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Tuesday - 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: Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3.

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 our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

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.3 in B minor Op.58
Mitsuko Uchida.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude 8 in F# minor, op. 28/8

    Performer: Ingrid Fliter.
  • Henry Purcell

    Timon of Athens Z.632 - Overture

    Conductor: Peter Holman. Orchestra: Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra.
  • Josef Fiala

    Concerto in C major for cor anglais

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam. Director: Albrecht Mayer.
    • DG.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Hildegard of Bingen

    • Hildegard von Bingen

      O Vos Angeli

      Ensemble: Sequentia. Director: Bagby.
  • Schubert / Liszt

    Auf dem Wasser zu singen

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Overture to ‘La battaglia di Legnano’

    Conductor: Edward Downes. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah, Pt.1, no.1; Comfort ye, my people [tenor accompagnato]

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock. Choir: The English Concert Choir.
    • Handel: Messiah: The English Concert/Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • J S Bach, The Organ Works - Simon Preston.
    • 3.
  • Erica Jong's Choice No. 1

    • Leonard Bernstein

      Candide – Oh, Happy We

      Singer: June Anderson. Singer: Jerry Hadley. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
  • Erica Jong's Choice No. 2

    • Gershwin

      An American in Paris

      Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
  • Artist of the Week: Jane Glover

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.103 in E flat 'Drum Roll'

      Conductor: Jane Glover. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Muriel Herbert

    Have you seen but a white lily grow?

    Singer: James Gilchrist. Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Essential Choice

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58

      Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op 108

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Hernando Franco

    Salve Regina for 5 voices

    Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • New World Symphonies - Baroque Music from L:atin America: Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey S.
    • Hyperion.

Imperfect Harmony

The pieces played:

Partitia No. 3 in E major for solo violin
Viktoria Mullova (violin)
ONYX 4040  

Messiah: ‘Comfort Ye’
Howard Crook (tenor)
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)
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