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Wednesday - Sarah Walker, plus Rob Cowan with Philippa Gregory

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Grieg Songs; Musical challenge; Proms Artist of the Week: flute player Emily Beynon, featured in Bax's Sonata for flute and harp.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Grieg songs.' Sarah dips into Grieg's collection of songs and showcases his best lyrical offerings. Throughout the week she explores their melodic beauty, rustic atmosphere and deep connection to nature.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

Throughout the week Rob talks to the historian and writer Philippa Gregory. Philippa is an international best-selling author who shot to fame with her award-winning novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was turned into a major Hollywood film. Her novels tell the stories of the figures behind the events that have shaped the course of history, with settings ranging from the Tudor court to 18th-century Bristol at the height of the slave trade. Her series of books on the Wars of the Roses was adapted into the popular BBC series The White Queen. Philippa will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music every day at 10am.

Sarah's featured Proms Artist of the Week is the Welsh flautist Emily Beynon. Beynon is one of the leading flautists of her generation and will perform Nielsen's Flute Concerto at the BBC Proms this week. Sarah explores Beynon's recordings throughout the week, showcasing works ranging from classics of the flute repertoire including Mozart's Flute Concerto No.1, K.313 and the Poulenc Sonata, to less well-known gems such as Bax's Sonata for flute and harp and Amy Beach's Theme and Variations.

Sonata for flute and harp
Emily Beynon (flute)
Catherine Beynon (harp).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Trad.

    Caru Cymru (A love for Wales)

    Performer: Rachel Ann Morgan. Singer: Rachel Ann Morgan.
  • Anton Fils

    Symphony in G minor

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • TELDEC.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Grieg songs

    • Edvard Grieg

      The Old Song, Op.4 No.5

      Performer: Love Derwinger. Singer: Monica Groop.
      • BIS.
  • Edward German

    Nell Gwyn (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • AVIE.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini’s opera ‘La Sonnambula’

    Ensemble: Russian National Symphony Orchestra Soloists. Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • REGIS.
  • Herbert Howells

    Nunc dimittis (Gloucester Service)

    Performer: Jeremy Cole. Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Philippa Gregory's Choice

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      The Lark Ascending

      Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
      • EMI.
  • Trad.

    David of the White Rock

    Performer: Rachel Ann Morgan. Singer: Rachel Ann Morgan.
  • Proms Artist of the Week: Emily Beynon

    • Arnold Bax

      Sonata for flute and harp

      Performer: Emily Beynon. Performer: Catherine Beynon.
      • METIER.
  • Francesco Geminiani

    Concerto Grosso No 11 in E major after Corelli

    Performer: David Plantier. Performer: Olivia Centurioni. Ensemble: Ensemble 415. Director: Chiara Banchini.
    • Italiane Baroque.
    • Zig-Zag Territories.
    • 18-22.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Gloucester

The music played:

Magnificat (Gloucester Service)
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Jeremy Cole (organ) 
Stephen Layton (conductor)


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