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).
My favourite... viola pieces
Gyles Brandreth's Choice No.1
Gyles Brandreth's Choice No. 2
Gyles Brandreth's Choice No. 3
Music in Time: Modern
Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel
The music played:
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)