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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Louis de Bernières

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite American Songs; Music in Time: Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie; Artists of the Week: Brodsky Quartet, featured in Debussy's String Quartet in G minor.

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: can you remember the television show that featured this piece of classical music?

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 places Music in Time as she turns to the Baroque period and Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, an opera which helped to define the musical philosophy of the time.

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.

Debussy
String Quartet in G minor
Brodsky Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Dr Gradus ad Parnassum (Children's Corner)

    Performer: Arturo Michelangeli.
    • DG.
  • František Benda

    Flute Concerto in E minor

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam.
    • EMI.
  • MY FAVOURITE... AMERICAN SONGS

    • Aaron Copland

      I've heard an organ talk sometimes (12 poems of Emily Dickinson)

      Performer: André Previn. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
      • DECCA.
  • Aaron Copland

    Going to heaven! (12 poems of Emily Dickinson)

    Performer: André Previn. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
    • DECCA.
  • Leo Brouwer

    Berceuse

    Performer: John Williams.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Judith Weir

    Ascending into Heaven

    Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College. Performer: Matthew Fletcher. Conductor: Geoffrey Webber.
    • DELPHIAN.
  • Johann Joseph Fux

    Ouverture a 4 (Concentus musico-instrumentalis No.6)

    Ensemble: Clemencic Consort. Director: René Clemencic.
    • OEHMS.
  • John Philip Sousa

    The Liberty Bell

    Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • MERCURY.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIERES' CHOICE NO. 1

    • Max Bruch

      Concerto for two pianos, Op 88a (3rd mvt)

      Performer: Güher Pekinel. Performer: Süher Pekinel. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • CHANDOS.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIERES' CHOICE NO. 2

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Requiem: Dies irae; Requiem aeternam

      Singer: Anja Harteros. Choir: Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
      • EMI.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Schön Rosmarin

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Paul Coker.
    • DECCA.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: BAROQUE

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Hippolyte et Aricie, Act 4 Scene 3

      Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Anna Maria Panzarella. Singer: Mireille Delunsch. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: William Christie.
      • ERATO.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Violin Concerto No.9 in G major (L'Arte del Violino, Op.3)

    Performer: Elizabeth Wallfisch. Orchestra: Raglan Baroque Players. Conductor: Nicholas Kraemer.
    • HYPERION.
  • ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: THE BRODSKY QUARTET

    • Claude Debussy

      String Quartet in G minor

      Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Cecil Coles

    Elegy

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Robin Tritschler.
    • Songs of 1914.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 28 in C major, K.200

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Mozart: The Symphonies: Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 1-4.

Heard on Screen

Answer: Monty Python's Flying Circus

The music played:

Sousa
The Liberty Bell  
Eastman Wind Ensemble
Frederick Fennell (conductor)
MERCURY

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