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Friday - Sarah Walker with Erica Jong

With Sarah Walker. Five Reasons to Love Hildegard von Bingen; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Jane Glover; Great Piano Sonatas: Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 7 in B flat.

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: spot the theme linking three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth.

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,7 in B flat Op.83
Martha Argerich (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexander Glazunov

    Raymonda Suite Op.57A - Act I, La Traditrice

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
  • Antonio Salieri

    La calamita de’cori - Sinfonia a due orchestra (Act II)

    Orchestra: Mannheim Mozart Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Fey.
  • Claude Debussy

    Rapsodie for alto saxophone and orchestra

    Performer: Alexandre Doisy. Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Spiritui sancto

    Ensemble: Anonymous 4.
  • Georg Muffat

    Chaconne in G

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 - Allegro scherzando

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter. Conductor: Stanisław Wisłocki. Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej.
  • Lili Boulanger


    Performer: Janine Jansen. Performer: Itamar Golan.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Exsultate Jubilate K.165

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Conductor: Jane Glover. Orchestra: London Mozart Players.
    • ASV.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat Op.83

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
  • Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla

    Missa Ego flos campi for double choir, Agnus dei

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

    Mass in B flat "Theresienmesse"

    Conductor: Jane Glover. Orchestra: Rebel Baroque Orchestra. Choir: Trinity Choir.

Find the Fourth

The music played:


Champagne Galop
Vienna Philharmonic
Georges Pretre (conductor)


The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor)


Youmans arr. Shostakovich
Tahiti Trot
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)


The answer: canter


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