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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with David Hepworth

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Artist of the Week: trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger, featured playing Takemitsu's Paths.

Sarah sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a mystery musical object.

Sarah's guest this week is the music journalist and broadcaster David Hepworth. David has launched and written for many of the most successful pop-culture magazines of the past 30 years, including Smash Hits, More, Heat, Q and The Word. He was a presenter of BBC2's The Old Grey Whistle Test and co-presented the BBC's coverage of the global charity concert Live Aid. As well as discussing his life's work and reflecting on popular culture, David also shares his passion for classical music choosing a selection of his favourite works. Across the week we'll hear music by composers including Copland, Walton and Philip Glass.

Music in Time: Modern
Sarah's in the 20th century exploring the emergence of American identity in classical music. Aaron Copland developed a soundworld that evokes the vast expanses of the prairies and the folk traditions of the mountains, as heard in his orchestral suite Appalachian Spring.

Artist of the Week: Håkan Hardenberger
Sarah's Artist of the Week is the Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger. During three decades of performing and recording, he's established a reputation for both virtuosity and versatility. His interpretations of classic repertoire such as the concertos of Haydn and Hummel have become benchmarks for the next generation, and Sarah has selected these alongside Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major, widely perceived as one of the most challenging pieces in the trumpet repertoire. But, Hardenberger is also committed to championing contemporary works. Sarah's selections include Pärt's Concerto Piccolo on B-A-C-H and Takemitsu's Paths - both of which were dedicated to, and premiered by him - as well as H K Gruber's 3 MOB Pieces.

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Håkan Hardenberger

    • Arcangelo Corelli

      Sonata in D major for trumpet, 2 violins and continuo

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Ensemble: I Musici.
      • Decca.
  • Joseph Canteloube

    Chants d'auvergne: Bailero & Passo del Prat

    Singer: Anna Moffo. Orchestra: American Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
    • Sony.
  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Performer: Thomas Stacy. Performer: Philip Smith. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Mondnacht (Liederkreis, Op 39)

    Singer: Werner Güra. Performer: Jan Schultsz.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C major, Op.87 No.1

    Performer: Dmitry Shostakovich.
    • Warner.
  • Edward Bairstow

    Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

    Choir: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. Conductor: John Harper.
    • Alto.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Indes Galantes: ‘Banissons les tristes alarmes, Danse du grand Calumet and Forets Paisibles’

    Singer: Claron McFadden. Singer: Nicolas Rivenq. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • HMC901367/69.
    • 9-11.
  • John Cage

    Suite for Toy Piano

    Performer: Margaret Leng Tan.
    • ECM.
  • John Cage

    Suite for Toy Piano

    Orchestrator: Lou Harrison. Orchestra: American Composers Orchestra. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
    • ECM.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Marriage of Figaro: Overture

      Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • EMI.

    • George Gershwin

      An American in Paris: They Can't Take That Away From Me

      Singer: Brandon Uranowitz. Singer: Robert Fairchild. Singer: Max von Essen. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Todd Ellison.

    • Philip Glass

      The Hours: The Poet Acts

      Performer: Michael Riesman. Performer: Chris Laurence. Ensemble: Lyric Quartet. Conductor: Nick Ingman.
      • NONESUCH.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Character Piece No 8 in B major

    Performer: Béatrice Rauchs.
    • BIS.
  • Aaron Copland

    Appalachian Spring Suite for Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Chandos.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Altdeutsches Frühlingslied

    Singer: Lucy Crowe. Singer: William Berger. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • Delphian.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Håkan Hardenberger

    • Toru Takemitsu

      Paths (in memoriam Witold Lutoslawski)

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger.
      • Decca.
    • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

      Concerto in B flat Op. 7 for oboe, strings and continuo (arranged for trumpet)

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Ensemble: I Musici.
      • Decca.
    • George Enescu


      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
      • EMI.
  • anon.

    Western Wind

    Performer: Uri Smilansky.
    • Avie.
  • John Taverner

    Western Wind Mass

    Choir: Taverner Choir. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.
    • Avie.
  • anon.

    Westron wynde

    Performer: Emily Van Evera.
    • Avie.
  • Fulvio Caldini

    Loud (Sixteen Letters, Op 98b)

    Ensemble: Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet.
    • Channel Classics.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Object

The answer was, a toy piano.


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