Thursday - Sarah Walker with Gyles Brandreth
With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Viola Pieces; Josquin: La deploration sur la mort de Johannes Ockeghem; Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5.
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 challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.
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, heading back to the Renaissance to hear Josquin's motet-chanson La déploration sur la mort de Johannes Ockeghem. The motet-chanson was a specialised vocal form of the Renaissance, combining music from Latin sacred chant with secular French song.
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 No.5 'Emperor' in E flat Op.73
Alfred Brendel (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor).