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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Clare Balding

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Beecham Lollipops; Music in Time: Bach: The Wretched Shall Eat; Artists of the Week: Academy of Ancient Music, featured playing Schubert.

My favourite... 'Beecham lollipops'. This week Sarah shares a selection of orchestral encores favoured by the acclaimed British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Beecham was a larger-than-life character whose musical gifts were matched by his acerbic wit and legendary anecdotes. Sarah chooses favourite lollipops including pieces by Chabrier, Delius, Sibelius, Grieg and Saint-Saëns.

Take part in our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

Sarah's guest this week is the broadcaster and writer Clare Balding. Clare is best known for her expert coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She was the lead presenter in Rio this summer, and won the BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Clare began broadcasting on radio in 1994 and became the main presenter of horse racing on BBC TV four years later. Since then her remit has broadened to cover almost every sport, from cricket and tennis to rugby and football. She is also the host of walking series Ramblings on Radio 4, and presents Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2, as well as having her own sports chat show, The Clare Balding Show. A bestselling author, Clare's autobiography My Animals and Other Family received critical and popular acclaim, and she has recently published her first children's book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop. Clare shares some of her favourite classical music with Sarah throughout the week, including Caliban's Dream featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie, which was written for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, Mozart's A Musical Joke, which Clare remembers as the soundtrack to the BBC showjumping coverage, and her favourite carol, In The Bleak Midwinter.

Music in Time: Baroque
Sarah places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Baroque era and Bach's landmark cantata 'Die Ellenden sollen essen' - The Wretched Shall Eat - which opened his first annual cantata cycle as the newly-appointed cantor of St Thomas's Church in Leipzig in 1723.

Sarah's artists of the week are the trailblazing Academy of Ancient Music, founded in 1973 by Christopher Hogwood, whose rare combination of scholarship, musicianship and instrumental virtuosity shaped the orchestra's character from the start. Sarah's choices include the Academy's first recording, a disc of overtures by English composer Thomas Arne; both of their versions of Handel's Messiah, from 1980 and 2009; Mozart and Haydn's final symphonies; Schubert's 'Trout' Quintet, courtesy of The Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble and fortepianist Steven Lubin; and John Tavener's Eternity's Sunrise, written for the Academy with soprano Patricia Rozario in 1997.

Piano Quintet in A, D667 'The Trout'
Steven Lubin (fortepiano)
The Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata 167, Ihr Menschen, ruhmet Gottes Liebe: closing chorale

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Zur Namensfeier overture, Op.115

    Orchestra: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • SONY.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Keyboard Suite No.1 in A major, HWV426

    Performer: Richard Egarr.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Kuolema, Op.44: No.1 Valse Triste

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Eduard Strauss

    Fesche Geister, Op.75

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
    • DECCA.
  • John Taverner

    Magnificat for 6 voices

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL.
  • arr Luciano Berio Trad Italian

    'Ballo', from Folk Songs

    Performer: Cathy Berberian, soprano. Ensemble: Julliard Ensemble.
  • John Barry

    Out of Africa: Main Title

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: John McNeely.
  • Samuel Barber

    Adagio for strings

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D major, K 491

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Handel/Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 16.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata 75, Die Elenden sollen essen

    Singer: Gillian Keith. Singer: Wilke te Brummelstroete. Singer: Paul Agnew. Singer: Dietrich Henschel. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

    Performer: Steven Lubin. Performer: Simon Standage. Performer: Trevor Jones. Performer: David Watkin. Performer: Amanda MacNamara. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble.
    • Schubert: Trout Quintet, 7 Lieder; Lubin, Ainsley, AAMCE.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
    • 1.
  • Johann Stamitz

    Sinfonia in D major

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Forelle, D.550

    Performer: Irwin Gage. Singer: Gundula Janowitz.
    • DG.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:
I wonder as I wander
Kevin Howard (piano)

The Lamb
Vasari Singers
Jeremy Backhouse (conductor)


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