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Friday - Sarah Walker with Zoe Wanamaker

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne; Artist of the Week: Jorge Bolet, featured performing music by Godowsky.

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: can you identify the two pieces, played simultaneously?

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: The Auvergne, France
Sarah explores music connected with the Auvergne region in France composed by Joseph Canteloube. Situated in central France, the mountainous region of Auvergne boasts vast forests and dormant volcanoes, such as Puy de Dôme. It is also rich in folk songs, many of which Joseph Canteloube collected and arranged for voice and orchestra to create his Songs of the Auvergne.

Artist of the Week: Jorge Bolet
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.

7 Etudes (based on Chopin's Op. 10)
Jorge Bolet (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonio Valente

    Gallarda Napolitana

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Strauss: Zarathustra; Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel.
    • Orfeo.
    • 10.
  • Oswald von Wolkenstein

    Nu rue mit sorgen

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Singer: Kathleen Dineen. Performer: Crawford Young.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 6

    Performer: Richard Egarr. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Richard Egarr.
  • Claude Debussy

    La plus que lente (arr. orchestra)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Tanzlied des Pierrot (Die tote Stadt)

    Performer: Joseph Lin. Performer: Benjamin Loeb.
    • NAXOS.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita No 1 in B flat, BWV 825

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • CBS.

    • Gerald Finzi

      5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano, Op.23: No.2 Romance

      Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
      • The Lyrical Clarinet: Michael Collins.
      • Chandos.
      • 3.

    • Joseph Canteloube

      Songs of the Auvergne: Set 1

      Singer: Véronique Gens.
      • NAXOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Nocturne in B minor, Op 40

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Chandos.
  • Kathryn Tickell

    Here dwells my heart

    Choir: Holst Singers.

    • Leopold Godowsky

      7 Etudes (based on Chopin's Etudes Op.10 & Op.25)

      Composer: Frédéric Chopin. Performer: Jorge Bolet.
      • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 6 in C major, D 589

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Schubert: 8 Symphonies: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces of music being played simultaneously were Korngold's Violin Concerto and Bailero from Songs of the Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube.


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