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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Andrew Neil

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the music of St Mark's, Venice; Handel: Keyboard Suite No 7; pianist Murray Perahia, featured in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3.

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: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.

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 charts the development of the Baroque dance suite with Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432.

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.

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Murray Perahia (piano)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MURRAY PERAHIA

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Sonata in A major, K 212

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

    • Claudio Merulo

      Canzons Nos. 18 & 23

      Ensemble: Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble. Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock.
      • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Leonel Power

    Credo (Missa 'Alma redemptoris mater')

    Choir: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Schauspiel Overture, Op 4

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Overture on Hebrew Themes

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Edward Elgar

    A Song of Autumn

    Singer: Konrad Jarnot. Performer: Reinild Mees.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Zigeunerweisen, Op 20

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
    • DG.
  • Sherman Myers

    Johnny on the Spot

    Performer: John Kitchen.
    • DELPHIAN.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      II. Allegretto (Symphony No.7)

      Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
      • TELDEC.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Anton Bruckner

      IV. Finale (Symphony No.7)

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Eugen Jochum.
      • EMI.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: BAROQUE

    • George Frideric Handel

      Keyboard Suite No.7 in G minor, HWV432

      Performer: Lisa Smirnova.
      • ECM.
  • William Alwyn

    Suite of Scottish Dances

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • ASV.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MURRAY PERAHIA

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor

      Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
      • CBS.
  • George Gershwin

    Fidgety Feet

    Music Arranger: Michael Finnissy. Performer: Joanna MacGregor.
    • LDR RECORDS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Magnificat à 6

    Performer: Ian Watson. Singer: Ann Monoyios. Singer: Marinella Pennichi. Singer: Mark Tucker. Singer: Nigel Robson. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Singer: Alastair Miles. Choir: London Oratory Junior Choir. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.

Mystery Place

Answer: Usher Hall

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