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Friday - Sarah Walker with Alec Baldwin

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the Waltz and a music-related challenge.

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.

Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the place associated with a work.

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.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    No.3 in C (Four German Dances, K.602)

    Ensemble: Wiener Mozart Ensemble. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in E flat major, Op 117 No 1

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • LONDON.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Capriccio in C, Op.76 No.8

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • LONDON.

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Cinderella's Arrival at the Ball; Grand Waltz (Cinderella)

      Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
      • DECCA.
  • Jonathan Dove

    In beauty may I walk

    Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Matthew Owens.
  • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

    Concert Valse arr for trumpet and piano

    Performer: Sergei Nakariakov. Performer: Alexander Markovich.
    • TELDEC.

    • Maurice Ravel

      Lever du jour (Daphnis et Chloe)

      Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
      • DECCA.

    • Joaquín Rodrigo

      Concierto de Aranjuez: 2nd movement

      Performer: Regino Sainz de la Maza. Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España. Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta.
      • DOREMI.

    • Jean Sibelius

      Valse Triste

      Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
      • SONY.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fruhlingslied, D398

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • DG.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Vienna


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