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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with David Gower

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Character Dances; Music in Time: Debussy: Voiles; Artist of the Week: Martin Frost, in Brahms's Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115.

9am
My favourite... character dances. Many classical ballets incorporate stylized representations of traditional folk or national dances, and throughout the week Sarah chooses a handful of her favourite character dances from evergreen ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Coppelia.

9.30am
Take part in today's challenge: two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

10am
Sarah's guest is the broadcaster and former England cricket captain, David Gower. Famed as one of England's greatest batsmen, David was one of the most capped and highest scoring players of his time and led England to victory during the 1985 Ashes. Since retiring from professional cricket he has forged an equally successful career in the commentary box. David will be reminiscing about his time as cricket's golden boy, talking about his commentating career and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Byrd, Bach and Beethoven, every day at 10am.

10:30
Sarah places Music in Time as she explores Debussy's use of the whole tone scale to push at the limits of tonality in his piano prelude Voiles.

11am
Sarah's artist of the week is the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, one of the best wind instrumentalists of his generation. He has performed with some of the finest orchestras from around the world, as well as being a keen recitalist and chamber musician. Throughout the week Sarah shares Fröst's interpretations of classics of the clarinet repertoire including Crusell's Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Saint-Saëns's Sonata in E flat major, Brahms's Quintet in B minor, Debussy's Premiere rapsodie and Mozart's Concerto.

Brahms
Quintet in B minor Op.115 for clarinet and strings
Martin Fröst (clarinet)
Janine Jansen (violin)
Boris Brovtsyn (violin)
Maxim Rysanov (viola)
Torleif Thedéen (cello).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Selim Palmgren

    Veloce, No.13 (24 Preludes, Op.17)

    Performer: Henri Sigfridsson.
    • ONDINE.
  • MY FAVOURITE...CHARACTER DANCES

    • Léo Delibes

      Czardas (Coppelia)

      Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Claude Debussy

    La danse de Puck (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • BIS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Suite pour piano

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • DECCA.
  • William Byrd

    Mass for five voices (Credo)

    Choir: ORA.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Henry Purcell

    Chaconne (King Arthur)

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • ERATO.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Silent Woods

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Anna Polonsky.
    • Decca.
  • DAVID GOWER'S CHOICE

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      I. Allegro Moderato (Piano Concerto No.4, Op.58)

      Performer: Paul Lewis. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
      • 4.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MARTIN FRÖST

    • Alexander Scriabin

      I. Prelude in B major (5 Preludes for piano, Op.16)

      Music Arranger: Martin Fröst. Music Arranger: Roland Pöntinen. Performer: Martin Fröst. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
      • BIS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • Claude Debussy

      Voiles (Preludes Book 1)

      Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
      • DG.
  • Philip Glass

    Movement II (Violin Concerto No.2, 'American Four Seasons')

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Director: Gidon Kremer. Ensemble: Kremerata Baltica.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3'4

    Orchestra: Combattimento. Director: Jan Willem de Vriend.
    • CHALLENGE CLASSICS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MARTIN FRÖST

    • Johannes Brahms

      Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115

      Performer: Martin Fröst. Performer: Janine Jansen. Performer: Boris Brovtsyn. Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Torleif Thedéen.
      • BIS.
  • Horacio Salinas

    Danza de Cala Luna

    Performer: John Williams. Performer: Richard Harvey. Performer: Horacio Duran. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Concerto.
    • John Williams.
    • 5.
  • Francesco Maria Veracini

    Overture No 3 in B flat major

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Veracini: 5 Overtures: Musica Antiqua Koln/Goebel.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 11-15.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

J.S. Bach
Variation No.1 (Goldberg Variations)
Andras Schiff (piano)
ECM
 
Purcell
Chaconne (King Arthur)
Les Arts Florissants
Willaim Christie (conductor)
ERATO

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