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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Alec Baldwin

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the Waltz; Music in Time: Haydn: Concerto in E flat; Artists associated with Vienna: Beethoven: Piano Sonata in B flat.

9am
Sarah presents '5 Reasons to Love... the Waltz'. Throughout the week she enjoys its elegance and expressivity; its high-spirited flirtatiousness; its capacity to conjure up fairytale romance; the Viennese pride expressed in the waltzes of the Strauss family; and the way it can seem to spin out of control, revealing its darker side. Sarah shares waltzes by composers including Weber, Liszt, Johann Strauss II (arr. Webern), Chopin and Prokofiev.

9.30am
Take part in today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

10am
Sarah's guest is the Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin. A star of the small screen as well as the silver screen, Alec is known for both his comic and dramatic roles, and has amassed a list of film and TV credits including 30 Rock, The Hunt for Red October and the latest film in the Mission: Impossible series: Rogue Nation. Alec is a passionate classical music fan, whose damascene moment was hearing Mahler's 9th Symphony conducted by Sir Georg Solti whilst driving his car in Los Angeles. Mahler is still his number one love and he even had a special 'Mahler clause' inserted into his contract when filming It's Complicated. Alec also presents concerts for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra - he's said "It's my favourite job that I've ever had." Alec will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music every day at 10am, including pieces by Sibelius, Rodrigo and Ravel, as well as works by the British composers Vaughan Williams and Frank Bridge.

10.30am
Sarah places Music in Time as she travels back to the Classical period to hear Haydn's pioneering exploitation of the brand new keyed trumpet in his Concerto for trumpet and orchestra in E flat.

11am
In the week of Radio 3's annual broadcast of the long-running New Year's Day Concert from Vienna, Sarah presents four great artists associated with that famously musical city - Concentus Musicus Wien, the Alban Berg Quartet, Friedrich Gulda and the Vienna Philharmonic, in music by Bach, Ravel, Richard Strauss and Beethoven.

Beethoven
Piano Sonata in B flat, Op 106 ('Hammerklavier')
Friedrich Gulda, piano.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

    ‘Schuetze’ (Sagittarius) from Tierkreis (Zodiac)

    Ensemble: Schlagwerk Nordwest Percussion Ensemble.
    • ANTES EDITION.
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Sagittarius (Zodiac)

    Performer: Schlagwerk Nordwest Percussion Ensemble.
    • ANTES EDITION.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV1047

    Performer: Markus Stockhausen. Performer: Michael Faust. Performer: Diethelm Jonas. Performer: Christoph Poppen. Performer: Waldemar Döling. Orchestra: Detmolder Kammerorchester.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047

    Performer: Markus Stockhausen. Performer: Christoph Poppen. Performer: Michael Faust. Performer: Diethelm Jonas. Orchestra: Detmolder Kammerorchester. Conductor: Christoph Poppen.
    • EMI.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    O Sacrum Convivium

    Choir: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Conductor: Peter Dijkstra.
    • OEHMS.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    O Sacrum Convivium

    Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Conductor: Peter Djikstra.
    • OEHMS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...THE WALTZ

    • Frédéric Chopin

      3 Waltzes, Op.64

      Performer: Samson François.
      • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.17 in G, K.129

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.17 in G, K.129

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphonies of Winds

    Ensemble: The Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • NAXOS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920 version)

    Ensemble: Twentieth-Century Classics Ensemble. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • NAXOS.
  • ALEC BALDWIN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Strauss II

      Kunstlerleben

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Künstlerleben, Op 316

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • ALEC BALDWIN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in D flat major, Op.27 No.2

      Performer: Lang Lang.
      • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in D flat major, Op 27 No 2

    Performer: Lang Lang.
    • DG.
  • Sulpitia Cesis

    Parvulus filius

    Ensemble: Capella Artemisia. Director: Candace Smith.
    • Tactus.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Joseph Haydn

      Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H VIIe 1

      Performer: Mark Bennett. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
      • Haydn: Concertos: Bennett/Goodwin/Pinnock/English Concert/Pinnock.
      • Archiv.
      • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
    • JS Bach: Violin Concertos.
    • Hyperion.
    • 10-12.
  • Benjamin Britten

    'Now the Great Bear and Pleiades' (Peter Grimes, Act I)

    Singer: Alan Oke. Conductor: Steuart Bedford. Orchestra: Britten-Pears Orchestra.
    • SIGNUM.
  • VIENNESE ARTIST: FRIEDRICH GULDA

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in B flat, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'

      Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
      • DECCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Water Music (Suite I)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.

Classical Roots

Answer: Billy Joel's 'This Night' is based on the 2nd movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 'Pathetique'

The music played:

Billy Joel
'This Night'
Album: An Innocent Man
Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd

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