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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Robert Newman

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the French Flute School; Artist of the Week: pianist Stephen Kovacevich, featured in Bartok's Sonata for two pianos and percussion.

9am
This week Sarah presents '5 reasons to love... the French flute school'. A hugely influential figure in the school was Claude-Paul Taffanel, a fine player who also taught at the Paris Conservatoire. Taffanel created huge enthusiasm for the flute in 19th-century Paris and as a result many pieces were written for him and his followers. Throughout the week Sarah showcases some favourite flute works from this time, including music by Fauré, Gaubert, Enescu, Debussy, and Taffanel himself.

9.30am
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
Sarah's guest this week is the comedian Robert Newman. Robert shot to fame in the '90s with the sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience and made history when he and his comic partner David Baddiel became the first ever comedians to play and sell out Wembley arena. Billed as a rock star of the comedy world, Robert has also had a successful career as a novelist and journalist, as well as being a political activist. Known for comedy with a social conscience, Robert is currently touring with The Brain Show. He will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

10.30am
Sarah chooses music that reflects highlights from the 2015 BBC Proms season.

11am
Sarah's artist of the week is the Croatian-American pianist Stephen Kovacevich. One of the most respected musicians of his generation, Kovacevich is an acclaimed interpreter of the core classical repertoire and beyond.

Bartók
Sonata for two pianos and percussion
Stephen Kovacevich, Martha Argerich (piano)
Willy Goudswaard, Michael de Roo (percussion).

3 hours

Music Played

  • György Ligeti

    4. Presto ruvido (Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet)

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell Wind Quintet.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Tales from the Vienna Wood, Op.325

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
    • DG.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE... THE FRENCH FLUTE SCHOOL

    • George Enescu

      Cantabile et Presto

      Performer: Jean‐Pierre Rampal. Performer: Annie d'Arco.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Trio Sonata No 4 in G minor

    Ensemble: Musica Fiorita. Director: Daniela Dolci.
    • PAN CLASSICS.
  • Gabriel Pierné

    Les Cathédrales

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • CHANDOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STEPHEN KOVACEVICH

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Andante and 5 Variations in G major for piano duet, K.501

      Performer: Stephen Kovacevich. Performer: Martha Argerich.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Trois poemes de Mallarme

    Performer: Philippe Cassard. Singer: Véronique Dietschy.
    • DG.
  • ROB NEWMAN'S CHOICE NO. 1

    • anon.

      Tineifara

      Choir: The Tahitian Choir.
      • SHANACHIE.
  • ROB NEWMAN'S CHOICE NO. 2

    • Johannes Brahms

      Intermezzo in A major, Op 118 No 2

      Performer: Nicholas Angelich.
      • VIRGIN.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade for string quartet

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • György Ligeti

    Etude No.10, The Sorcerer's Apprentice; Etude No.4, Fanfares

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.
  • Franz Liszt

    Festklange

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Sketches for orchestra - no.2; Bear dance

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bartok: Orchestral Works Vol.1: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 4.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STEPHEN KOVACEVICH

    • Béla Bartók

      Sonata for two pianos and percussion

      Performer: Stephen Kovacevich. Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Willy Goudswaard. Performer: Michael De Roo.
      • PHILIPS.
  • LASSUS

    Magnificat secundi toni Praeter rerum seriem

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 22 in E flat major, 'The Philosopher'

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Debussy
Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
PHILIPS

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