Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Thursday - Sarah Walker with David Gower

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Character Dances; Music in Time: Bach: Fugue in G minor, BWV578; Artist of the Week: Martin Frost, in Debussy's Premiere rapsodie.

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 our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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 turns to the Baroque and the master of the fugue JS Bach, showcasing his Fugue in G minor BWV578.

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.

Debussy
Premiere rapsodie
Martin Fröst (clarinet).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MARTIN FRÖST

    • Anders Hillborg

      Primal Blues

      Performer: Martin Fröst. Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: Adolf Fredrik's Girls Choir.
      • SONY.
  • MY FAVOURITE...CHARACTER DANCES

    • Jacques Offenbach

      Mazurka (Gaîté parisienne)

      Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
      • RCA.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Mazurka in B minor, Op.3 No.1; Mazurka in E major, Op.3 No.4

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • BIS.
  • Michael Haydn

    Symphony No.14 in B flat major, P.52

    Orchestra: German Chamber Academy of Neuss. Conductor: Frank Beermann.
    • CPO.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    The Spring Fairy (Cinderella)

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Marche Slave, Op.31

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DECCA.
  • Gottfried August Homilius

    Derr Herr ist mein Hirte

    Choir: Rheinische Kantorei. Conductor: Hermann Max.
    • MDG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante defunte

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • DAVID GOWER'S CHOICE NO. 1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Jauchzet, frohlocket (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)

      Choir: Amsterdam Baroque Choir. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
      • ERATO.
  • DAVID GOWER'S CHOICE NO. 2

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      IV. Finale (Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64)

      Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • DG.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Fugue in G minor, BWV578

      Performer: Simon Preston.
      • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
    • COLLINS CLASSICS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major BWV.564 (Fugue)

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
    • HMV Classics.
    • 16.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MARTIN FRÖST

    • Claude Debussy

      Première rhapsodie for clarinet and piano

      Performer: Martin Fröst. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
      • BIS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40

    Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Ettore Gracis.
    • WARNER.
  • Philip Stopford

    Hope

    Performer: Luke Bond. Choir: Truro Cathedral Choir. Director: Chris Gray.
    • Do not be afraid.
    • Regent.
    • 10.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in A, H XV:18

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Ravel
Pavane pour une infante defunte
Paris Orchestra
Jean Martinon (conductor)
EMI

Broadcast

Our Classical Century

Our Classical Century

Radio 3 explores 100 key musical moments that shaped us, from 1918 to the present day.

Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.