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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.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.

10am
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.

10:30
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.

11am
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.

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' in E flat Op.73
Alfred Brendel (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ALFRED BRENDEL

    • Robert Schumann

      Traumeswirren (Fantasiestücke, Op 12)

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Robert Schumann

    II. Lebhaft, leicht (Fantasiestucke, Op.73)

    Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott. Performer: Robert Kulek.
    • ORFEO.
  • Arnold Bax

    The Garden of Fand (a Symphonic Poem)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • LYRITA.
  • MY FAVOURITE... VIOLA PIECES

    • Paul Hindemith

      Meditation: Sehr langsam (Nobilissima visione)

      Performer: Lawrence Power. Performer: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
      • HYPERION.
  • Marcel Lanquetuit

    Toccata in D major

    Performer: Gillian Weir.
    • PRIORY.
  • Béla Bartók

    Melody (Hungarian Sketches, Sz97)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    La cathedrale engloutie (Preludes, Book I)

    Performer: Monique Haas.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Benvenuto Cellini (Overture)

    Orchestra: Bastille Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • DG.
  • GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Joseph Haydn

      String Quartet in E flat major, Op 33 No 2, 'The Joke' - 1st movement, Allegro moderato cantabile

      Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Leos Janáček

      IV. Allegro (String Quartet No.2, ‘Intimate Letters’)

      Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Anthony Holborne

    The Honie-suckle

    Performer: Ronald Romm. Performer: Frederic Mills. Performer: David Ohanian. Performer: Eugene Watts. Performer: Charles Daellenbach. Music Arranger: Mark Kroll. Ensemble: Canadian Brass.
    • Canadian Brass: English Renaissance Music.
    • CBS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE

    • Josquin des Prez

      La deploration de la mort de Johannes Ockeghem

      Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
      • EMI.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Nightride and Sunrise

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • RCA.
  • Herbert Howells

    The Scribe - part-song for chorus

    Ensemble: The Donald Hunt Singers. Director: Donald Hunt.
    • Sumsion, Howells and Finzi: Cathedral and Organ Music, Worcester Cathedral Choir.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ALFRED BRENDEL

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’

      Performer: Alfred Brendel. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphonies of Winds

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts: Act 2 sc.4; Lascia ch'io pianga [aria, Almirena]

    Singer: Miah Persson. Director: René Jacobs. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
    • Haendel - Rinaldo.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 14.

Mystery Place

Answer: Opera Bastille

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