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Wednesday - 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 Chopin's Three Nocturnes, Op 9.

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 today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related object.

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.

Three Nocturnes, Op. 9
Daniel Barenboim (piano).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Proms Artist of the Week: Daniel Barenboim

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Waltz in D flat 'Minute', Op.64 No.1

      Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D minor for 2 violins and organ, RV 565

    Performer: Georg Kallweit. Performer: Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir. Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Director: Georg Kallweit.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Les Six

    • Germaine Tailleferre

      Concertino for harp and orchestra

      Performer: Gillian Benet. Orchestra: The Women’s Philharmonic. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
      • KOCH.
  • John Dowland

    Sir John Smith, his Almain

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op 46 No 8

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • Charles Avison

    Sonata in G major for harpsichord, violins and cello, Op 5 No 5

    Performer: Gary Cooper. Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
  • György Ligeti

    Poeme symphonique for 100 metronomes

    Performer: Nicholas Collon.
    • WARNER.
  • Sian Phillips' Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita No 1 in B flat major for keyboard, BWV 825

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
      • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March No 5 in C major, Op 39

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • Elgar: Pomp and circumstance marches: Philharmonia Orchestra/Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Proms Artist of the Week: Daniel Barenboim

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Three Nocturnes, Op 9

      Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • DG.
  • Hamish MacCunn

    Highland Memories

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • The Land of the Mountain and the Flood.
    • ASV.
    • 14-16.

Mystery Object

Answer: Metronome


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