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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Jeanette Winterson

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Purcell Ground Bass; Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1; Artist of the Week: Ensemble Wien-Berlin in Spohr's Nonet.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Purcell ground bass'. Throughout the week Sarah shares some favourite examples of Purcell ground bass, highlighting their hypnotic nature, innate expressivity and imaginative harmonies in works including Dido and Aeneas, Ode for St Cecilia's Day and Come Ye Sons of Art.

Take part in today's musical challenge: two pieces of music are played together. Can you work out what they are?

Sarah's guest this week is the writer Jeanette Winterson, whose semi-autobiographical 'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit' won the Whitbread Award for a first novel in 1985. Since then her writing has been praised for its startling originality in books about humanoid robots, witches, time travel, quantum physics, and above all the search for love. Her latest book is the first in a series of 'covers' of Shakespeare plays - a modern take on The Winter's Tale. Jeanette will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Handel, Gluck, Adams and Barber, every day at 10am.

Sarah places Music in Time. The focus is on a Modern work, the first Chamber Symphony by Schoenberg, whose sparse forces and new approach to harmony shocked its first audience in Vienna.

Sarah's Artists of the Week are the Ensemble Wien-Berlin. This esteemed wind quintet was formed in 1983 when five musicians, mostly principal players with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, decided to join forces. The group has since built up an international reputation, performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the world and collaborating with string players and pianists to widen their repertoire. Throughout the week Sarah showcases some favourites from their catalogue of recordings, with works by composers including Mozart, Spohr and Debussy.

Nonet Op.31
Ensemble Wien-Berlin.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    March (English Folk Song Suite)

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Purcell Ground Basses

    • Henry Purcell

      Three parts upon a Ground

      Performer: Risa Browder. Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op.14

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Wagner

    Rienzi (Overture)

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • DG.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Les chemins de l'amour

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Suite No.2 for small orchestra

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • SONY.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in C minor, Op.6 No.3

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Apres un reve, Op.7 No.1

    Performer: Pau Casals. Performer: Nicolai Mednikoff. Music Arranger: Pablo Casas.
    • NAXOS.
  • Jeanette Winterson's Choice No. 1

    • Peter Maxwell Davies

      Farewell to Stromness

      Performer: Peter Maxwell Davies.
      • NAXOS.
  • Jeanette Winterson's Choice No. 2

    • SW Bragg

      King James Version

      Performer: Eliza Carthy. Performer: Jon Boden. Performer: Ben Ivitsky. Performer: John Spiers. Singer: Eliza Carthy. Singer: Heather Macleod.
      • TOPIC.
  • Jeanette Winterson's Choice No. 3

    • Christoph Willibald Gluck

      'Che faro senza Euridice' (Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3)

      Singer: Kathleen Ferrier. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera. Conductor: Charles Bruck.
      • EMI.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Nunc gaudeant materna

    Ensemble: Ensemble for medieval music. Director: Barbara Thornton.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Chamber Symphony No.1, Op.9

    Orchestra: Smithsonian Chamber Players. Conductor: Kenneth Slowik.
    • DORIAN.
  • Gustav Holst

    Hymn to the Dawn (Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op.26'3)

    Music Arranger: Julian Lloyd Webber. Performer: Julian Lloyd Webber. Performer: Jiaxin Lloyd Webber. Performer: Guy Johnston. Performer: Laura van der Heijden. Performer: Catrin Finch.
    • NAXOS.
  • Artist of the Week: Ensemble Wien-Berlin

    • Louis Spohr

      Nonet, Op.31

      Ensemble: Ensemble Wien-Berlin.
      • DG.
  • César Franck

    Les Eolides

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Willem van Otterloo.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Pau Casals

    O vos omnes

    Ensemble: Sospiri. Conductor: Christopher Watson.
    • NAXOS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No 1 in G minor, Op 23

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Argerich Plays Chopin.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.

Mystery Person

Answer: Pablo Casals


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