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

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Nordic Song; Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard; Music in Time: Paganini: 24 Caprices; Nordic recordings: Grieg: Piano Concerto.

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

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.

Take part in our daily music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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.

Sarah places Music in Time as she explores the Romantic rise of the celebrity performer, and music written as a way of showing off virtuosic technique, with Paganini's 24 Caprices.

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.

Piano Concerto in A minor
Sigurd Slåttebrekk (piano)
Oslo Philharmonic
Michail Jurowski (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Judith Weir

    El Rey de Francia

    Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble.
    • NMC.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.3 No.6

    Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen. Conductor: Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
    • CPO.

    • Ture Rangstrom

      Vinden och tradet (The Wind and the Tree)

      Singer: Miah Persson. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
      • HYPERION.
    • Wilhelm Stenhammar

      I skogen (In the Forest)

      Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Miah Persson.
      • HYPERION.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Carnival in Paris, Op 9

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Mats Lidström


    Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • CAPRICE.
  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    O du, der du die Liebe bist

    Choir: Danish National Radio Choir. Conductor: Jesper Grove Jørgensen.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Waltz No 2

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Maskarade (Overture)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • DECCA.

    • Claude Debussy

      Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)

      Performer: Pascal Rogé.
      • DECCA.

    • Hans Zimmer

      Chevaliers de Sangreal (from the soundtrack to The Da Vinci Code)

      Orchestra: Orchestra. Choir: Choir. Conductor: Richard Allen Harvey.
      • DECCA.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D minor for 2 violins and cello, RV 565

    Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet.
    • BIS.

    • Nicolò Paganini

      Caprices, Op.1 Nos. 1, 23 & 24

      Performer: Julia Fischer.
      • DECCA.
  • Johan Halvorsen


    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • William Byrd

    Domine, secundum actum meum for 6 voices

    Ensemble: The Cardinall’s Musick. Conductor: Andrew Carwood.
    • Byrd: Complete works Vol.4: The Cardinall's Musick/Carwood.
    • ASV.
    • 11.

    • Edvard Grieg

      Piano Concerto

      Performer: Sigurd Slåttebrekk. Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Michail Jurowski.
      • SIMAX.
  • Percy Grainger

    To a Nordic Princess

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Gustav Holst

    Songs from The Princess, Op.20a

    Ensemble: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.

Mystery Person

Answer: Carl Nielsen


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