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Friday - Sarah Walker with Maxwell Hutchinson

With Sarah Walker. Includes Musical challenge; Music on Location: Janacek: Jenufa (selection); Proms Artist of the Week: Nicholas McGegan, conducting Haydn's Symphony No 57.

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: two pieces of music are played together - can you identify them?

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
Sarah introduces music from Janacek's opera Jenůfa - its staging in Prague in 1916 led the composer to international success.

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, Halle, 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.

Symphony No. 57 in D major
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Performer: Peter Pettinger.
    • Elgar: Violin sonata etc: Kennedy/Pettinger.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Felice Anerio

    Salve Regina

    Orchestra: The Sixteen. Conductor: Eamonn Dougan.
    • CORO.
  • Aaron Copland

    Billy the Kid - ballet suite

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • RCA.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Etude in A major

    Performer: Julian Bream.
    • SONY.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

    Performer: Karlheinz Zöller. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • DECCA.
  • Maxwell Hutchinson's First Choice

    • Edward Elgar

      Piano Quintet, Op.84: III. Andante - Allegro

      Performer: Ian Brown. Ensemble: Sorrel Quartet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Maxwell Hutchinson's Second Choice

    • Hildegard von Bingen

      Antiphon: Caritas habundat in omnia

      Ensemble: Anonymous 4.
  • Sarah Walker's Personal Shopper Choice for Maxwell Hutchinson

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      3 Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes for organ: I. Bryn Calfaria

      Performer: Christopher Nickol.
      • PRIORY.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Bees' Wedding, Op 67 No 4

    Music Arranger: Don Banks. Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: Robert Irving.
    • Vocalion.
  • Music on Location: Prague

    • Leos Janáček

      Jenufa: final scene

      Singer: Elisabeth Söderström. Singer: Eva Randová. Singer: Wiesław Ochman. Choir: Vienna Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
      • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Drei Klavierstücke, D 946 (No 1 in E flat minor)

    Performer: Rudolf Firkušný.
    • BBC.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Violin Sonata in G major, Op 5 No 6

    Performer: Elizabeth Wallfisch. Performer: Richard Tunnicliffe. Performer: Paul Nicholson. Ensemble: The Locatelli Trio.
    • Corelli: Violin Sonatas: The Locatelli Trio.
    • Hyperion.
    • 26.
  • Artist of the Week: Nicholas McGegan

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.57 in D major

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. Conductor: Nicholas McGegan.
  • Samuel Wesley

    Blessed be the God and Father

    Performer: Adrian Partington. Choir: Worcester Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Donald Hunt.
    • Cathedral Anthems By S S Wesley - 1.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • DECCA.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces we heard simultaneously were the first movement of Saint-Saens's Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor & Bach's 'Great' Fantasia & Fugue BWV542, also in G minor.


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