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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Jonathan Freedland

With Sarah Walker. Five Reasons to Love Wind Instruments; Vintage Proms 1915; Artist of the Week: pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, featured in Janacek's On an Overgrown Path (Series 1).

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... wind instruments'. From the rude sound of the rackett and crumhorn to the acrobatic bassett horn and the sweet tones of a pair of recorders, Sarah showcases several species of early woodwind. Featuring music by Susato, Pleyel, Bach, Rhaw and Mendelssohn.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
Sarah's guest is the award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland. Jonathan started out as a reporter for The Washington Post, and for BBC Radio 4's 'Today' and 'Newsbeat' on BBC Radio 1. He's currently the executive editor of The Guardian's opinion section and writes a weekly column for the paper, as well as for The Jewish Chronicle and The New York Times. Besides his memoir 'Jacob's Gift', he has also penned a best-selling series of thrillers using the pseudonym Sam Bourne, and presents Radio 4's history series 'The Long View'. Jonathan will be discussing his career and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Sarah every day at 10am.

10.30am
During the BBC Proms 2015 Sarah and Rob present Vintage Proms 1915, looking at the Proms season from a century ago and playing music that reflects a time when concert programmes were quite different from those of today. This week Sarah features music ranging from the Japanese National Anthem to Coleridge-Taylor's Petite Suite, and a first performance by Debussy.

11am
This week Sarah features recordings by one of the leading pianists of his generation, Leif Ove Andsnes, who brings his complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to the Proms this week. Sarah features the Norwegian pianist in concertos by Haydn and Grieg, chamber music by Schumann and solo works by Schubert and Janacek; works which capture the pianist's crisp and poetic playing.

Janacek
On an Overgrown Path: Series 1
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Waltz, Op 12 No 2 (Lyric Pieces)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...EARLY WIND INSTRUMENTS

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto 'con molti strumenti' in C major, RV 558

      Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Andrew Manze.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Selection of songs from Bicinia Hungarica

    Choir: Budapest Zoltan Kodaly Girls' Choir. Conductor: Ilona Andor.
    • HUNGAROTON.
  • Frederick Delius

    Dance Rhapsody No.2

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Alamiro Giampieri

    Carnival of Venice

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

    Capriccio (Sextet)

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • DECCA.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin (Act 2 Waltz)

    Singer: Mark Stone. Singer: Nikola Matisic. Choir: Santa Cecilia Chorus. Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI.
  • JONATHAN FREEDLAND'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals)

      Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Dudley Moore. Performer: Michael Tilson Thomas.
      • RCA.
  • JONATHAN FREEDLAND'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Swan Lake: Act III (conclusion)

      Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
      • DG.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Petite Suite de Concert, Op.77

    Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Leaper.
    • MARCO POLO.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for cello and piano

    Performer: Paul Tortelier. Performer: Jean Hubeau.
    • ERATO.
  • Claude Debussy

    Minstrels (Preludes Book 1, No.12)

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Debussy: Preludes 1/L'Isle Joyeuse: Pollini.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 12.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: LEIF OVE ANDSNES

    • Leos Janáček

      On the Overgrown Path - Series 1

      Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
      • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Overture in E flat major, Op 24

    Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Goritzki.
    • CPO.
  • Gustav Holst

    Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op 26 No 3

    Performer: Osian Ellis. Choir: Royal College of Music Chamber Choir. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • Gustav Holst: Choral Hymns Rig Veda.
    • Unicorn-Kanchana.
    • 4.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin: Waltz (Act II)
Orchestra dell’Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano (conductor)
EMI

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