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Essential Classics

Sarah Walker with guest Beeban Kidron

Sarah Walker with guest Beeban Kidron

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9.00 Sarah Walker sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain. 9.30 Musical challenge to identify a TV show or film that featured a certain piece of music. 10.00 Film director Beeban Kidron shares some her favourite classical music. 10.30 Music in Time: Romantic. Sarah explores the rise in popularity and quality of the German Lied. It was Schubert who really put this type of art song on the musical map, paving the way for successors such as Schumann, Brahms and Wolf. Followed by Double Take. Sarah compares two recordings of one of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. 11.00 The artist of the week is Scottish pianist Steven Osborne. A fervent champion of 20th-century music, Osborne so impressed Messiaen's widow with a performance of Trois Petites Liturgies that she invited him to Paris to study Messiaen's larger piano works, and his recording of the epic piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jsus is among the finest accounts on disc. He has also recorded the complete piano works of Tippett, including the colourful and somewhat neglected Piano Concerto. As a chamber musician, Osborne had worked with some of the world's leading musicians, and this week Sarah features him in Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 2 (with Alina Ibragimova) and Schubert's Variations on an Original Theme, D813 (with Paul Lewis), as well as Beethoven's Hammerklavier Piano Sonata. Prokofiev Violin Sonata No 2 in D. Alina Ibragimova (violin), Steven Osborne (piano).


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