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Friday - Sarah Walker with Andrew Neil

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the music of St Mark's, Venice; Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks; pianist Murray Perahia, featured in Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1.

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 today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

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 with Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, an example of Neoclassicism, a key Modern trend.

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.

Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Murray Perahia (piano)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MURRAY PERAHIA

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Study in G flat major, Op 10 No 5, 'Black Key'

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

    • Giovanni Gabrieli

      In ecclesiis a 14

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
      • KINGS COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    La rencontre imprévue (Overture)

    Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Ensemble: Sarband.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
    • HYPERION.
  • William Walton

    Crown Imperial

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • WARNER.
  • Norbert Burgmüller

    Duo in E flat major, Op.15

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Samson et Dalila - Bacchanale

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Fete a la Francaise: Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal/Dutoit.
    • Decca.
    • 6.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor (4th mvt, 'Adagietto')

      Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
      • SONY.
  • ANDREW NEIL'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Edvard Grieg

      Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Lyric Pieces, Book 8)

      Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
      • EMI.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Dumbarton Oaks

      Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
      • DG.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Violin Concerto in B flat major

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • ARCHIV.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MURRAY PERAHIA

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

      Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
      • SONY.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage

    Another Set To

    Performer: Christian Lindberg. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Andrea Gabrieli

    Laura soave, vita di mia vita; O passi sparsi, o pensier vaghi e pronti

    Performer: Eligio Quinteiro. Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Ensemble: The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHANDOS.

Classical Roots

Answer: 'If I Had Words' is based on Saint-Saens' Symphony No.3 (2)

The music played:

Scott Fitzgerald
'If I Had Words'
Scott Fitzgerald (singer)
Yvonne Keeley (singer)
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