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...the viola.' Throughout the week Sarah makes the case for the viola, exploring repertoire ranging from Telemann's Viola Concerto in G TWV 51:G9 to Brahms' Geistliche Wiegenlied Op.91 No.2 and Schumann's Märchenerzählungen Op.132, performed by violists including Simon Standage, Cecil Aronowitz and Lawrence Power.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

Sarah's guest this week is Jenny Agutter. An actress of both stage and screen, Jenny is well known for her performance as Roberta in the film adaptation of E. Nesbit's The Railway Children and is currently playing Sister Julienne in the hit television drama Call the Midwife. Jenny will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music every day at 10am.

Sarah's featured artists this week are The Florestan Trio: pianist Susan Tomes, violinist Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester. From their formation in 1995 until they disbanded in 2012, the Florestans built a reputation as one of the world's leading piano trios. Sarah delves into their substantial discography, showcasing benchmark performances of works by composers including Fauré, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Haydn and Beethoven.

Sarah's Essential Choice
String Quintet in C, G324 ('La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid')
Cuarteto Casals
Eckart Runge (cello).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Leopold Mozart

    Toy Symphony; 3rd mvt, finale

    Orchestra: I Musici de Montréal. Conductor: Yuli Turovsky.
    • CHANDOS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op 6 No 4

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... the viola

    • Franz Liszt

      Romance oubliée, S527

      Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
      • BIS.
  • Richard Strauss

    Festmusik der Stadt Wien

    Orchestra: Locke Consort. Conductor: James Stobart.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Piano Trio No 1 in C minor, Op 8, 'Poème'

    Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
  • Thelonious Monk

    'Round Midnight

    • WARNER.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'Great' Mass in C minor, K427; Kyrie

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh. Singer: Camilla Tilling.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Jenny Agutter's Choice No. 1

    • Clara Schumann

      Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17: III Andante

      Ensemble: Dartington Piano Trio.
      • HYPERION.
  • Jenny Agutter's Choice No. 2

    • Jean Françaix

      Sixtuor: I Risoluto

      Performer: Anthony Robb. Performer: Neyire Ashworth. Performer: Susan Dent. Performer: Philip Gibbon. Performer: Alan Andrews. Performer: Jeremy Polmear.
  • Jenny Agutter's Choice No. 3

    • Trad

      The Three Ravens

      Performer: Andreas Martin. Singer: Andreas Scholl.
  • Artist of the week: The Florestan Trio

    • Johannes Brahms

      Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op.114

      Performer: Richard Hosford. Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
      • HYPERION.
  • Essential Choice

    • Luigi Boccherini

      Quintet in C major 'La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid'

      Performer: Eckart Runge. Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in F, K280

    Performer: Grigory Sokolov.
    • DG.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:


Mass in C minor
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Paul McCreesh (conductor)


Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor
Peter Hurford (organ)


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