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Friday - Sarah Walker with Anne Reid

Discover definitive recordings of classical music with trusted guide Sarah Walker. Her guest is actress Anne Reid. Plus Proms Artist of the Week: Mark Elder.

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: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical object.

Sarah's guest this week is the actress Anne Reid. Anne has worked extensively in television, film and theatre, and is best-known for her roles in the hit TV series Last Tango in Halifax, and Dinnerladies. Anne trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts before making early TV appearances on The Benny Hill Show and Hancock's Half Hour. In 1961 Anne joined the cast of Coronation Street, a show that she would be part of 10 years. Her acclaimed performance in Roger Michell's film The Mother with Daniel Craig led her to being awarded the London Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actress and Best Actress at the Cinessonne European Film Festival. As well as discussing her life and work as an actress, throughout the week Anne shares her passion for classical music, choosing a selection of her favourite works.

10.30 Music on Location: Leipzig
This week Sarah explores music connected with Leipzig, focusing today on Felix Mendelssohn's time in the city, where he was Music Director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and founded the Leipzig Conservatory.

Proms Artist of the Week: Mark Elder
Sarah's Proms Artist of the Week is Sir Mark Elder. Elder is one of the UK's most successful and respected conductors, and has been at the helm of the Hallé since 2000. Previously, Elder was Music Director of English National Opera (1979-1993) and has been Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Mozart Players. He's also worked with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in prestigious opera houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera New York. This Wednesday (23rd August) Elder brings the Hallé to the BBC Proms to perform Dvořák's Symphony No 9, 'From the New World'. Throughout the week Sarah will be featuring Elder's recordings with the Hallé of works by Debussy (orch. Colin Matthews), Richard Strauss, Wagner, Finzi and Delius.

Summer Night on the River
Mark Elder (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played


    • Edward Elgar

      Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 in G major

      Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
      • HALLE.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music: Steven Osborne, Piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflöte, Act 1: "Bei Mannern, welche liebe fühlen"

    Singer: Marlis Petersen. Singer: Daniel Schmutzhard. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    7 variations in E flat major on "Bei Mannern, welche liebe fühlen"

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Robert Levin.
  • Trad.

    Jag vet en dejlig rosa

    Performer: Martin Fröst. Choir: The Adolf Fredrik's Girls Choir. Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • SONY.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Le bourgeois gentilhomme (Excerpt)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    St Paul: Overture

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
  • Gordon Langford


    Performer: Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Peter Parkes.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Anne Reid's choice

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5

      Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
      • DECCA.
  • Sarah's choice for ANne Reid

    • Alan Jay Lerner

      My Fair Lady: On the Street Where You Live

      Composer: Frederick Loewe. Performer: Shelly Manne. Performer: André Previn. Performer: Leroy Vinnegar.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Rose Adagio (The Sleeping Beauty)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake; Sleeping Beauty; The Nutcracker - Highlights.
    • EMI.
    • 7.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone

    Performer: Alan Civil. Performer: John Wilbraham. Performer: John Iveson.
    • EMI.
  • Music on Location: Leipzig

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      St Paul: The Conversion of St Paul

      Singer: Annette Markert. Singer: James Taylor. Singer: Matthias Goerne. Choir: La Chapelle Royale. Orchestra: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.

    • Frederick Delius

      Summer Night on the River

      Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
      • HALLE.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Valse-caprice No 1 in A major, Op 30

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Faure Piano Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Object

The mystery object was the cornet, a brass instrument


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