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Monday - Sarah Walker with Monty Don

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Music for Wind Band; Mozart horn concertos; Artist of the Week: violinist Maxim Vengerov, featured in Saint-Saens's Havanaise.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... music for wind band'. Sarah is a fan of the distinctive timbre of wind band music and showcases this in works by Walton, Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Milhaud.

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

In the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Sarah's guest every day at 10am is one of the hosts of the show, the presenter, writer and gardener Monty Don. Monty will be telling Sarah about how music has played an important role in his life, and about the therapy of gardening. He shares a selection of his favourite classical music, including extracts from Bach's St Matthew Passion, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

Sarah features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD review

Horn Concertos

Sarah's artist of the week is the Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov. Born into a family with strong musical traditions, Vengerov was a child prodigy who had won the both the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions by the time he was 15. Sarah dips into Vengerov's many acclaimed recordings throughout the week, choosing works ranging from great Romantic concertos - virtuoso masterpieces that show off the instrument's range and brilliance - to more reflective transcriptions.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Percy Grainger

    Country Gardens

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Introduction and Tarantelle, Op 43

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Ian Brown.
    • EMI.
  • 5 reasons to love.. music for wind band

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      English Folk Song Suite

      Ensemble: Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in C minor, D 703, 'Quartettsatz'

    Ensemble: Smetana Quartet.
  • Enrique Granados

    Spanish Dances, Op. 37: No.1 Minueto

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • DECCA.
  • Enrique Granados

    Spanish Dances, Op.37 (Oriental)

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • DECCA.
  • Enrique Granados

    Valenciana (Spanish Dances, Op 37)

    Performer: Alicia de Laroccha.
    • DECCA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov


    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Vag Papian.
    • EMI.
  • Monty Don's Choice

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No 22 in E flat major, 'Philosopher' (1st mvt)

      Orchestra: Sinfonia classica der deutschen schule brüssel. Director: Gernot Süssmuth.
  • Claude Debussy

    Arabesque No 1 in E major

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.3: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495

    Performer: David Pyatt. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Deutsches Magnificat (Meine Seele erhebt den Herren) SWV.494

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Samuel Wesley

    Holsworthy Church Bells

    Performer: John Kitchen (organ and carillon of the Usher Hall).
  • Artist of the week: Maxim Vengerov

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns


      Conductor: Zubin Mehta. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
      • TELDEC.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    An die ferne geliebte

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Singer: Christoph Prégardien.
    • TELDEC.
  • William Walton

    Viola Concerto (1961 version)

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
    • EMI.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Schon rosmarin

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Itamar Golan.
    • TELDEC.

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The music played:
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Danse de pretesses de Dagon


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