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Friday - Sarah Walker with Gyles Brandreth

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Viola Pieces; Music in Time: Mozart: 12 Variations on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman; Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel in Liszt's Piano Sonata.

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 musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

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 with a study of Classical symmetry and sense of proportion in Mozart's Twelve Variations on 'Ah vous dirai-je, Maman'

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.

Liszt
Piano Sonata in B minor S178
Alfred Brendel (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Septet in E flat major, Op 20 (Scherzo)

    Performer: Emanuel Hurwitz. Performer: Cecil Aronowitz. Performer: Terence Weil. Performer: Adrian Beers. Performer: Gervase de Peyer. Performer: Keith Puddy. Performer: Peter Graeme. Performer: Sarah Barrington. Performer: William Waterhouse. Performer: Edgar Williams. Performer: James Buck. Performer: Neill Sanders. Orchestra: Melos Ensemble.
    • Beethoven The Collector's Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 5.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Castor et Pollux (Overture)

    Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques. Director: Christophe Rousset.
    • L'OISEAU LYRE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, BWV.992

    Performer: Claire‐Marie Le Guay.
    • MIRARE.
  • MY FAVOURITE...VIOLA PIECES

    • Richard Strauss

      Sextet from Capriccio

      Performer: Cecil Aronowitz. Performer: William Pleeth. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
      • BBC LEGENDS.
  • Trad.

    She's like the swallow

    Music Arranger: Bob Chilcott. Choir: Tenebrae Consort. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Grand Duo Concertant in E major

    Performer: Maria Kliegel. Performer: Bernd Glemser.
    • NAXOS.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Pavane

    Orchestra: London Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Warren‐Green.
    • SIGNUM.
  • GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.1

    • George Frideric Handel

      Overture [excerpt] to Il pastor fido, HWV8a

      Orchestra: La Nuova Musica. Conductor: David Bates.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • GYLES BRANDRETH'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Julius Fucik

      Der alte Brummbär, Op.210

      Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
      • TELDEC.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Hymn to the Virgin

    Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Richard Marlow.
    • CONIFER.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      12 Variations on 'Ah vous dirai-je, Maman', K 265

      Performer: Sir András Schiff.
      • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    III. Rondo alla turca (Piano Sonata in A major, K.331)

    Music Arranger: Amis, Kenneth. Performer: Empire Brass.
    • TELARC.
  • Alessandro Marcello

    Oboe Concerto in D minor

    Performer: Paolo Grazzi. Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • TELDEC.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ALFRED BRENDEL

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in D major, RV 204 (La stravaganza)

    Performer: Federico Guglielmo. Performer: Esther Crazzolara. Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco. Director: Federico Guglielmo.
    • BRILLIANT.
  • Florence Price

    The Old Boatman

    Performer: Althea Waites.
    • Black Diamonds.
    • Cambria.
    • 008.
  • Florence Price

    Cotton Dance

    Performer: Althea Waites.
    • Cambria.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Africa Fantasie, Op 89

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Faure
Pavane
London Chamber Orchestra
Christopher Warren-Green (conductor)
SIGNUM

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