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Monday - Sarah Walker with Louis de Bernières

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite American Songs; Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5; Artists of the Week: Brodsky Quartet, featured in Dvorak's String Quartet.

9am
My favourite... American songs. Ranging from expressions of personal faith and childlike innocence to celebrations of American landscapes and jazz, Sarah chooses a handful of her favourite songs written by American composers including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber and George Gershwin.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
Sarah's guest this week is the author Louis de Bernières. Well known for his worldwide bestselling tale of love and war Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis's other works include the acclaimed Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter, as well as collections of poetry and short stories. His latest major novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, the first instalment of a family saga that opens with the end of the Victorian era, was released last year. Louis is also a keen musician and plays the flute, the guitar and, of course, the mandolin. Louis will be talking about his life and his writing, and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Sarah, every day at 10am.

10:30am
Sarah features excerpts from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's Record Review

Mendelssohn
Reformation Symphony

11am
Sarah's Artists of the Week are the Brodsky Quartet, named after the dedicatee of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Adolf Brodsky. The Brodskys are known for their insatiable desire to explore and expand the string quartet repertoire. Throughout the week Sarah showcases the quartet's passion for 'all good music' as she features their interpretations of classic quartets by Dvorak, Verdi, Debussy and Britten, as well as rare masterpieces by Respighi, Panufnik and Delius.

Dvorak
String Quartet, Op. 96 'American'
Brodsky Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'L'ho perduta' (The Marriage of Figaro)

    Performer: Mauro Squillante. Performer: Mara Galassi. Singer: Marinella Pennicchi.
    • STRADIVARIUS.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Dresden Concerto in G major, S 214

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • MY FAVOURITE...AMERICAN SONGS

    • Leonard Bernstein

      A Simple Song (Mass)

      Singer: Alan Titus. Orchestra: The Cast Stage Band. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
      • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise-fantaisie, Op 61

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Fountains of Rome

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon primi toni à 8

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • DECCA ELOQUENCE.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES' CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Lute Suite in E minor, BWV996

      Performer: John Williams.
      • CBS.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES' CHOICE NO.2

    • Francisco Tárrega

      Recuerdos de la Alhambra

      Performer: Andrés Segovia.
      • DG.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES' CHOICE NO.3

    • Claude Debussy

      Syrinx

      Performer: Katherine Bryan.
      • LINN.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES' CHOICE NO.4

    • Alessandro Marcello

      II. Adagio (Oboe Concerto in D minor)

      Performer: Marcel Ponseele. Ensemble: Il Gardellino.
      • ACCENT.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S RECORD REVIEW

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Symphony No.5 in D major, Op.107 ‘Reformation’

      Orchestra: Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Fey.
      • HANSSLER CLASSIC.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THE BRODSKY QUARTET

    • Antonín Dvořák

      String Quartet in F major, Op.96 ‘American’

      Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Laute, D 905

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV1046

    Performer: Paul Goodwin. Performer: Timothy Brown. Performer: Susan Dent. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director: Catherine Mackintosh.
    • EMI Classics.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Venice

The music played:

Arban
Theme and Variations on ‘The Carnival of Venice’
Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet)
Alexander Markovich (piano) 
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