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.
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.
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.
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.
Sarah features excerpts from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's Record Review
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.
Piano Sonata in C minor D.958
Alfred Brendel (piano).
MY FAVOURITE...VIOLA PIECES
GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.1
GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.2
GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.3
THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S RECORD REVIEW
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ALFRED BRENDEL
The music played:
Rondo for violin and orchestra in C major, K.373
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
James MacMillan (conductor)