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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Catherine Martin

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Scandinavian Strings; Music in Time: Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces; Northern Lights season: Sinding: Piano Concerto.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Scandinavian strings'. Throughout the week, as part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Sarah shares music written for strings by Nordic composers including Grieg, Bull, and Larsson, plus there's a chance to hear a traditional tune played on a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle.

Take part in our daily musical challenge - listen to the clues and see if you know the mystery person.

Sarah's guest is the jeweller and trained classical musician Catherine Martin who, after travelling to Japan, discovered an ancient braiding technique that she spent four years perfecting and went on to use in her jewellery making. Her first piece of jewellery made the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum and she has since had exhibitions at the American Museum of Art and Design in New York, the National Museums of Scotland and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Throughout the week Catherine shares a selection of her favourite classical music, talks about physically stepping into Dame Janet Baker's shoes in a production with the English Opera Group and explains why she listens to the Bach Fugues whilst weaving precious metals in her work as a jeweller.

Sarah places Music in Time. The spotlight is on the Modern era as Sarah enters the expressive world of chromatic harmony created by Schoenberg in his 5 Orchestral Pieces.

As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Sarah features recordings of major works by leading Nordic composers. Throughout the week Sarah explores music from Northern lands as she showcases compositions by composers including Sinding, Nielsen and Berwald.

Piano Concerto
Piers Lane (piano)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Christian Sinding

    Rustle of Spring, Op 32 No 3

    Performer: John Ogdon.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No 3 in D major

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Scandinavian Strings

    • Trad.

      Siklebekken (The Trickling Beck)

      Performer: Knut Buen.
      • SAYDISC.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Bassoon Sonata, Op 168

    Performer: Ursula Leveaux. Performer: Ian Brown. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Armas Järnefelt


    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat major, D 899 No 4

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: George Pieterson. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara


    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Performer: Cory Smythe.
    • DG.
  • Catherine Martin's Choice No. 1

    • Trad. Japanese


      Performer: Kohachiro Miyata.
  • Catherine Martin's Choice No. 2

    • Franz Schubert

      I. Molto moderato e cantabile (Piano sonata in G, D894)

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Arnold Schoenberg

      5 Orchestral Pieces, Op.16

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Craft.
      • KOCH.
  • Geirr Tveitt

    Fading away in the bright night of spring (Piano Concerto No 4, 'Aurora Borealis)

    Performer: Håvard Gimse. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Bjarte Engeset.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu meine Freude

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM.
  • Nordic Masterpiece

    • Christian Sinding

      Piano Concerto in D flat, Op.6

      Performer: Piers Lane. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
      • HYPERION.
  • Martin Carling

    Comes the Light

    Performer: Richard Pearce. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • BBC recording.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Le boeuf sur le toit

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • William Byrd

    Deo gratias for 4 voices

    Choir: The Cardinall’s Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • William Byrd: Infelix ego The Cardinall's Musick.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.

Mystery Person

Answer: Einojuhani Rautavaara


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