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Thursday - 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 Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1.

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: listen to the story and tell us what happens next.

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.

Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
Maxim Vengerov (violin)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Kurt Masur (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • anon

    Running Footman

    Ensemble: Ulsamer Collegium. Conductor: Josef Ulsamer.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in A major, Op 46 No 5

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Karel Šejna.
  • Gustav Holst


    Conductor: Howard Dunn. Orchestra: Dallas Wind Symphony.
  • Jaromír Weinberger

    Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper

    Conductor: Frederick Fennell. Orchestra: Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in A flat major, BWV 862 (Book 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio! K. 418

    Singer: Margaret Price. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Lockhart.
    • RCA.
  • Luigi Cherubini

    Marche funèbre

    Orchestra: Corydon Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Best.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass in B minor BWV 232 (Sanctus)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Traditional Indian

    Raga Desi, gat section

    Ensemble: Ravi Shankar and Friends.
  • Francesco Maria Veracini

    Overture No 3 in B flat major

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Veracini: 5 Overtures: Musica Antiqua Koln/Goebel.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 11-15.
  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • Max Bruch

    Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • TELDEC.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Pelleas et Melisande Suite

    Conductor: Petri Sakari. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Myrthen for voice and piano (Op.25), no.3; Der Nussbaum

    Performer: Ilmo Ranat. Singer: Karita Mattila.
    • Wild Rose: Karita Mattila, Ilmo Ranta.
    • Ondine.
    • 012.

Classical Consquences

Mozart recommended that the young man start by composing ballads. Surprised, he responded, “But you were writing symphonies when you were only ten years old.” “Yes,” said Mozart, “but I didn't have to ask how.”


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