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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Andrew Neil

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the music of St Mark's, Venice; Pianist Murray Perahia, featured in Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

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 musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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 places Music in Time as she travels back to the Classical period to hear the conclusion of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, a revolutionary opera where ordinary people get the better of their overlords.

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.

Bartok
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Murray Perahia, Georg Solti (pianos)
David Corkhill, Evelyn Glennie (percussion).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No.3 in F

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Organ Sonata in C minor, Op 65 No 2

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • ARGO.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...THE MUSIC OF ST MARK'S VENICE

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Laetatus sum

      Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Claude Debussy

    Dances for harp and string orchestra

    Performer: Vera Badings. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Amy Beach

    Chanson d’amour (Three Songs, Op.21 No.1)

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Performer: James Lisney.
    • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6 No.5

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • L’OISEAU LYRE.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan and Ludmila (Overture)

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • NEWTON.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Erik Satie

      Gymnopedie No.3 - lent et grave

      Performer: Klára Körmendi.
      • NAXOS.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Joaquín Rodrigo

      Concierto de Aranjuez (2nd mvt)

      Performer: Miles Davis. Performer: Paul Chambers. Performer: Jimmy Cobb. Performer: Elvin Jones. Music Arranger: Gil Evans. Orchestra: Jazz Orchestra.
      • COLUMBIA.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Marriage of Figaro (Act 4: conclusion)

      Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Singer: Véronique Gens. Singer: Patrizia Ciofi. Singer: Lorenzo Regazzo. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager. Singer: Kobie van Rensburg. Singer: Antonio Abete. Singer: Núria Rial. Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Conductor: René Jacobs.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Antonio Salieri

    La Locandiera (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Chandos.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MURRAY PERAHIA

    • Béla Bartók

      Sonata for two pianos and percussion

      Performer: Murray Perahia. Performer: Georg Solti. Performer: David Corkhill. Performer: Evelyn Glennie.
      • SONY.
  • Anton Webern

    Im Sommerwind

    Orchestra: Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Hänssler Classic.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Lieder und Gesange (selection)

    Orchestrator: Luciano Berio. Singer: Roderick Williams. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Glinka
Ruslan and Ludmila: Overture
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)
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