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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Monty Don

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Music for Wind Band; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: violinist Maxim Vengerov, featured in Glazunov's Violin Concerto.

9am
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.

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

10am
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.

11am
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.

Glazunov
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82
Maxim Vengerov (violin)
Berlin Philharmonic
Claudio Abbado (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexei Lvov

    Lord Save the Tsar

    Choir: Soglasie Male Voice Choir of St Petersburg. Director: Alexander Govorov.
    • IMP.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Music for Wind Band

    • William Walton

      Crown Imperial

      Conductor: Frederick Fennell. Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble.
      • MERCURY.
  • Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Sonata No. 2 for solo violin, viola da gamba and organ

    Ensemble: La Reveuse.
    • MIRARE.
  • Henry Purcell

    Music for a while (Oedipus - incidental music to Act 3 Z.583: no.2)

    Performer: Richard Egarr. Singer: Catherine Bott.
    • Purcell: Sweeter Than Roses.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 7.
  • Viktor Sergeevich Kalinnikov

    ‘Radiant Light’

    Conductor: Stephen Layton. Ensemble: Holst Singers.
    • HYPERION.
  • Artist of the Week: Maxim Vengerov

    • Henryk Wieniawski

      Polonaise brillante No 1 in D major, Op 4

      Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Ian Brown.
      • EMI.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le Rouet d’Omphale

    Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Monty Don's Choice No. 1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion: Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen

      Director: Philippe Herreweghe. Orchestra: Choir and Orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Monty Don's Choice No. 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in A minor, Op 132, 'Heiliger Dankgesang'

      Performer: Takács Quartet.
      • DECCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonate en trio for flute, viola and harp

    Performer: Wolfram Christ. Performer: Margit-Anna Süß. Performer: Wolfgang Schulz. Ensemble: Ensemble Wien-Berlin.
    • Ravel/Debussy: Sonata/Pavane/Chansons de Bilitis: Ensemble Wien-Berlin/Deneuve.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8-10.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor Op.39

    Performer: Nikolai Demidenko.
    • Hyperion.
  • Artist of the Week: Maxim Vengerov

    • Alexander Glazunov

      Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 82

      Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • TELDEC.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op.110

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Tales from the Vienna Woods Op.325

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
    • TESTAMENT.

Mystery Object

The mystery object was Rosin.

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