Friday - Sarah Walker with David Gower
With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Character Dances; Music in Time: Bach: Fugue, BWV578; Artist of the Week: clarinettist Martin Frost, featured in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A.
My favourite... character dances. Many classical ballets incorporate stylized representations of traditional folk or national dances, and throughout the week Sarah chooses a handful of her favourite character dances from evergreen ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Coppelia.
Take part in today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.
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. The spotlight is on the Renaissance and Orlande de Lassus's Lagrime di San Pietro, an example of madrigali spirituali - a vocal part song with a sacred rather than secular text.
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 Concerto in A major K.622
Martin Fröst (clarinet/conductor)
German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen.