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Monday - Sarah Walker with Andrew Neil

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the music of St Mark's, Venice; Poulenc: Flute Sonata; Pianist Murray Perahia, featured in Brahms's Handel Variations, Op 24.

9am
A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... the music of St Mark's Venice'. The iconic domes and multiple choir lofts of the opulent St Mark's Basilica in Venice led to the birth of the Venetian polychoral style, as composers experimented with the sound delays and unique effects of the building by positioning choirs around the cathedral. Throughout the week Sarah investigates how composers including Giovanni Gabrieli, Monteverdi and Merulo exploited the acoustics and architectural peculiarities of St Marks to create sixteenth-century surround-sound for their virtuosic vocal and instrumental compositions.

9.30am
Take part in our daily challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
This week's guest is Andrew Neil. A veteran broadcaster and one of Britain's best-known political journalists, Andrew presents the BBC's live political shows Daily Politics, Sunday Politics and This Week. Andrew will be talking about his career as a newspaper editor and journalist, and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

10.30am
Sarah features the recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

Poulenc
Flute Sonata

11am
Murray Perahia's big break came in 1972, when he became the first North American to win first prize at the Leeds Piano Competition. Since then he has put a remarkably wide range of repertoire on disc in a recording career that has lasted more than four decades, and is still going strong. Sarah features Perahia in one of the greatest versions of Schubert's Fantasie in F minor, where he's joined by Radu Lupu. There's also a critically acclaimed account of Brahms's Handel Variations, and two popular piano concertos: Beethoven's third and Chopin's first. Plus there's a rare opportunity to hear conductor Georg Solti at the piano when he joins Perahia in Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

Brahms
Handel Variations, Op. 24
Murray Perahia (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MURRAY PERAHIA

    • Johannes Brahms

      Intermezzo in C major, Op 119 No 3

      Performer: Murray Perahia.
      • SONY.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...THE MUSIC OF ST MARK'S VENICE

    • Giovanni Gabrieli

      Sonata a 22 S.241 [1615 no.20]

      Ensemble: Berlin Brass. Director: Lucas Vis.
      • PENTATONE.
  • Joachim Raff

    Macbeth Overture

    Orchestra: Swiss Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Trio in B flat major, D 28 'Sonatensatz'

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Robert White

    Christe qui lux es et dies IV

    Choir: Gallicantus. Director: Gabriel Crouch.
    • SIGNUM.
  • George Enescu

    Concert Overture on Popular Romanian Themes

    Orchestra: Tampere Filharmonia. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • ONDINE.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Malcolm Arnold

      I. Allegro non troppo (English Dances Op.33)

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
      • CHANDOS.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Gabriel Fauré

      In paradisum (Requiem Op.48)

      Performer: Douglas Tang. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
      • KING’S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Jean Sibelius

      Intermezzo (Karelia Suite, Op.11)

      Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
      • EMI.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Prelude No.5 in D major

    Performer: Narciso Yepes.
    • DG.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S CD REVIEW

    • Francis Poulenc

      Flute Sonata

      Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
      • BIS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in C major, RV 190

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Performer: Andrea Marcon. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Vivaldi: Concertos - Carmignola/Venice Baroque Orchestra/Marcon.
    • DG.
    • 4.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Les lilas avaient fleuri

    Performer: Carolyn Sampson. Performer: Joseph Middleton.
    • Fleurs.
    • BIS.
    • 23.
  • Claude Debussy

    La fille aux cheveux de lin (Preludes, Book 1)

    Orchestrator: Colin Matthews. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MURRAY PERAHIA

    • Johannes Brahms

      Handel Variations, Op.24

      Performer: Murray Perahia.
      • SONY.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Tamara

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • CHANT DU MONDE.
  • George Gershwin

    Swanee (The George Gershwin Song-book)

    Performer: Eugenie Russo.
    • CAMPION CAMEO.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Romania

The music played:

Ligeti
Concert romanesc
Berlin Philharmonic
Jonathan Nott (conductor)
WARNER

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