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Friday - Sarah Walker with Louis de Bernières

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite American Songs; Music in Time: Satie: Je te veux; Artists of the Week: Brodsky Quartet, featured in Respighi's Il tramonto.

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 today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well known song.

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. The focus is on the Modern period and the influence of cabaret clubs on the music of Erik Satie, particularly his song Je te veux.

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.

Respighi
Il tramonto
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Brodsky Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc

    Les chemins de l'amour

    Performer: Mischa Maisky. Performer: Daria Hovora.
    • DG.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Igor Markevitch.
    • PHILIPS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...AMERICAN SONGS

    • Charles Ives

      The Housatonic at Stockbridge

      Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Gerald Finley.
      • HYPERION.
  • James Stewart Robertson

    The Liverpool Hornpipe

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Frank McGuire.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Tom Anderson

    Peter's Peerie Boat

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Frank McGuire.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Harpsichord Suite in F minor, HWV433

    Performer: Paul Nicholson.
    • HYPERION.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Symphony No.10 in B minor

    Ensemble: London Concertante.
    • ZUM RECORDS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Nunc dimittis (All-Night Vigil)

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846

      Performer: Angela Hewitt.
      • HYPERION.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES CHOICE NO.2

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Sicilienne

      Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Pascal Devoyon.
      • RCA.
  • LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES CHOICE NO.3

    • Charles‐Marie Widor

      I. Moderato (Suite for flute and piano, Op.34)

      Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Performer: Love Derwinger.
      • BIS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • Erik Satie

      Je te veux

      Singer: Juliette. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • John McCabe

    Visions (Mangan Triptych)

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • NAXOS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D major for oboe, bassoon and string, RV 545

    Performer: Alberto Grazzi. Performer: Alfredo Bernardini. Ensemble: Ensemble Zefiro. Director: Alfredo Bernardini.
    • NAÏVE.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THE BRODSKY QUARTET

    • Ottorino Respighi

      Il Tramonto (The Sunset)

      Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
      • CHALLENGE CLASSICS.
  • Margaret Hubicki

    Lonely Mere and Rigaudon

    Performer: Robert Max. Performer: James Kirby.
    • Chandos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • DG.

Classical Roots

Answer: Eric Carmen's 'All By Myself' is based on the 2nd movement of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2

The music played:

Eric Carmen
All By Myself
Eric Carmen
ARISTA

 
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.2: 2nd movement 
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
DECCA

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