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Monday - Sarah Walker with Gyles Brandreth

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Viola Pieces; Record Review Recommendation: Mozart: Requiem; Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel in Schubert's Piano Sonata in C minor.

9am
My favourite... viola pieces. Viola player Cecil Aronowitz, who co-founded the Melos Ensemble and was a preferred extra with the Amadeus Quartet, was born one hundred years ago this week. To celebrate his anniversary Sarah chooses a selection of her favourite short pieces for Aronowitz's somewhat overlooked, even mocked, instrument, including works by Rebecca Clarke, Debussy, Strauss and Bach.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
Sarah's guest is Gyles Brandreth, the once MP and Government whip whose way with words makes him much in demand on television and radio, with appearances on everything from Countdown to Just a Minute. Gyles reminisces about meeting Yehudi Menuhin, and muses on the secrets of happiness and having fun, while choosing music by Liszt, Verdi, Janacek and Handel, every day at 10am.

10:30
Sarah features excerpts from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's Record Review

Mozart
Requiem

11am
Sarah's Artist of the Week is the world renowned pianist Alfred Brendel whose performances of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Liszt set the benchmark for interpretations of intelligence and authority. Sarah's outings of his top recordings complement Friday's BBC 4 documentary Perfect Pianists, a journey through 60 years of BBC archive that showcases some the greatest names in the history of the piano - including Brendel.

Schubert
Piano Sonata in C minor D.958
Alfred Brendel (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59 ‘Fur Elise'

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Overture in the Italian Style, D 591

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • WARNER.
  • MY FAVOURITE...VIOLA PIECES

    • Max Reger

      Suite for Viola in D major, Op.131d No.2

      Performer: Tabea Zimmermann.
      • MYRIOS CLASSICS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Larghetto (Egmont Incidental Music, Act 2)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: George Szell.
    • DECCA.
  • Thomas Arne

    Overture No.6 in B flat major

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'OISEAU LYRE.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nicolas Economou.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in C major, K.373

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
    • DG.
  • GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Reverend Clement Cotterill Scholefield

      'The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended’

      Composer: John Scott. Choir: The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral. Performer: Christopher Dearnley. Conductor: John Scott.
      • HELIOS.
  • GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Arthur Sullivan

      When I go out of door (Patience)

      Singer: George Baker. Singer: John Cameron. Choir: Glyndebourne Chorus. Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
      • EMI.
  • GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Nocturne and Wedding March (Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Maag.
      • DECCA.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S RECORD REVIEW

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Agnus Dei; Communio; Misericordias Domini; Introitus; Kyrie Eleison (Requiem)

      Singer: Joanne Lunn. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
      • LINN.
  • Gavin Bryars

    Agnus Dei (Cadman Requiem)

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble. Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Point Music.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ALFRED BRENDEL

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Sonata in C minor, D 958

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Lieutenent Kije - Symphonic Suite Op.60

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: George Szell.
    • Sony.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Ah come nascondere (La donna del lago)

    Singer: Juan Diego Flórez. Conductor: Roberto Abbado. Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Orchestra.
    • DECCA CLASSICS.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Mozart
Rondo for violin and orchestra in C major, K.373 
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
James MacMillan (conductor)
DECCA

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