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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Guy Garvey

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite British String Music; Musical challenge; Music in Time: Paganini caprices; The Bach Choir in Bach's St Matthew Passion (excerpt).

My favourite... British string music. We'll hear a mixture of favourites including Elgar's Serenade for Strings and the Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams, along with lesser-known works by Charles Avison and Frederick Delius.

Take part in today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

Sarah's special guest, especially for the week of BBC Music Day, is the musician, composer and broadcaster Guy Garvey. He's the front man of rock band Elbow, who have released six studio albums, won the Mercury Music Prize, headlined at Glastonbury and performed a specially written song for the closing of the 2012 Olympics in London. Guy also released a solo album last year, which reached the top three of the album charts. He's won Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting and presents his own programme 'The Finest Hour' on BBC 6 Music. Every day at 10am Guy will be choosing a selection of his favourite classical music including pieces by Puccini, Françaix and Mendelssohn.

Music in Time: Romantic
Sarah features a piece from the BBC4 series Revolution & Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th century. She reveals the virtuosity of Paganini's dramatic writing for violin in a selection of his caprices, including the most well known, number 24. This was known for years as the most fiendishly difficult violin piece ever written, and dozens of composers were inspired to use it as the theme for sets of variations - from Liszt and Rachmaninov to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In the week of BBC Music Day, a UK-wide celebration of everything we love about music, Sarah features choral societies from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales including the Huddersfield Choral Society, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Belfast Philharmonic Society Chorus and the Treorchy Male Voice Choir.

J.S. Bach
St Matthew Passion (excerpt)
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Alfreda Hodgson (contralto)
Robert Tear (tenor)
Bach Choir
Thames Chamber Orchestra
David Willcocks.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Nicolò Paganini

    Caprice in A minor, Op 1 No 5

    Performer: James Ehnes.
    • ONYX.

    • Edward Elgar

      Serenade in E minor for strings, Op 20

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • ONYX.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia to 'Wir danken dir, Gott', BWV29

    Transcriber: Wilhelm Kempff. Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
    • DG.
  • Georg Joseph Vogler

    Symphony in G major

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Schlafendes Jesuskind (Morike Lieder)

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in G minor for recorder, violins and basso continuo

    Performer: Gudrun Heyens. Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • DG.
  • Leos Janáček

    Sinfonietta (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    The Battle and Defeat of Napoleon (Hary Janos Suite, Op 35a)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite - Dances of Galanta...: BFO, Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 11.

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La Rondine)

      Singer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Orchestra: Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu. Conductor: Will Humburg.
      • NAXOS.

    • Paul Winter

      Sanctus and Benedictus (Missa Gaia)

      Ensemble: Paul Winter Consort.
  • John Ireland

    A London Overture

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Ireland: Orchestral & Choral Works - LSO & Chorus/Hickox.
    • Chandos.

    • Nicolò Paganini

      Caprice in F major; Caprice in E flat major; Caprice in A minor (Nos. 22-24)

      Performer: James Ehnes.
      • ONYX.
  • Frederick Delius

    Marche caprice

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La parade

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • HMC.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion (end of part one)

      Singer: Felicity Lott. Singer: Alfreda Hodgson. Singer: Robert Tear. Choir: Bach Choir. Choir: Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. Orchestra: The Thames Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • ASV.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Quartet in C minor, Op.51 No.1

    Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • DG.
  • William Walton

    Coronation Te Deum

    Choir: Waynflete Singers. Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir. Performer: Timothy Byram-Wigfield. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Walton/Vaughan Williams: O Clap Your Hands - Choir Of Winchester Cathedral, Wayn.
    • Argo.
    • 11.

Classical Roots

Answer: Emerson, Lake and Palmer's 'Knife Edge' is based on the opening of Janacek's Sinfonietta

The music played:

Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Knife Edge


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