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Tuesday - Sarah Walker, plus Rob Cowan with Alistair McGowan

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Vivaldi Concertos; Music in Time: Alonso Lobo; Artist of the Week: mezzo Sarah Connolly, in Brahms's Die Mainacht and Hahn's A Chloris.

9am
My favourite... Vivaldi Concertos. Sarah shares her favourite Baroque masterpieces from Vivaldi's impressive range of concertos. With over 600 to choose from, Sarah discovers rarely-heard masterpieces which catch the ear with their unusual instrumental soloists such as the soft velvety tones of the viola d'amore. There are also works with eccentric titles: Proteus or the World Turned Upside Down, and styles range from the dramatic - his late concertos written in Vienna - to the joyful trilling of the Goldfinch. Sarah's line up of leading performers includes Europa Galante with Fabio Biondi, recorder player Maurice Steger with I Barocchisti, and fiery ensemble Zefiro.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
Rob Cowan talks to the actor, comedian, impressionist and writer Alistair McGowan. Alistair appears at the BBC Proms next Monday in a cabaret chamber music concert devoted to the world of the French composer Erik Satie, one of Alistair's musical passions. Alistair's career has continued to diversify since his last appearance on Essential Classics in 2012, showing his culinary skills on the Great Sport Relief Bake Off, playing the title role in the critically-acclaimed 'An Audience With Jimmy Savile', as well as a successful stand-up tour with Jasper Carrott.

10:30am
Music in Time: Renaissance
Sarah dives into the Renaissance period and the close links between royalty and composers with Alonso Lobo's Versa est in luctum, written for the memorial service in honour of King Philip II of Spain.

11am
Sarah's Proms Artist of the Week is Sarah Connolly, who performs at the Proms, this Friday night in Mahler's Symphony No.3. A former member of the BBC Singers, Sarah is one of the UK's most popular mezzo-sopranos, receiving critical acclaim for her performance on stage and on disc. Her breakthrough in Handel's opera Xerxes led to roles at Glyndebourne, ENO and the New York Metropolitan Opera. More recently she has made her name in Romantic and 20th-century masterpieces such as Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and Mark-Anthony Turnage's The Silver Tassie. This week offers the chance to explore the range of Sarah's repertoire as the tragic queen Dido in Purcell's semi-opera, the intimate depiction of a woman's life in Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben, virtuoso arias by Handel from Alcina and Hercules, Elgar's Sea Pictures, and Romantic songs from Hahn and Brahms.

Brahms
Die Mainacht, Op.43 No.4

Hahn
A Chloris
Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Eugene Asti (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Erik Satie

    Le Piccadilly

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Satie: Avant-Dernieres Pensees: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 12.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 in G major

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Notturno in E flat major, D897

    Ensemble: Sukovo trio.
    • WARNER APEX.
  • MY FAVOURITE...VIVALDI CONCERTOS

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto in D major, RV90 ‘Il Gardellino’

      Performer: Maurice Steger. Performer: Xenia Löffler. Performer: Duilio Galfetti. Performer: Michele Fattori. Orchestra: I Barocchisti. Director: Diego Fasolis.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.31: ‘We praise thee, we bless thee’

    Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM CLASSICS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.10 No.1

    Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Sleeping Beauty: Waltz (Act 1, No.6)

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • ALISTAIR MCGOWAN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Howard Goodall

      Eternal Light: Lacrymosa

      Singer: Christopher Maltman. Choir: Choir of Christ Church Cathedral. Choir: Oxford. Orchestra: London Musici. Conductor: Stephen Darlington.
      • Goodall Eternal Light: A Requiem.
      • EMI.
      • 5.
  • ALISTAIR MCGOWAN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Paweł Mykietyn

      Four Preludes

      Performer: Anna Stempin-Jasnowska.
      • CD ACCORD.
  • Thomas Arne

    Overture No 3 in G major

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Eight Overtures.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 7.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE

    • Alonso Lobo

      Versa est in luctum

      Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
    • William Byrd

      O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

      Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
      • GIMELL.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major, K.207

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • PENTATONE.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SARAH CONNOLLY

    • Johannes Brahms

      May Night, Op 43 No 2

      Performer: Eugene Asti. Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly.
      • SIGNUM.
    • Reynaldo Hahn

      A Chloris

      Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Performer: Eugene Asti.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Fanny Hensel

    String Quartet in E flat major

    Ensemble: Ebene Quartet.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No 5 in G major for keyboard, BWV 829

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • ECM.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes.
    • EMI.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Tchaikovsky 
Sleeping Beauty: Waltz (Act 1 No.6) 
Suisse Romande Orchestra 
Ernest Ansermet (conductor) 
BRILLIANT CLASSICS

Broadcast

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