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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Jenny Agutter

With Sarah Walker. Includes Five Reasons to Love the Viola; Musical Challenge; Artists of the Week: the Florestan Trio; Sarah's Essential Choice: Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, Op 64.

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: listen to the story and tell us what happens next.

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
Richard Strauss
An Alpine Symphony, Op.64
Staatskapelle Weimar
Antoni Wit (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Thomas Tallis

    Why fum'th in fight (Archbishop Parker's Psalter)

    Ensemble: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in D, Wq 183/1

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann.
  • 5 reasons to love... the viola

    • Léo Delibes

      La paix (Coppélia)

      Performer: Ron Golan. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
      • DECCA.
  • Henri Duparc


    Orchestra: Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. Conductor: Michel Plasson.
    • EMI.
  • artists of the week: the florestan trio

    • Franz Schubert

      Notturno in E flat major, D 897

      Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
      • HYPERION.
  • Gordon Jacob

    Sonatina for recorder and harpsichord

    Performer: Michala Petri. Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
    • OUR.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Autumn Sketch, Op 8

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • jenny agutter's choice

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • WARNER.
  • Bach

    Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Her, BWV663

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
  • artists of the week: the florestan trio

    • Robert Schumann

      Fantasiestücke, Op.88

      Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
      • HYPERION.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Magnificat (Secondo)

    Performer: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • essential Choice

    • Richard Strauss

      An Alpine Symphony, Op.64

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
      • NAXOS.
  • Richard Strauss

    4 Lieder (Op.36) [1897-8], no.1; Das Rosenband

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Singer: Christine Schäfer. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Mozart/Strauss: Arias: Christine Schafer/Berliner Philharmoniker/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.

Classical Consequences

One regular concert-goer at the Brussels Philharmonic made a habit of arriving at the concert hall equipped with a sketchbook and pencil. She would sketch the artist during the performance and have the picture autographed afterwards. When Prokofiev’s turn came, however, he refused to sign the picture, considering it to be a poor likeness and claiming it looked more like Furtwangler. The usher explained to Prokofiev that the lady was a devoted subscriber, and pleaded with him to sign the picture. What happened next?


With a sigh, Prokofiev agreed, and signed the picture. Later, the usher examined the autograph more closely, and saw that Prokofiev had signed it “Furtwangler”.



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