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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Maxwell Hutchinson

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Prague. With Myslivecek; Proms Artist of the Week: Nicholas McGegan, conducting Mozart's Piano Concerto No 19.

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

Sarah's guest this week is the architect and broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson. Maxwell was a practising architect for many years and in 1989 became the youngest-ever President of RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects. He's become one of the foremost broadcasters on architecture, presenting series on BBC Two, Channel Four and BBC Radio London. At one point Maxwell considered becoming a musician and has written three musicals and a Requiem Mass. In the last few years Maxwell has been ordained and is currently a curate at a church in Essex. As well discussing his work, his music and his life, throughout the week Maxwell will be sharing some of his favourite classical music.

Music on Location: Prague
Sarah introduces music by one of Prague's sons, the composer Josef Mysliveček, who was a friend of Mozart's.

Double Take 
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two interpretations of Grieg's song: A Swan - both orchestral performances, one featuring Solveig Kringelborn and the other Barbara Bonney.

Sarah's Proms Artist of the Week is the conductor Nicholas McGegan. McGegan has been hailed as "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation" (The Independent) and has been director of the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale for over 30 years. McGegan has also devoted much of his time to opera; he was Artistic Director of the Göttingen Handel Festival for 20 years and Principal Guest Conductor at Scottish Opera in the 1990s. As a guest conductor he's worked with orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Hallé, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During the week Sarah will be featuring McGegan's recordings of Haydn's Symphony No.57, Mozart's Piano Concerto in F major K459 with Melvyn Tan, and excerpts from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Alessandro Scarlatti's Il Vespero di Santa Cecilia. McGegan is also a flautist and Sarah's chosen his recording of CPE Bach's Flute Quartet in D, Wq.94, with Catherine Mackintosh, Anthony Pleeth and Christopher Hogwood.

Piano Concerto in F major, K.459
Melvyn Tan (fortepiano)
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Nielsen

    Maskarade (Overture)

    Orchestra: Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi.
    • Naïve.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem, K.626: Recordare; Confutatis; Lacrimosa

    Singer: Barbara Bonney. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Singer: Hans Peter Blochwitz. Singer: Willard White. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Charles-Valentin Alkan

    25 Preludes, Op.31: No.13 'J'étais endormie, mais mon Coeur veillait

    Performer: Laurent Martin.
    • NAXOS.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Sonate Corellisante No 3 in B minor, TWV 42 H3

    Ensemble: Jean‐Féry Rebel. Director: Jorg-Michel Schwarz.
    • DORIAN.
  • Johannes Brahms

    9 Lieder und Gesange, Op.32: 8. So stehn wir, ich und meine Weide

    Performer: Christoph Eschenbach. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Norfolk Rhapsody No 1 in E minor

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Four Mazurkas, Op.33: No.2 in D major

    Performer: Jean-Marc Luisada.
    • DG.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Meditation, Op.32

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
    • EMI.
  • Maxwell Hutchinson's First Choice

    • Johannes Brahms

      Alto Rhapsody, Op.53

      Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Singer: Ann Hallenberg. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
      • PHI.
  • Maxwell Hutchinson's Second Choice

    • Ottorino Respighi

      The Pines of the Appian Way (The Pines of Rome)

      Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
      • DG.
  • William Byrd

    Haec dies (Cantiones Sacrae Vol 2)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • Ceremony and Devotion.
    • Coro.
    • 9.
  • Music on Location: Prague

    • Josef Myslivecek

      Wind Octet No 1 in E flat major

      Ensemble: L'Orfeo Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Carin van Heerden.
      • Myslivecek: Complete Wind Octets & Quintets: L'Orfeo Blaeserensemble/van Heerden.
      • CPO.
  • Double Take

    • Edvard Grieg

      Six Songs, Op.25: 2. A Swan

      Singer: Barbara Bonney. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • DG.
    • Edvard Grieg

      A Swan, Op.25 no.2

      Singer: Solveig Kringelborn. Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Josef Strauss

    Deliren Waltz

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture etc.: Wiener Philharmoniker/Karajan.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Artist of the Week: Nicholas McGegan

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto in F major, K.459

      Performer: Melvyn Tan. Orchestra: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. Conductor: Nicholas McGegan.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Three Shanties for wind quintet, Op 4

    Performer: Emma Johnson. Performer: Jaime Martín. Performer: Jonathan Kelly. Performer: Claire Briggs. Performer: Susanna Cohen.
    • Arnold: Complete Works for Clarinet: Emma Johnson.
    • ASV.
    • 4.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Chopiniana Suite, Op.46

    Music Arranger: Alexander Glazunov. Orchestra: USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Chopiniana.
    • 5.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The piece played was Glazunov's 'Chopiniana' suite - the two associated composers were therefore Glazunov and Chopin.


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