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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Tamsin Greig

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Clarinettists; Music in Time: Weber: Der Freischutz (excerpt); Haydn's Symphony No 6, with the English Concert conducted by Trevor Pinnock.

My favourite... clarinettists. Sarah showcases her favourite clarinettists, past and present, including Martin Frost, Sabine Meyer, Michael Collins, Andrew Sparling and Benny Goodman. They'll be performing works such as Poulenc's lyrical Clarinet Sonata, Mendelssohn's virtuosic Konzertstuck No. 1 in F minor and the jazz-infused Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

Sarah's guest is the award-winning actress Tamsin Greig. Familiar to many listeners as Debbie Aldridge on Radio 4's The Archers, Tamsin also currently stars in the sitcom Episodes and in Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner. Tamsin's other screen roles include Dr. Caroline Todd in Green Wing and Fran Katzenjammer in Black Books. Also an acclaimed stage actress, Tamsin won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and received Olivier award nominations for The Little Dog Laughed and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Tamsin will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Charles Stanford, every day at 10am.

Music in Time: Romantic
Sarah features a piece from the BBC4 series Revolution & Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th century. Today, she explores the sinister 'Wolf's Glen' scene from Weber's opera Der Freischütz, an unearthly portrayal of the supernatural.

This week Sarah focuses on not just one but five artists, as she celebrates distinguished instrumentalists and singers who have also developed careers as conductors.

Symphony No. 6 in D major (Le Matin)
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Gigue (Harpsichord Suite in G major, HWV441)

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Homage March (Sigurd Jorsalfar)

    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
    • Grieg: Symphonic Dances, etc.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 013.
  • My favourite... clarinettists

    • Laurence Crane


      Performer: Andrew Sparling. Performer: Alan Thomas.
      • NMC.
  • Christoph Graupner

    Bassoon Concerto in C major, GWV 301

    Performer: Peter Whelan. Orchestra: Irish Baroque Orchestra. Director: Monica Huggett.
    • LINN.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Valse Triste

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Rebecca Clarke


    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
    • NAXOS.
  • François Couperin

    Les ombres errantes

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le jardin féerique (Ma mère l'oye)

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Yannick Nezet-Seguin Ravel Rotterdam Phiharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • 17.
  • Edvard Grieg

    II. Adagio (Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16)

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein. Orchestra: Symphony of the Air. Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein.
    • RCA.
  • Tamsin Greig's Choice No. 2

    • Samuel Barber

      Adagio for Strings

      Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Thomas Schippers.
      • SONY.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      'Milch des Mondes fiel aufs Kraut' (Der Freischutz)

      Singer: Peter Schreier. Singer: Theo Adam. Choir: Leipzig Radio Choir. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
      • DG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal (Act 1 Prelude)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No 6 in D major, 'Le matin'

      Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Movements for a Clarinet Concerto

    Composer: Colin Matthews. Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair.
    • NMC.
  • Charles‐Marie Widor

    Mass for double choir and 2 organs, Op.36

    Performer: Joseph Cullen. Performer: Andrew Reid. Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Choir: The Hyperion Chorus of Baritones. Director: James OʼDonnell.
    • Vierne, Widor & Dupre: Masses & Motets: Choir of Westminster, James O'Donell.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12.

By Association

Answer: Ravel and Couperin

The music played:

Le Tombeau de Couperin
Cleveland Orchestra
Pierre Boulez (conductor)


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