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Monday - Sarah Walker with Antony Sher

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Operatic Intermezzos; Building a Library: A piece by Henri Dutilleux; Artist of the Week: CPE Bach: Cello Concerto in A.

9am
My favourite... operatic intermezzos. In this new feature Sarah shares her top operatic intermezzos, highlighting the emotional directness and unforgettable melodies of these orchestral miniatures, tucked inside operas by Puccini, Wolf Ferrari, Offenbach, Leoncavallo and Mascagni.

9.30am
Take part in our daily music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery object.

10am
At the start of the year that marks 400 years since Shakespeare's death, Sarah's guest is the Laurence Olivier Award-winning actor Antony Sher. Antony is a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has acted many of the Bard's most famous roles, from Richard III to Falstaff. He has written a number of books recording the stages of researching, rehearsing and performing great Shakespearean parts, offering a behind the scenes look at the Royal Shakespeare Company at work. Throughout the week Antony shares a selection of his favourite classical music, talks about bringing Mahler to life on the stage and explains how he is preparing for his starring role in King Lear.

10.30am
Sarah features a piece by Henri Dutilleux following the survey of his works in last Saturday's Record Review

11am
Sarah's Artists of the Week are the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. When they started out in 1986, this unique period instrument band decided to throw away the orchestral rule book. They were self-governing, their leaders rotated, and they worked with a range of conductors. Despite their name, they are keen to explore a wide repertoire, from Monteverdi to Mahler and beyond; and their four Principal Artists are Sir Simon Rattle, Ivan Fischer, Sir Mark Elder and Vladimir Jurowski. To celebrate the orchestra's thirtieth anniversary year, Sarah showcases a range of their recordings, demonstrating their diversity, artistry, and the brilliantly incisive, colourful style of playing.

CPE Bach
Cello Concerto in A
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Anner Bylsma (cello)
Gustav Leonhardt (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THE ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Versicle/Response (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin)

      Choir: The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director: Robert Howarth.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Thomas Arne

    Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)

    Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • HELIODOR.
  • MY FAVOURITE...OPERATIC INTERMEZZOS

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Intermezzo (Suor Angelica)

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Trio in G major, K 564

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Christianne Stotijn.
    • ONYX.
  • Giovanni Picchi

    Canzon No 19 in eight parts

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
    • HYPERION.
  • Jean Françaix

    Theme and variations

    Performer: Julian Bliss. Performer: Bradley Moore.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Henry Purcell

    Of all the instruments that are

    Performer: Richard Boothby. Singer: Douglas Wootton. Singer: Haden Andrews. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • VIRGIN VERITAS.
  • William Lawes

    Royall Consort Suite no.1 in D minor

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm. Director: Laurence Dreyfus.
    • LINN.
  • ANTONY SHER'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Variations 16-18)

      Performer: Arthur Rubinstein. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
      • RCA.
  • ANTONY SHER'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring (Part 1)

      Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
      • DG.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S RECORD REVIEW

    • Henri Dutilleux

      Au gre des ondes (6 little piano pieces)

      Performer: Anne Queffélec.
      • ERATO.
  • Franz Danzi

    Wind Quintet in G minor, Op.56`2

    Ensemble: Ensemble Wien-Berlin.
    • DG.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THE ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      Cello Concerto in A, Wq.172

      Performer: Anner Bylsma. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Gustav Leonhardt.
      • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • Gaetano Donizetti

      Mon seul trésor (Les martyrs)

      Singer: Michael Spyres. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
      • OPERA RARA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Green (Ariettes oubliées)

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Lisa Milne.
    • HYPERION.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La valse

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major, RV 572, 'Il Protea ò sia il modo al rovescio'

    Performer: Lisa Beznosiuk. Performer: Neil McLaren. Performer: Anthony Robson. Performer: James Eastaway. Performer: Margaret Faultless. Performer: David Watkin. Performer: Paul Nicholson.
    • LINN.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Allegretto (9 Epigrams)

    Performer: Natalie Clein. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • Hyperion.

Mystery Object

Answer: Viol

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