David Mellor - Sunday 18 May 2014

In his latest tribute to a great conductor, David Mellor looks at the life and music of Sir Malcolm Sargent.

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This week David Mellor celebrates the great British conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent, with a two-hour tribute to his career at the podium. 

David examines how Sir Malcolm became a renowned choirmaster as well as a fine symphonic conductor with a range of historic recordings.

These include his 1952 take on 'Rule Britannia' with the Philharmonia , recordings from his time leading the Vienna Philharmonic in Sibelius 's Karelia suite, and the Royal Philharmonic for Beethoven 's Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica' – a personal favourite of the conductor.

Sir Malcolm Sargent on film

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