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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Helen Lederer

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Transcriptions; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Valery Gergiev, featured conducting Mahler's Symphony No 4 in G.

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... transcriptions'. Throughout the week Sarah explores the transformative effect of seeing one composer's work through the eyes of another, showcasing transcriptions including Bach by Busoni, Schubert by Liszt and Strauss II by Schoenberg.

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

10am
Sarah's guest this week is the comedian, actress and writer Helen Lederer. Helen is a familiar face on the British comedy scene and is well known for her stand-up shows as well as for her role as Catriona in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. She recently released her first novel, Losing It, which has been shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award. Helen will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music every day at 10am.

10.30am
During the BBC Proms 2015, Sarah takes a look at the Proms season from a century ago and plays music that reflects a time when concert programmes were quite different from those of today. This week's line-up includes the French national anthem and two works so popular that they appeared more than once in the season: Mendelssohn's overture Ruy Blas and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2.

11am
Sarah's artist of the week - in the week of his BBC Proms appearance - is the boundlessly energetic Valery Gergiev, Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. Throughout the week Sarah will be sharing recordings of his interpretations of works by composers including Berlioz, Mahler and Tchaikovsky.

Mahler
Symphony No 4 in G
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    III. Allegro non molto (Concerto in G minor for flute, oboe and bassoon, RV103)

    Performer: Maurice Steger. Performer: Xenia Löffler. Performer: Michele Fattori. Performer: Diego Fasolis. Ensemble: I Barocchisti. Director: Diego Fasolis.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Coriolan Overture, Op.62

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...TRANSCRIPTIONS

    • Franz Schubert

      Auf dem Wasser zu singen, S.558 No.2

      Performer: Jorge Bolet.
      • DECCA.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op.108

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • François Couperin

    La Raphaéle (Second Livre de pièces de clavecin, Huitième ordre)

    Performer: Olivier Baumont.
    • WARNER.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: VALERY GERGIEV

    • Maurice Ravel

      Pavane pour une infante defunte

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
      • LSO LIVE.
  • Imogen Holst

    Hallo my fancy, whither wilt thou go?

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Director: Graham Ross.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Scherzo (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • HELEN LEDERER'S CHOICE NO.1

    • George Frideric Handel

      All we, like sheep, have gone astray (Messiah)

      Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
      • ARCHIV.
  • HELEN LEDERER'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in D flat major, Op 27 No 2

      Performer: Maria João Pires.
      • DG.
  • HELEN LEDERER'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Joseph Haydn

      II. Andante (Symphony No.94 in G major ‘Surprise')

      Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia VI, in 4 parts

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Eric Coates

    The Mill O' Dreams

    Performer: Eugene Asti. Singer: Richard Edgar-Wilson.
    • MARCO POLO.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in C, Op.64 No.1

    Ensemble: The Angeles String Quartet.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: VALERY GERGIEV

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No.4 in G

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
      • LSO LIVE.

Mystery Person

Answer: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

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