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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Catherine Martin

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Scandinavian Strings; Music in Time: Mozart: Sonata No 16 in C; Northern Lights season: Nielsen: Wind Quintet.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

10am
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.

10.30am
Sarah places Music in Time. She examines Mozart's use of the Alberti bass in his Sonata No.16 in C major K545. The Alberti bass was a technique of keyboard writing built on quick-moving arpeggios, which emerged during the Classical period to complement the slower moving harmony of music during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

11am
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.

Nielsen
Wind Quintet
Frosunda Wind Quintet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Nielsen

    Humoresque, Op 2 No 2 (Two Fantasy Pieces)

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Performer: Markus Becker.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6 No.10

    Ensemble: Handel and Haydn Society. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'OISEAU-LYRE.
  • Percy Grainger

    Lord Peter’s Stable-Boy (Danish Folk Music Settings, chamber version)

    Performer: Kenneth Sillito. Performer: Stephen Orton. Performer: John Constable. Performer: John Alley. Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...SCANDINAVIAN STRINGS

    • Edvard Grieg

      Two Elegiac Melodies, Op 34

      Orchestra: Det Norske Kammerorkester. Conductor: Iona Brown.
      • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances of Marosszek

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Lagunenwalzer, Op 411

    Music Arranger: Arnold Schoenberg. Ensemble: Linos Ensemble.
    • CAPRICCIO.
  • Francis Poulenc

    O magnum mysterium (Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel)

    Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
    • HYPERION.
  • CATHERINE MARTIN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Henri Duparc

      L’Invitation au voyage

      Performer: Dalton Baldwin. Singer: Gérard Souzay.
      • EMI.
  • CATHERINE MARTIN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Arvo Pärt

      Passio (excerpt)

      Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
      • ECM.
  • CATHERINE MARTIN'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Olivier Messiaen

      Abime des oiseaux (Quatuor pour la fin du Temps)

      Performer: Michael Collins.
      • DECCA.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K 545

      Performer: Maria João Pires.
      • DG.
  • Sofia Gubaidulina

    The Drummer (Musical Toys)

    Performer: Béatrice Rauchs.
    • BIS.
  • Lars‐Erik Larsson

    II. Adagio (Symphony No.1)

    Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Hans‐Peter Frank.
    • BIS.
  • Ann Burgess

    Comes the Light

    Performer: Helen Neeves. Performer: Christopher Bowen. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Specially recorded in 2015 for the Radio 3 Carol Competition..
  • NORDIC MASTERPIECE

    • Carl Nielsen

      Wind Quintet, Op.43

      Performer: Frosunda Wind Quintet.
      • BIS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.29 in A major K.201

    Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
    • DG.
  • Felice Anerio

    Litania Deiparae Virginis Mariae

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Eamonn Dougan.
    • CORO.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Vaughan Williams
The Truth sent from above
Helen Hugh-Jones (soprano)
SIGNUM

Poulenc
O Magnum Mysterium (Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel)
Choir of Westminster Cathedral
James O’Donnell (conductor)
HELIOS

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