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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Michel Roux Jr

With Sarah Walker. Five Reasons to Love Grieg Lyric Pieces; Artists of the Week: Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI; Sarah's Essential Choice: Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain.

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Grieg lyric pieces'. Throughout the week Sarah offers a selection of piano pieces from Edvard Grieg's 10-book collection of 'Lyric Pieces' - examples of the short, characterful pieces which were very much in fashion during the late 19th century, especially in Scandinavia where Grieg was regarded as the master of the genre.

9.30am
Take part in today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.

10am
Sarah's guest this week is the world-renowned chef and presenter Michel Roux Jr. Michel will be sharing his passion for classical music with Sarah every day at 10am.

10.30am
This week Sarah explores Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music as seen through the eyes of Jordi Savall and his band Hesperion XX - XXI. Their spirited and enchanting performances of music by unfamiliar composers have cast new light on pieces which would otherwise have been lost to us. Sarah discovers anew the joy of hearing Jordi Savall's work.

11am
Essential Choice - this week Sarah explores pieces connected to the supernatural

Mussorgsky
St John's Night on the Bare Mountain
Anatoli Kotscherga (bass-baritone)
South Tyrol Children's Choir
Berlin Radio Choir
Berlin Philharmonic
Claudio Abbado (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Armas Järnefelt

    Praeludium

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Norwegian melody and Folk melody

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    1812 Overture, Op. 49

    Choir: Santa Cecilia Chorus. Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio Sonata in F major, Op.1 No.1

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • LINN.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on Greensleeves

    Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Diego Ortiz

    Recercada on 'Romanesca' no. 7

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Franz Schubert

    Adagio and Rondo Concertante, D947

    Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • EMI.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Ascendens Christus in altum

    Director: Stephen Cleobury. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
    • EMI.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake: Act IV, No. 29 Finale

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata: Act III 'Addio del passato'

    Conductor: Georg Solti. Singer: Angela Gheorghiu. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
    • DECCA.
  • Frederic Curzon

    The Boulevardier

    Conductor: Ronald Corp. Orchestra: The New London Orchestra.
    • Hyperion.
  • anon.

    Improvisation after the villancico 'Folia' of Rodrigo Martinez

    Conductor: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • anon

    Senhora del Mundo

    Performer: Ken Zuckerman. Performer: Montserrat Figueras. Performer: Prabhu Edouard. Singer: Montserrat Figueras.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Jean Françaix

    L'horloge de flore

    Performer: John de Lancie. Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • BMG.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    St John’s Night on the Bare Mountain

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Singer: Anatoly Kocherga. Choir: Berlin Radio Choir. Choir: South Tyrol Children’s Choir.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in A minor, D804 ('Rosamunde')

    Ensemble: Artemis Quartet.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No.3 in A flat Op.47

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • DG.

Mystery Place

The answer: King's College Chapel, Cambridge

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