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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Gyles Brandreth

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Viola Pieces; Max Richter's recomposed version of Vivaldi's Winter; Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel in Haydn'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: Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

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. Sarah explores Max Richter's modern, recomposed version of Vivaldi's Winter - a collaboration across the centuries.

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 sonata, No.33, Hob XVI:20
Alfred Brendel (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Max Richter

    Autumn 3 (The Four Seasons)

    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi. Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Raphael Alpermann. Orchestra: Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin. Conductor: André de Ridder.
    • DG.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G major, K 260

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • MIRARE.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Prelude to Act III (I lombardi alla prima crociata)

    Performer: Luca Santaniello. Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • My favourite... viola pieces

    • Claude Debussy

      Sonata for flute, viola and harp

      Performer: Aurèle Nicolet. Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Naoko Yoshino.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Robert White

    Christe qui lux es et dies IV

    Choir: Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge. Director: Mark Williams.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Antonio Rosetti

    Horn Concerto in E major,

    Performer: Sarah Willis. Orchestra: Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester. Conductor: Johannes Moesus.
    • CPO.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Old Abram Brown (Friday Afternoons)

    Performer: Viola Tunnard. Choir: Choir of Downside School, Purley. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • LONDON.
  • Gyles Brandreth's Choice No.1

    • Franz Liszt

      Transcendental Study in B flat minor, 'Snow Drift'

      Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
      • DG.
  • Gyles Brandreth's Choice No. 2

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      'Ritorna vincitor' (Aida, Act 1 Scene 1)

      Singer: Rita Hunter. Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Dobbs Franks.
  • Gyles Brandreth's Choice No. 3

    • Richard Strauss

      Am Spieltisch, Op.72 no.3

      Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Franz Welser‐Möst.
      • BR KLASSIK.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    11 Bagatelles for piano (Op.119), no.9 in A minor;

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Beethoven: Alfred Brendel plays, vol.4.
    • Vox Box.
    • 43.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Winter 2 (The Four Seasons)

      Composer: Max Richter. Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Raphael Alpermann. Orchestra: Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin. Conductor: André de Ridder.
      • DG.
  • Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff


    Performer: Anja Lechner. Performer: Vassilis Tsabropoulos.
    • ECM.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Gayaneh (excerpt)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • ONYX.
  • Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    5 Preludes for guitar, no.1 in E minor;

    Performer: Carlos Bonell.
    • The Private Collection: Carlos Bonell.
    • Upbeat Classics.
  • Richard Strauss

    4 Letzte Lieder for voice and orchestra (AV.150) [complete]

    Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt. Singer: Lucia Popp. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • R.Strauss: Vier Letzte Lider, etc.: Popp,Tennstedt.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.

Imperfect Harmony

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Old Abram Brown (Friday Afternoons)
New London Children’s Choir
Alexander Wells (piano)
Ronald Corp (conductor)

Nachtmusik I (Symphony No.7)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)


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