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Friday - 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 Ravel's Tzigane.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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.

Maxim Vengerov (violin)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Papillon, Op 77

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Cécile Licad.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Trumpet Overture in C major, op. 101

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Suite francaise

    Conductor: Denis Wick. Orchestra: London Wind Orchestra.
    • ASV.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6 for Orchestra ‘Carnival in Pesth’

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Concerto in G major, S215

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Hary Janos Suite: The Viennese Clock

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DECCA.
  • Henry Purcell

    Thy hand, Belinda... When I am laid (Dido and Aeneas)

    Singer: Dido: Janet Baker. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Anthony Lewis.
    • DECCA.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le jardin féerique (Ma mère l'oye)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    French Suite No.2 in C minor, BWV813

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • TELDEC.
  • Franz Schubert

    Seligkeit, D 433

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Felicity Lott.
    • Felicity Lott sings Schubert.
    • I.M.P. Classics.
    • 17.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI.
  • Norbert Burgmüller

    Duo, Op.15

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • CHANDOS.

Recording Rewind

Hary Janos Suite: The Viennese Clock
Philharmonia Hungarica
Antal Dorati (conductor)
DECCA 443 006-2


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