Friday - Sarah Walker, plus Rob Cowan with guest Eddie Izzard
With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Nordic Song; Musical challenge; Music in Time: Britten: A Boy Was Born; Nordic recordings: Stenhammar: Serenade in F, Op 31.
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 today's challenge. Two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?
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 showcases a Modern work, and a teenaged Britten's remarkable treatment of variation form - A Boy Was Born.
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.
Serenade in F major, Op. 31
Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Christian Lindberg (conductor).
5 REASONS TO LOVE...NORDIC SONG
EDDIE IZZARD'S CHOICE NO.1
EDDIE IZZARD'S CHOICE NO.2
MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN
The music played:
Violin Concerto (1st movement)
Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)
Andre Previn (conductor)
March of the Dwarfs (Lyric Pieces, Op.54 No.3)
Mikhail Pletnev (piano)