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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with David Gower

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Character Dances; Music in Time: Alfonso el Sabio: Por nos de dulta tirar; Artist of the Week: Martin Frost, in Saint-Saens's Clarinet Sonata.

My favourite... character dances. Integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire, character dances are the stylized representation of a traditional folk or national dance. Throughout the week Sarah chooses a handful of her favourites from evergreen ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Coppelia.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you remember the television show that featured this piece of classical music?

Sarah's guest is the broadcaster and former England cricket captain, David Gower. Famed as one of England's greatest batsmen, David was one of the most capped and highest scoring players of his time and led England to victory during the 1985 Ashes. Since retiring from professional cricket he has forged an equally successful career in the commentary box. David will be reminiscing about his time as cricket's golden boy, talking about his commentating career and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Byrd, Bach and Beethoven, every day at 10am.

Sarah places Music in Time as she travels back to the Medieval period to hear Alfonso El Sabio's Por nos de dulta tirar, one of the hundreds of songs that make up the Cantigas de Santa Maria, a large collection of monophonic vocal music from the Middle Ages.

Sarah's artist of the week is the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, one of the best wind instrumentalists of his generation. He has performed with some of the finest orchestras from around the world, as well as being a keen recitalist and chamber musician. Throughout the week Sarah shares Fröst's interpretations of classics of the clarinet repertoire including Crusell's Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Saint-Saëns's Sonata in E flat major, Brahms's Quintet in B minor, Debussy's Premiere rapsodie and Mozart's Concerto.

Clarinet Sonata in E flat major Op.167
Martin Fröst (clarinet)
Roland Pöntinen (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Peter Warlock

    Bransles (Capriol Suite)

    Ensemble: The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
    • DELOS.
  • Frederick Delius

    Dance (North Country Sketches)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Liszt

    Tarantella (Annees de Pelerinage: Venezia e Napoli)

    Performer: Lazar Berman.
    • DG.

    • Johann Strauss II

      Tarantella (Cinderella, Act III)

      Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
      • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise)

    Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Performer: Helmut Deutsch.
    • SONY.
  • Leos Janáček

    On an overgrown path book 2, no.1; Andante

    Performer: Charles Owen.
    • Leos Janacek: Piano music: Charles Owen.
    • Somm New Horizons.
    • 13.
  • Nicolas Gombert

    Magnificat No.6 (sexti et primi toni)

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Tempest Suite No.1, Op.109 (excerpt)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.

    • George Frideric Handel

      Sinfonia, 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' (Solomon)

      Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
      • Archiv.

    • Robert Schumann

      I. Allegro affettuoso (Piano Concerto in A minor)

      Performer: Van Cliburn. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
      • RCA.

    • Alfonso X el Sabio

      Por nos de dulta tirar (Cantigas de Santa Maria)

      Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
      • ASTREE.
  • Aaron Copland

    El salón México

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorale-Prelude 'Vor deinen Thron tret' ich', BWV 668

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • Teldec.

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 167

      Performer: Martin Frost. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
      • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    My heart is inditing, HWV 261

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Handel: Coronation Anthems: Choir of King's college, Cleobury.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in E flat major, Op.33 No.1; Bagatelle in E flat major, Op.126 No.6

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
    • ERATO.

Heard on Screen

Answer: This Week (ITV)

The music played:

Intermezzo (Karelia Suite)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Berglund (conductor)


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