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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Louis de Bernières

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite American Songs; Music in Time; Artists of the Week: the Brodsky Quartet, featured in Verdi's String Quartet in E minor.

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.

Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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.

Sarah places Music in Time as she travels back to the classical period and Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail to explore the influence of Janissary band music, the military music of elite Ottoman troops, on the leading composers of the day.

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.

String Quartet in E minor
Brodsky Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Humoresque in G flat major, Op 101 No 7

    Music Arranger: Paul Cassidy. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A major, Op 118 No 2

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • ERATO.

    • Richard McNemar


      Singer: Daniel McCabe. Ensemble: The Boston Camerata. Choir: The Schola Cantorum of Boston. Choir: Shakers of Sabbathday Lake. Director: Joel Cohen.
      • ERATO.
  • Edward Elgar

    Froissart Overture, Op 19

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847 (Prelude)

    Performer: Jelena Očić. Performer: Federico Lovato. Music Arranger: Ignaz Moscheles.
  • Franz Berwald

    Play of the Elves

    Orchestra: Gävle symfoniorkester. Conductor: Petri Sakari.
    • NAXOS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto Grosso in A minor, RV 522

    Ensemble: Red Priest.
    • DORIAN.
  • Fanny Hensel

    September (The Year)

    Performer: Lauma Skride.
    • SONY.

    • Joseph Haydn

      III. Finale (Trumpet Concerto in E flat major)

      Performer: Mark Bennett. Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
      • ARCHIV.

    • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

      I. Allegro con spirito (Trumpet Concerto in E flat major)

      Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Thomas Klug. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
      • EMI.
  • Angy Palumbo

    Petite Bolero

    Performer: Craig Ogden (guitar). Performer: Alison Stephens (mandolin).

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Abduction from the Seraglio (Overture)

      Ensemble: Sarband. Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Director: Werner Ehrhardt. Director: Vladimir Ivanoff.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.76 in E flat major

    Orchestra: Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra. Conductor: Ádám Fischer.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Jules Massenet

    Toccata for piano

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy/Ravel: Works For Piano And Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 10.

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      String Quartet in E minor

      Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus (1707)

    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Singer: Lynne Dawson. Singer: Lynda Russell. Singer: Charles Brett. Singer: Ian Partridge. Singer: Michael George. Choir: The Sixteen. Orchestra: Sixteen Orchestra.
    • Handel: Dixit Dominus: Harry Christophers.
    • Chandos.
    • 12-20.

Mystery Person

Answer: Fanny Mendelssohn


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