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Monday - Sarah Walker with Zoe Wanamaker

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: King's College, Cambridge; Artist of the Week: pianist Jorge Bolet, featured in Liszt's Annees de pelerinage.

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: can you name the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

Sarah's guest this week is the award-winning actress Zoë Wanamaker. Zoë is best known for her roles in the BBC series My Family, which ran for eleven series, and as Madam Hooch in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Zoë was immersed in the world of acting from a young age: her mother was an actress and radio star and her father was Sam Wanamaker, who drove the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe on London's South Bank. Zoë was the first person to perform on the stage when it was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the '70s and '80s. As well as discussing her life's work, Zoë shares her passion for classical music, choosing a selection of her favourite works by composers including Verdi, Malcolm Arnold and Clara Schumann.

Music on Location: King's College, Cambridge
In a new feature, Sarah explores music connected with a specific location, beginning with the impressive chapel of King's College, Cambridge, for which Herbert Howells wrote his 'Collegium Regale' Service.

Sarah's Artist of the Week is the Cuban-born American pianist, Jorge Bolet. Born in Havana in 1914, he was praised in particular for his interpretations of Liszt, and his recorded legacy mainly focuses on the Romantic tradition. His career was unusual in that he did not achieve international recognition until he was in his sixties. Bolet championed pieces that were out of fashion at the time, such as the piano music of Franck and Godowsky's fiendishly difficult arrangements of Chopin's Etudes, both of which feature this week on Essential Classics, as well as his recordings of Debussy's Preludes, works by Liszt and Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, where Bolet is joined by the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ivan Fischer.

Années de pèlerinage - Première année: Suisse (excerpts)
Jorge Bolet (piano)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzona No 4 à 6; O Jesu mi dulcissime

    Performer: Stephen Layton. Performer: Richard Farnes. Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • Gabrieli: The Glory of Venice - The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, The Phil.
    • Decca.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on Greensleeves

    Conductor: John Barbirolli. Orchestra: Sinfonia of London.
    • EMI.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Prelude and Fugue in E minor

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
    • DECCA.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto for 3 Horns and Violin in D Major, TWV 54:D2

    Performer: Erwin Wieringa. Performer: Miroslav Rovensky. Performer: Gijs Laceulle. Performer: Georg Kallweit. Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 23-25.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op 108

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Teldec.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Vidi speciosam

    Choir: Nordic Voices.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    Intermezzo (Cavalleria rusticana)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • EMI.
  • Zoe Wanamaker's First Choice

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      La Traviata, Act 1: 'Sempre libera'

      Singer: Maria Callas. Singer: Cesare Valletti. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Nicola Rescigno.
      • IDIS.
  • Zoe Wanamaker's Second Choice

    • Malcolm Arnold

      A Grand, Grand Overture, Op.57

      Orchestra: Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Sonata in F major, Op 2 No 7

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • Music on Location: King's College Cambridge

    • Herbert Howells

      Te Deum 'Collegium Regale'

      Performer: Stephen Cleobury. Performer: Peter Barley. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Director: Stephen Cleobury. Singer: Gregory Moore. Singer: Simon Williams.
      • Herbet Howell, A Celebration of: King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury.
      • ARGO.
      • 1.
  • Thomas Adès

    Dances from Powder Her Face

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Ades: Tevot, Violin Concerto, Three Studies.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances arr. Szekely

    Performer: Ida Haendel. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Artist of the Week: Jorge Bolet

    • Franz Liszt

      Annees de pelerinage, Premiere annee: Suisse (excerpts)

      Performer: Jorge Bolet.
      • DECCA.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cavatina, Op 75a No 1

    Ensemble: Zemlinsky Quartet.
    • Praga.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No.202: Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten ("Be gone now, gloomy shadows")

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Director: Petra Müllejans.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    La Grande-Duchess de Gérolstein (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The piece of music we played was the Intermezzo fro Pietro Mascagni's Social Realist opera, Cavalleria Rusticana. This music was used in the Martin Scorcese/Robert de Niro film, Raging Bull.


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