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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.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Vierdanck

    Ballo (Suite in A major)

    Ensemble: London Baroque.
    • BIS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Un ballo in maschera (Prelude)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Downes.
    • CHANDOS.

    • Ludwig Minkus

      Spanish Dance (Don Quixote, Act II)

      Orchestra: Sofia National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Boris Spassov.
      • CAPRICCIO.
  • Filipe da Madre de Deus

    Antonya, Flaciquia, Gasipa

    Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • William Faulkes

    Festival Prelude on ‘Ein feste Burg’

    Performer: Duncan Ferguson.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in D major, Op 46 No 6

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Karel Sejna.
  • Alonso Lobo

    Versa est in luctum

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Director: Graham Ross.
  • Michael Tippett

    Little Music for Strings

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI.
  • Russell Pascoe

    Magnificat (Truro Service)

    Choir: Truro Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Chris Gray.
    • REGENT.

    • Gregorio Allegri

      Miserere mei, Deus

      Singer: Jocelyn Somerville. Singer: Susan Watson. Singer: Elizabeth Atkinson. Singer: Keith Long. Choir: Vasari Singers. Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse.
      • NAXOS.

    • Johannes Brahms

      Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op 117 No 2

      Performer: Radu Lupu.
      • DECCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Music for the Royal Fireworks (La réjouissance)

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • G.F. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: English Concert/Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 4.

    • Orlande de Lassus

      E vago d’incontrar chi giusta pena; Vattene vita va (Lagrime di San Pietro)

      Choir: Ensemble Vocal Europeen. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Franz Liszt


    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Arthur Honegger

    Souvénir de Chopin

    Performer: Jonathan Plowright.
    • Hommage A Chopin: Jonathan Plowright piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 (1st mvt)

      Performer: Martin Frost. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Director: Martin Frost.
      • BIS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Danses caractéristiques, Op 71 (The Nutcracker)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nicolas Economou. Music Arranger: Nicolas Economou.
    • DG.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite

    Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.
    • Khachaturian/Kabalevsky/Tchaikovsky/Rimsky-Korsakov: Kondrashin.
    • BMG.
    • 1.

Mystery Place

Answer: Truro Cathedral


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