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Monday - Sarah Walker with Erica Jong

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Hildegard von Bingen; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Jane Glover; Great Piano Sonatas: Schubert: Piano Sonata No 20.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Hildegard von Bingen. A poet, scientist and philosopher, Hildegard of Bingen was one of the first known composers in the history of Western music. Having spent most of her life in a monastery, Hildegard produced a wealth of writings, illuminated manuscripts and devotional songs. As part of a season celebrating women in music, Sarah will be showcasing some of the best recordings of Hildegard's compositions, giving us five reasons to love her work nearly 900 years after it was first written.

Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery composer.

In the lead up to International Women's Day, Sarah's guest is the author and teacher Erica Jong whose first novel Fear of Flying has become a feminist classic. Erica will be discussing her musical roots and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music every day at 10am. To find out more about Radio 3's International Women's Day programming follow @BBCRadio3 and the hashtag #womensday

Sarah's featured artist this week is the conductor Jane Glover. The Music Director of Chicago's Music of the Baroque and Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, Glover blazed a trail as one of the first women to become a professional conductor. She has achieved an international reputation not just for her conducting but also for her academic achievements, and particularly for her work on Mozart. Sarah will be showcasing recordings chosen especially by Glover.

This week Sarah showcases great piano sonatas.

Piano Sonata No.20 in A D.959.

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Façade: Polka

    Conductor: Jane Glover. Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Narrator: Timothy West.
    • ASV.
  • Enrique Granados

    Danse espagnole No.5 ‘Andaluza’

    Performer: Sophia Lisovskaya. Performer: Sebastien See-Schierenberg.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Creatures of Prometheus Op.43: Nos. 14,15 & 16

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • WARNER.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Hildegard of Bingen

    • Hildegard von Bingen


      Ensemble: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
      • NAXOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Zaide: Ruhe Sanft, mein holdes leben

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Conductor: Jane Glover. Ensemble: London Mozart Players.
    • ASV.
  • Antonio Vivaldi


    Performer: Gabriela Montero.
    • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Nocturne Op.40

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DECCA.
  • Erica Jong's Choice No. 1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Requiem: Sanctus and Benedictus

      Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent.
  • Erica Jong's Choice No. 2

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in C sharp minor Op.27 No.1

      Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
      • DG.
  • Artist of the Week: Jane Glover

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Symphony No 35 in D major, K 385, 'Haffner'

      Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Jane Glover.
      • ASV.
  • Essential Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Sonata No.20 in A D.959

      Performer: Christoph Eschenbach.

Mystery Composer

Answer: Antonin Dvorak


  • Mon 2 Mar 2015 09:00

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