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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Zoe Wanamaker

With Sarah Walker. Including Music on Location: Granada. Debussy: La soiree dans Grenade (Estampes); Artist of the Week: Jorge Bolet, featured in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3.

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

Take part in today's musical challenge and identify the classical work that has influenced a piece of pop 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.

Music on Location: Granada
In a new feature on Essential Classics, Sarah explores music explores music connected with a specific location: today music Granada as depicted by Debussy in his Estampes. Debussy captures a cool Spanish breeze in the still opening of the second movement, La soirée dans Grenade (Evening in Granada), whose Andalusian spirit is evoked by the distinctive habanera rhythm.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of Bazzini's violin showpiece, Dance of the Goblins, featuring the young Yehudi Menuhin and Gil Shaham.

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.

Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor
Jorge Bolet (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Ivan Fischer (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Don Juan: Dance of the spectres and the furies

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Franz Liszt

    Liebestraum No.3 in A flat major

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
    • DECCA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in G sharp minor, Op.32 No.12

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
    • DECCA.
  • Thomas Arne

    The Morning

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K 546

    Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Quartet.
    • Aparte.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    The Ruler of the Spirits, Op 27

    Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • Weber: Overtures.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • Decca.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto: "Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome" ("Gualtier Maldè... dear name")

    Singer: Ileana Cotrubaș. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • DG.
  • Zoe Wanamaker's First Choice

    • John Tavener

      Song for Athene

      Performer: Ian le Grice. Choir: The Choir of Temple Church. Choir: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
      • DECCA.
  • Zoe Wanamaker's Second Choice

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring: Part 1, The Adoration of the Earth

      Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
      • BMG.
  • Music on Location

    • Claude Debussy

      Estampes: La soiree dans Grenade

      Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
      • BIS.
  • Double Take

    • Antonio Bazzini

      Dance of the Goblins

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Marcel Gazelle.
      • EMI.
    • Antonio Bazzini

      Dance of the Goblins

      Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: Jonathan Feldman.
      • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Introduction, Theme and Variations for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Orchestra: Philharmonia Zürich. Conductor: Franz Welser‐Möst.
    • A Night at the Opera: Sabine Meyer.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Artist of the Week: Jorge Bolet

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor

      Performer: Jorge Bolet. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
      • DECCA.
  • William Walton

    The Twelve

    Performer: Robert Quinney. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
    • The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey: Quinney/O'Donnell.
    • Hyperion.
    • 17.

Musical Challenge: Classical Roots

The song we heard was 'Here' by Tony Martin, which was written about half as long ago as the distance between it and the aria it was based on, 'Caro Nome' from Verdi's Rigoletto.


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