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Wednesday - 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 Waxman's Carmen Fantasy.

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 personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

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'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.

Carmen Fantasy
Maxim Vengerov (violin)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Faust - Helen’s Dance

    Conductor: Paul Paray. Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    • MERCURY.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Music for Wind Band

    • Percy Grainger

      Colonial Song

      Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
      • CHANDOS.
    • Percy Grainger

      Irish Tune from County Derry

      Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise brillante, Op.3

    Performer: Frédéric Lodéon. Performer: François‐René Duchâble.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Kyrie eleison

    Ensemble: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • NAXOS.
  • William Walton

    Spitfire Prelude & Fugue

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • EMI.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Introduction and Variations on 'Di tanti palpiti'

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

    Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso

    Performer: Anna Vinnitskaya.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Monty Don's Choice No. 1

    • Henry Purcell

      Funeral Music for Queen Mary - drum recessional

      Orchestra: Monteverdi Orchestra. Ensemble: Equale Brass Ensemble. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • ERATO.
  • Monty Don's Choice No. 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Marcia Funebre (Symphony No 3 in E flat major ‘Eroica’)

      Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
  • Trad.

    A young maid stood in her father's garden

    Music Arranger: Herbert Hughes. Singer: Ailish Tynan. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • A Purse of Gold - Irish Songs by Herbert Hughes.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 23.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Overture No 1 in E minor, Op 23

    Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Goritzki.
    • CPO.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Franz Waxman

    Carmen Fantasy

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • TELDEC.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sonata in C major RV 779 for oboe, violin, organ & chalumeau

    Performer: Colin Lawson. Performer: Paul Goodwin. Performer: John Holloway. Performer: John Toll.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Artist of the Week: Maxim Vengerov

    • Jean Sibelius

      Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47

      Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
      • TELDEC.

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Orchestre de Paris 
Jean Martinon (conductor) 
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