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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Chris Riddell

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Dowland Songs; Music in Time: cori spezzati; Artist of the Week: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, featured in Janacek's On an Overgrown Path (Bk 1).

My favourite... Dowland Songs. Throughout the week Sarah dips into the songbooks of John Dowland, sharing a selection ranging from Fine knacks for ladies (which offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of an Elizabethan pedlar), to the melodious and romantic Come again sweet love from Dowland's First Book of Songs, which was published in 1597.

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

Sarah's guest this week is the illustrator, writer and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. Chris has enjoyed critical acclaim for his illustrated books for children, which include the bestselling Ottoline books and The Emperor of Absurdia. He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice for his illustrations, in 2002 for Pirate Diary and in 2004 for Jonathan Swift's Gulliver and also won the Costa Children's Book Award for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse in 2013. Chris has worked with collaborators including Paul Stewart on the Muddle Earth, Edge Chronicles and Wyrmweald series and Neil Gaiman on The Graveyard Book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and Fortunately the Milk. In addition to his children's books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. Chris will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Philip Glass, Debussy and Gorecki, and sketching along with Sarah in the studio, every day at 10am.

Music in Time: Renaissance
Sarah takes a trip to the Renaissance period as she investigates the dramatic possibilities of the Venetian polychoral style known as 'cori spezzati' - separated choirs.

Sarah's artist of the week is the Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Sarah shares his recordings of piano classics ranging from the fleeting images of Schumann's Waldszenen and Janacek's From an Overgrown Path to the highly-structured sonatas of Mozart and Haydn, as well as sampling his own composition: Etudes in all the minor keys.

On the Overgrown Path, Book 1
Marc-André Hamelin (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Leos Janáček

    V. Celadensky (Lachian Dances)

    Orchestra: Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu. Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd.
    • NAXOS.
  • anon.

    Running Footman; Greensleeves; Pudding Pyes

    Ensemble: Ulsamer Collegium. Conductor: Josef Ulsamer.
    • DG.

    • John Dowland

      I saw my lady weepe

      Performer: Anthony Rooley. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
      • BIS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat major, K.495

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Maag.
    • DECCA.
  • Ferdinand Hérold

    La Fille Mal Gardee (excerpts)

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    3 Latin Motets, Op.38

    Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    IV. Allegro con brio (Symphony No.7 in A major, Op.92)

    Performer: Leslie Howard. Music Arranger: Franz Liszt. Music Arranger: Franz Liszt.

    • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

      II. Lento e largo (Symphony No.3 ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’)

      Singer: Joanna Kozłowska. Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej. Conductor: Kazimierz Kord.
      • DECCA.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude (Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV1007)

      Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras.

    • Philip Glass

      Mad Rush (excerpt)

      Performer: Valentina Lisitsa.
      • DECCA.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Renaissance

    • Giovanni Gabrieli

      Jubilate Deo omnis terra

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St Matthew Passion, BWV224: Kommt, ihr Tochter

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Choir: London Oratory Junior Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Bach: St Matthew Passion: Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner.
    • Archiv.
    • 1.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Flute Sonata

    Performer: Juliette Hurel. Performer: Hélène Couvert.
    • Impressions francaises.
    • Zig Zag Territories.
    • 1-3.

    • Leos Janáček

      On the overgrown path (Book 1)

      Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
      • HYPERION.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 8 in B minor, D 759, 'Unfinished'

    Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Schubert: Symphonies Nos 8 & 9, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    An Sylvia, D 891

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: John Mark Ainsley.
    • Schubert - Complete Songs.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.

By Association

Answer: Beethoven and Liszt

The music played:

Beethoven (arr. Liszt) 
III. Scherzo (Symphony No.5 in C minor) 
Leslie Howard (piano) 


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