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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Declan Donnellan

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book; Artist of the Week: conductor Stephen Cleobury; Essential Choice: Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (excerpt).

9am
A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book'. Throughout the week Rob and Sarah dip into this remarkable collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean keyboard music, showcasing works by composers including Byrd, Bull and Gibbons.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
Sarah's guest this week is the writer and director Declan Donnellan. Since co-founding his own theatre company in 1981, Declan has become well-known as a Shakespearean director as well as winning accolades for his interpretations of works ranging from plays by Chekhov and Pushkin to Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Declan will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music every day at 10am.

10.30am
Rob and Sarah's featured artist this week is the conductor Stephen Cleobury. Director of the world-famous Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Cleobury has worked with leading orchestras and soloists including the Academy of Ancient Music and the Philharmonia. Sarah will be exploring his interpretations of works by composers including Brahms, Harvey, Mozart, Stanford and Tallis.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier, Op 59: extract
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Marschallin)
Christa Ludwig (Octavian)
Teresa Stich-Randall (Sophie)
Otto Edelmann (Ochs)
Eberhard Wächter (Faninal)
Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE: THE FITZWILLIAM VIRGINAL BOOK

    • Giles Farnaby

      The Old Spagnoletta

      Performer: Pieter-Jan Belder.
      • BRILLIANT.
  • Claude Debussy

    Tarantelle styrienne orch Ravel

    Music Arranger: Maurice Ravel. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Paris. Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair.
    • NAIVE.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE: THE FITZWILLIAM VIRGINAL BOOK

    • anon

      Alman; Irishe Dumpe; Watkins Ale; A Gigge

      Performer: Christopher Hogwood.
      • DECCA ELOQUENCE.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in C, RV 189

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Orchestra: Europa Galante.
    • GLOSSA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STEPHEN CLEOBURY

    • Johannes Brahms

      A German Requiem; 'Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen'

      Performer: Joe Gallardo. Performer: Evgenia Rubinova. Director: Stephen Cleobury.
      • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in F

    Ensemble: Gewandhaus-Quartett.
    • NCA.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • DECLAN DONNELLAN'S CHOICES

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Tutto nel mondo è burla (Falstaff)

      Singer: Bryn Terfel. Singer: Thomas Hampson. Singer: Daniil Shtoda. Singer: Enrico Facini. Singer: Anthony Mee. Singer: Anatoli Kotscherga. Singer: Adrianne Pieczonka. Singer: Dorothea Röschmann. Singer: Larissa Diadkova. Singer: Stella Doufexis. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
    • Igor Stravinsky

      Ritual Dance of the Ancestors; Sacrificial Dance (The Rite of Spring)

      Orchestra: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Conductor: Péter Eötvös.
      • BMC.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Overture to Le Roi d'Ys

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STEPHEN CLEOBURY

    • Tomás Luis de Victoria

      Missa 'O quam gloriosum'

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
      • DECCA.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Vers la flamme - poeme, op.72

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Sony.
    • 88875038372.
    • 14.
  • Essential Choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Der Rosenkavalier, Op 59; Act 3, conclusion

      Singer: Eberhard Wächter. Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Singer: Teresa Stich-Randall. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
      • EMI.
  • François Devienne

    Flute Concerto No 7 in E minor

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • WARNER.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata for piano no. 31 (Op.110) in A flat major

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Beethoven, The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

 

Adams
Short Ride in a Fast Machine
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)
SFS MEDIA


Copland
Rodeo: Hoe-Down
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
SONY  
 

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