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Friday - Sarah Walker with Clare Balding

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Beecham Lollipops; Music in Time: Mahler's Symphony No 10; Artists of the Week: Academy of Ancient Music, featured in Handel's Messiah (excerpt).

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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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: Romantic
Sarah places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Romantic era and the monumental Adagio that opens Mahler's 10th Symphony - a work left incomplete on his death in 1911.

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.

Messiah; Part 3, conclusion
Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Matthew Rose (bass)
Choir of King's College Cambridge
Academy of Ancient Music
Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Water Music: Suite No.2 in D major, HWV349: I. Allegro

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No 42 in G major, H XVI 27

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Haydn: Piano Sonatas vol.3: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 7-9.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Os Justi

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Samson et Dalila: Bacchanale

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Vincent d’Indy


    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pierre Boulez

    Mémoriale (...explosante-fixe...originel)

    Performer: Sophie Cherrier. Ensemble: Soloists of Ensemble Intercomtemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Souvenirs de Bayreuth for piano duet (Fantaisie en forme de quadrille)

    Composer: André Messager. Performer: Éric Le Sage. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • ALPHA.
  • Henry John Gauntlett

    Once in Royal David's City

    Performer: David Briggs. Singer: Robin Barter. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • ARGO.
  • Peteris Vasks

    The Fruit of Silence

    Choir: VOCES8. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • DECCA.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Sonata no.4 for two violins and cello, in G minor

    Performer: Bernadette Charbonnier. Performer: Catherine Giardelli. Performer: Claire Giardelli. Performer: Georges Guillard.
    • Jacquet de la Guerre: Cantates bibliques - Pieces instrumentales et vocales.
    • Arion.
    • 2.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.10: I. Adagio

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Arnold Schoenberg


    Singer: Christine Schäfer. Ensemble: Soloists of Ensemble Intercomtemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah, Part 3: excerpt

    Singer: Judith Nelson. Singer: David Thomas. Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah, Part 3: excerpt

    Singer: Ailish Tynan. Singer: Alice Coote. Singer: Allan Clayton. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • EMI.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Fugue 'alla gigue' in C major, BuxWV 174

    Performer: Christopher Herrick.
    • Buxtehude - The Complete Organ Works 1.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Grosse Fuge in B flat Op.133

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • Zig Zag Territories.

By Association

Answer: Gabriel Faure and Andre Messager

The music played:

Souvenirs de Bayreuth 
Eric Le Sage, Alexandre Tharaud (piano-4-hands)


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