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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Sian Phillips

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Les Six; Musical challenge; Proms Artist of the Week: Daniel Barenboim, featured in Liszt's Piano Concerto No 2.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Les Six'. Sarah takes a trip back to Paris during the Roaring Twenties as she presents her reasons to love this eccentric group of French composers. Les Six was made up of Milhaud, Poulenc, Honegger, Auric, Durey and Tailleferre. Throughout the week Sarah explores their avant-garde style, including the way they inject a sense of humour and a shock factor into their music, and showcases their collaborative efforts.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

Sarah's guest this week is the actress Siân Phillips. Siân started performing when she was just eleven years old and has enjoyed an acting career across stage and screen that has spanned over seventy years. Her film credits include Becket, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Dune, though she is perhaps best known for her BAFTA-winning portrayal of Livia in the television series I, Claudius. Primarily a stage actress, Siân has also taken on singing roles including her one-woman show Marlene and Olivier Award-nominated performances in Pal Joey, A Little Night Music and Cabaret. Siân will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music with Sarah, every day at 10am.

This week Sarah's featured Proms artist is the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. Sarah focuses on Barenboim's pianistic side, with repertoire including Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Three Nocturnes Op. 9 by Chopin. She also puts the spotlight on his collaborations with other artists including Beethoven's Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 3 in C minor alongside Pinchas Zukerman and Jacqueline du Pré and Mozart's Sonata in D major for 2 Pianos, K448, where Barenboim joins forces with Martha Argerich.

Piano Concerto No. 2
Daniel Barenboim (piano)
Staatskapelle Berlin
Pierre Boulez (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Eduard Strauss

    Mit Dampf! Polka schnell, Op.70

    Orchestra: Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiři Stárek.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Les Six

    • Arthur Honegger

      Pacific 231

      Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Serge Baudo.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet No.7 in E flat, K.160/159a

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • PHILIPS.
  • William Walton

    Orb and Sceptre

    Performer: Noel Rawsthorne. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • EMI.
  • Alonso de Tejeda

    Miserere mei, Deus

    Choir: Ensemble Plus Ultra.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op.80

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Seven Variations on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen', WoO 46

    Performer: Pieter Wispelwey. Performer: Lois Shapiro.
  • Sian Phillips' Choice No. 1

    • Henry Purcell

      Nymphs and Shepherds (The Libertine)

      Singer: Judith Nelson. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
      • DECCA.
  • Sian Phillips' Choice No. 2

    • Richard Strauss

      Der Rosenkavalier: Introduction

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • EMI.
  • Sian Phillips' Choice No. 3

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      III. Allegro vivace assai (Piano Concerto No.21)

      Performer: Annie Fischer. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
      • EMI.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Berceuse, Op 16

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Florent Boffard.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Proms Artist of the Week: Daniel Barenboim

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Concerto No.2

      Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
      • DG.
  • Francisco Guerrero

    Ave Maria

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL.

By Association

Answer: Beethoven and Mozart

The music played:

Variations on Mozart’s Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen (Die Zauberflote)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Alexander Melnikov (piano)


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