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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Sam Neill

With Sarah Walker. Five Reasons to Love the Film Scores of Hollywood's Emigre Composers; Artist of the Week: The Lindsay String Quartet, featured in Ravel's String Quartet.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... the film scores of Hollywood's émigré composers'. Hollywood provided a refuge for many European composers from the seismic events that shook Europe in the years leading up to the Second World War, and a handful of them made a living writing film music for the studios there. Throughout the week Sarah explores classic scores by composers including Miklos Rozsa, Max Steiner and Erich Korngold.

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

Sarah's guest this week is the actor Sam Neill. Sam has starred in television series including Reilly, Ace of Spies, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders and in films ranging from The Hunt for Red October and The Piano to Dead Calm and Jurassic Park. Throughout the week Sam shares an eclectic selection of his favourite classical music, with choices including Robert Schumann and Philip Glass. He also discusses the music from his films and tells Sarah why Dvorak's Ninth Symphony reminds him of his father.

Sarah chooses music that reflects highlights from the 2015 BBC Proms season.

Sarah's artist of the week is the Lindsay String Quartet, one of the foremost quartets of the 20th century. Led by the inspirational Peter Cropper, who died earlier this year, The Lindsays became famous for their informal chamber music concerts, which introduced a new generation to the string quartet repertoire.

String Quartet
Lindsay String Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    III. Poissons d’Or (Images, Book 2)

    Performer: Walter Gieseking.
    • EMI.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Dresden Concerto in F major, S 234

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Miklós Rózsa

    Thief of Baghdad (excerpts)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Laudate pueri, Dominum BuxWV69

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet. Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Scherzo in E-flat minor, Op.4

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • LONDON.
  • Carl Nielsen

    An Imaginary Journey to the Faroes

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Carl Nielsen: Orchestral music: Danish National Symphony Orch/Dausgaard.
    • Dacapo.
    • 10.
  • Julius Fucik

    Entry of the Gladiators

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
  • Richard Strauss

    Im Abendrot (Four Last Songs)

    Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Robert Schumann

    Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Kinderszenen, Op.15)

    Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
    • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Kind im Einschlummern; Der Dichter spricht (Kinderszenen, Op.15)

    Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
    • DG.
  • Michael Nyman

    A Wild and Distant Shore (The Piano)

    Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Nyman.
    • VENTURE.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Triple Concerto in E major for flute, oboe d'amore and viola, TWV 53 E1

    Performer: Stephen Preston. Performer: Clare Shanks. Performer: Monica Huggett. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Hamish MacCunn

    The Ship o' the Fiend - overture (Op.5)

    Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • MacCunn: Land of the Mountain & the Flood: BBCSSO, Brabbins.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA66815.
  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet in F major

    Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
    • ASV.
  • John Foulds

    Keltic Suite, Op 29

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • J Foulds, Keltic Suite: BBC Concert Orchestra/Corp.
    • Epoch.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat major, D 935 No 2

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • OTTAVO.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Entrance of the Gladiators
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor)


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