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Thursday - 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: Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces.

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.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the story and tell us what happens next

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.

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.

Sarah's Essential Choice
SCHOENBERG 6 Little Piano Pieces, Op 19
Maurizio Pollini.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in A flat, Op posth

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture to Don Giovanni, K527

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • EMI.
  • John Bull

    Ut re mi fa sol la

    Ensemble: Charivari Agréable.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Robert Schumann

    Papillons, Op 2

    Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • NAXOS.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Symphonic Variations

    Orchestra: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
    • NAXOS.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Lord, thou hast been our refuge

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Douglas Tang. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Director: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Tausendapperment-Walzer, Op 61

    Orchestra: Štátna filharmónia Košice. Conductor: Mika Eichenholtz.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    O statute gentilissima from Don Giovanni, Act 2 Scene 3

    Singer: Eberhard Wächter. Singer: Gottlob Frick. Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Singer: Giuseppe Taddei. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • EMI.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    DD 'Hades' (The Frogs – Cast Album of the 2004 Broadway production)

    Singer: Pete Bartlett. Singer: Nathan Lane. Orchestra: Yellow Magic Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Gemignani.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Quintet for guitar and strings in G, G450

    Performer: Pepe Romero. Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Dixit Dominus, RV 594

    Singer: Sarah Fox. Singer: Deborah Norman. Singer: Michael Chance. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Jonathan Lemalu. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • WARNER.
  • arr. Tsyganov Shostakovich

    Prelude in C sharp minor

    Performer: Dunja Lavrova, violin. Performer: Konstantin Lapshin, piano.
  • arr. Heifetz Debussy

    Beau Soir

    Performer: Dunja Lavrova, violin. Performer: Konstantin Lapshin, piano.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Six Little Piano Pieces, Op 19

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Fanny Hensel

    String Quartet in E Flat: 2nd movement - Allegretto

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • VIRGIN.

Classical consequences

At a benefit ball in 1833, Johann Strauss asked guests to name his new waltz. Before the concert, they put their suggestions, written on slips of paper, in a chest.  After the waltz had been performed, a blindfolded girl drew one out. What happened next?


The title selected was Tausendsapperment-Walzer – Devil Take It Waltz. Despite the objections of the crowd to this unsuitable title, Strauss stuck with his plan and had the waltz published under this name.


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