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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Martin Shaw

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Youth Orchestras; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Benjamin Grosvenor; Sarah's Essential Choice: Liszt: Prometheus.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... youth orchestras'. Especially for the week of Radio 3's Young Artists Day, Sarah explores recordings by top youth orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, with music by Bartók, Debussy, Adès and Ginastera.

Take part in today's challenge: two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

Sarah's guest is the veteran actor Martin Shaw. Known for his roles in The Professionals, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently, Martin will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Sarah.

To mark Radio 3's Young Artists Day earlier this week, Sarah is featuring the pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. At just 22 years old, Grosvenor is a Radio 3 New Generation Artist, the youngest artist ever to sign to Decca Records and was the youngest soloist to perform at the first night of the Proms. Throughout the week Sarah showcases Grosvenor's recordings of works by composers including Bach, Ravel, Chopin, Saint-Saëns and Gershwin.

11am Essential Choice
This week Sarah explores depictions of Prometheus.

Prometheus - symphonic poem, S99
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Georg Solti (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Fireworks, op.4

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • BMG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 1 in G minor

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Peter Nagy.
    • DECCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 6 in B flat

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Peter Nagy.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: Youth Orchestras

    • Béla Bartók

      Four Orchestral Pieces, Op 12; No 1, Preludio

      Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
      • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 503

    Performer: Sergio Azzolini. Orchestra: L'Aura Soave Cremona.
    • NAIVE.
  • Artist Of The Week: Benjamin Grosvenor

    • Enrique Granados

      Valses poéticos

      Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
      • DECCA.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Trio in D, Op 47 No 5

    Ensemble: La Real Cámara.
    • 920313.

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.2 - Moderato

      Performer: Sviatoslav Richter. Conductor: Stanisław Wisłocki. Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej.
      • DG.

    • Richard Strauss

      Four last songs: Beim Schlafengehen

      Singer: Leontyne Price. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
      • RCA.
  • John Dowland

    Lady Hunsdon's Puffe; Orlando Sleepeth

    Performer: Nigel North.
    • Naxos.
  • Artist Of The Week: BENJAMIN GROSVENOR

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22

      Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
      • DECCA.
  • Henry Purcell

    Chacony a 4 in G minor, Z730

    Ensemble: London Baroque.
    • 1951327.
  • Essential Choice

    • Franz Liszt


      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
      • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in D Minor K.421

    Ensemble: Alban Berg Quartett.
    • TELDEC.
    • 4509-95495-2.

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Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Harold in Italy: Serenade
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Eliahu Inbal (conductor)


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