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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Maggie Aderin-Pocock

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Scherzos; Music in Time: a trio by Ethel Smth; Artist of the Week: violinist Nathan Milstein, featured in Bach's Partita, BWV1002.

My favourite... scherzos. The title 'scherzo' derives from the Italian for 'joke', and many composers have found it suited to a particularly light hearted style of writing. Through the week Sarah chooses a handful of her favourites ranging from the capricious to the virtuosic, with examples by composers including Antonin Dvorak, Frederic Chopin, Madeleine Dring and Antonio Bazzini.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you remember the television show that featured this piece of classical music?

Sarah's guest is the space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Maggie specialises in satellite technology and has worked on projects including the Gemini Observatory, the James Webb space telescope and the European satellite ADM-Aeolus. She is also a public speaker, broadcaster and presenter of programmes including The Sky at Night, and is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists. Maggie will be talking about her career, and her life-long obsession with space, and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

Sarah places Music in Time as she explores the Romantic period and a trio for piano and strings by Ethel Smyth, a suffragette who defied her family to become a successful composer.

Sarah's artist of the week is one of the great violinists of the 20th century, Nathan Milstein. Celebrated for his radiant tone, expressive ease and aristocratic poise, he was called "'the prince of the violin". These qualities are demonstrated throughout the week, in virtuoso concertos by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, and in masterpieces of the violin repertoire including Beethoven's 'Spring Sonata', Bach's B minor Partita for solo violin and showpieces by Delibes and Chopin.

Partita in B minor for solo violin, BWV1002
Nathan Milstein (violin).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    La Triomphante (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)

    Performer: Calefax Reed Quintet.
    • MDG.
  • My favourite... scherzos

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor, Op 31

      Performer: Martha Argerich.
      • DG.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark ascending for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Iona Brown. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Hi Fi Special - Various Artists.
    • ASV.
    • 10.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia No.6 in 4 parts

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Samuel Barber

    Summer Music, Op 31

    Ensemble: London Winds.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Spartacus)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov.
    • EMI.
  • Maggie Aderin-Pocock's Choice No. 1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV1049

      Performer: Jeannette Sorrell. Ensemble: Apollo’s Fire. Director: Jeannette Sorrell.
      • AVIE.
  • Maggie Aderin-Pocock's Choice No. 2

    • Gabriel Fauré

      In paradisum (Requiem, Op.48)

      Choir: Montreal Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
      • DECCA.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    O Oriens

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Hill, David.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Dame Ethel Smyth

      Piano Trio in D minor

      Ensemble: Chagall Trio.
      • MERIDIAN.
  • Artist of the week: Nathan Milstein

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita for solo violin No.1 in B minor, BWV1002

      Performer: Nathan Milstein.
      • DG.
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Valse-Scherzo, Op 34

      Performer: Nathan Milstein. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Irving.
      • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.

Heard on Screen

Answer: The Onedin Line

The music played:

Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia (Spartacus)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)


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