Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Louis de Bernières
With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite American Songs; Music in Time: Schumann: Fantasty in C, Op 17; Artists of the Week: Brodsky Quartet, featured in Delius's String Quartet.
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 our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.
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. The spotlight is on the Romantic period and Robert Schumann's new conception of musical structure in his Fantasy in C, Op. 17.
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.
My favourite... American songs
Louis de Bernieres' Choice No. 1
Louis de Bernieres' Choice No. 2
Music in Time: Romantic
Artists of the Week: The Brodsky Quartet
The music played:
Brandenburg Concerto No.3: 1st movement
Jeannette Sorrell (director)