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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.

String Quartet
Brodsky Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Kinderszenen)

    Performer: Philip Edward Fisher. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Tales from the Vienna Woods

    Orchestra: Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
    • EMI.
  • My favourite... American songs

    • George Gershwin

      Summertime (Porgy and Bess)

      Singer: Kathleen Battle. Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: André Previn.
      • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C major, K.330

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • DG.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Folk Dance; Dance of the Five Couples; Mandolin Dance (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Scherzo in C minor, WoO 2 (F.A.E. Sonata)

    Performer: Augustin Dumay. Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • ONYX.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 7 after J.S. Bach's cantatas

    Music Arranger: Bruce Haynes. Ensemble: Montreal Baroque. Director: Eric Milnes.
    • ATMA.
  • Louis de Bernieres' Choice No. 1

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Sonatine in C minor for mandolin and piano

      Performer: Alison Stephens. Performer: Richard Burnett.
      • AMON.
  • Louis de Bernieres' Choice No. 2

    • Giovanni Paisiello

      Mandolin Concerto in E flat major

      Performer: Ugo Orlandi. Ensemble: I Solisti Veneti. Conductor: Claudio Scimone.
      • ERATO.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Robert Schumann

      Fantasy in C major, Op.17 - 1st movement

      Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
      • DG.
  • Artists of the Week: The Brodsky Quartet

    • Frederick Delius

      String Quartet

      Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
      • ASV.
  • William Byrd

    Miserere mei, Deus

    Music Arranger: Nico Muhly. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • DECCA.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46

    Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Václav Neumann.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.3: 1st movement
Apollo’s Fire
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