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Tuesday - Sarah Walker, plus Rob Cowan with guest Eddie Izzard

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Nordic Song; Musical challenge; Music in Time: Perotin: Viderunt omnes; Nordic recordings: Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Sarah Walker. Plus Rob Cowan talks to the comedian Eddie Izzard.

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Nordic song'. As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season Sarah shares a selection of Nordic songs, showcasing their lyrical beauty, sense of melancholy and nostalgia, the way they celebrate nature, and the dramatic stories that they tell. Sarah hears from singers including Camilla Tilling, Anne Sofie von Otter and Anders Andersson as she explores these vocal works from the frozen North.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
Rob talks to Eddie Izzard. Comedian, actor and multiple marathon runner, Eddie is one of the foremost stand-ups of his generation and has entertained audiences the world over. Eddie's epic Force Majeure tour, which he has toured around 28 countries (and performed in four languages), will be coming to London next year. Eddie spills the secrets of his unique brand of humour, and shares a selection of his favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

10.30am
Sarah places Music in Time as she ventures back to the Medieval period with Perotin's Viderunt Omnes - an example of organum, one of the earliest types of polyphony.

11am
Sarah features recordings of major works by leading Nordic composers. Throughout the week Sarah travels through Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden as she shares a selection of music by Crusell, Sibelius, Grieg, Nielsen and Stenhammar.

Sibelius
Night-Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Horst Stein (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

    Prelude (Froso Flowers, Book 3)

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • BIS.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Islamey

    Orchestrator: Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • PHILIPS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...NORDIC SONG

    • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

      Holder du af mig (If you love me)

      Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
      • DG.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Two Serenades, Op.69

    Performer: Dong-Suk Kang. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Traditional Norwegian

    Wedding March from Gudbrandsdalen

    Performer: Birger Mistereggen. Choir: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Little Suite, Op.1

    Ensemble: Guildhall String Ensemble. Director: Robert Salter.
    • RCA.
  • Armas Järnefelt

    Praeludium

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • EDDIE IZZARD'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Scott Joplin

      The Entertainer

      Performer: Alexander Peskanov.
      • NAXOS.
  • EDDIE IZZARD'S CHOICE NO.2

    • George Frideric Handel

      La Rejouissance; Minuets I & II (Music for the Royal Fireworks)

      Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
      • ARCHIV.
  • EDDIE IZZARD'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Georges Delerue

      Grand Chorale (from the film La Nuit americaine)

      Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Hugh Wolff.
      • NONESUCH.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Capriccio, Op.18

    Performer: Nils‐Erik Sparf. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • DG.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MEDIEVAL

    • Pérotin

      Viderunt Omnes

      Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
      • ECM.
  • Robert Kajanus

    Aino

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Choir: Helsinki University Male Voice Choir.
    • BIS.
  • NORDIC MASTERPIECE

    • Jean Sibelius

      Nightride and Sunrise, Op.55

      Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Horst Stein.
      • DECCA.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

    Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
    • TELARC.
  • Hubert Parry

    Magnificat in D major ‘Great Service’

    Performer: Daniel Cook. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
    • Hyperion.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a rococo theme, Op 33

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Järnefelt (Armas)
Praeludium
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi (conductor)
DG


 

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