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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Gyles Brandreth

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Viola Pieces; Music in Time: Bruckner: Christus factus est; Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel in Mozart's Piano Concerto in B flat.

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 today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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 places Music in Time. The spotlight is on Bruckner's Christus Factus Est, a sacred motet that illustrates the Romantic interest in music of the past, and a desire to communicate faith through music.

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 Concerto in B flat K595
Alfred Brendel (piano)
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sylvius Leopold Weiss

    Gigue (Sonata No 5 in C minor)

    Performer: Michel Cardin.
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

    Sinfonia in F major, F.67

    Ensemble: Il Convito. Performer: Maude Gratton. Director: Maude Gratton.
    • MIRARE.

    • Rebecca Clarke


      Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
      • NAXOS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3 No.2

    Orchestrator: Henry Wood. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite.
    • LYRITA.
  • Karl Goldmark

    Magische Töne, berauschender Duft (Die Königin von Saba)

    Singer: Nicolai Gedda. Orchestra: Magyar Állami Operaház zenekara. Conductor: Heinrich Bender.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Liszt

    La campanella (Grande études de Paganini)

    Performer: Valentina Lisitsa.
    • DECCA.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Rêverie et caprice, Op 8

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Nicola Porpora

    Alto Giove (Polifemo)

    Singer: Ewa Mallas-Godlewska. Singer: Derek Lee Ragin. Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques. Conductor: Christophe Rousset.
    • Auvidis.
  • Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer

    La Remouleuse

    Performer: Christophe Rousset.
    • Ambroisie.
    • 9.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Loure & Gavotte en Rondeau (Partita for solo violin in E major, BWV1006)

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin.
      • NAXOS.

    • Johannes Brahms

      Ballade in B, Op.10 No.4

      Performer: Julius Katchen.
      • LONDON.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Dance of the Bumblebee (Spalicek)

    Orchestra: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Conifer.

    • Anton Bruckner

      Christus factus est

      Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
  • Richard Wagner

    Prelude to Act 1 (Parsifal)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

    Les Bras de Mer

    • Astar Artes Recordings.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K 595

      Performer: Alfred Brendel. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    Salve regina

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Wild Dove, Op 110

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic.
    • Dvorak; Symphonic Poems; Mackerras.
    • Supraphon.
    • 4.

Mystery Person

Answer: Farinelli (Carlo Broschi)


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