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Friday - Sarah Walker with Chris Riddell

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Dowland Songs; Music in Time: Brahms: Clarinet Sonata; Artist of the Week: Marc-Andre Hamelin, featured in Haydn's Piano Sonata, H XI 36.

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 today's challenge: two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

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: Romantic
Sarah places Music in Time. The spotlight is on the Romantic period and the newfound equality between instruments as expressed in Brahms' Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op.120 No. 2.

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.

Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Hob.XI:36
Marc-André Hamelin (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Caritas habundat in omnia

    Ensemble: Sequentia.
  • My favourite... Dowland songs

    • John Dowland

      Come again

      Singer: John Potter. Performer: Stephen Stubbs. Performer: John Surman. Performer: Maya Homburger. Performer: Barry Guy.
      • ECM.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Bagatelles, Op 47

    Performer: Jaroslav Tůma. Ensemble: Panochovo kvarteto.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Keyboard Sonata in G minor, 'Cat's Fugue'

    Performer: Scott Ross.
    • ERATO.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Violin Concerto in B flat major

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Fantasie, Op.79

    Performer: Ileana Ruhemann. Performer: Julius Drake.
  • William Walton

    Orb and sceptre - coronation march

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Elgar & Walton: Marches & Orchestral Music: LPO/Boult.
    • EMI.
    • 13.
  • Chris Riddell's choice No. 1

    • Orlando Gough


      Choir: Stavanger Vocalensemble.
  • Chris Riddell's Choice No. 2

    • Lisa Knapp

      Shipping Song

  • Sarah's choice for Chris Riddell

    • Hildegard von Bingen


      Ensemble: Sequentia.
  • Tailleferre

    Pastorale in C major (1929)

    Performer: Marcia Eckert (piano).
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Johannes Brahms

      Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat major, Op.120 No.2

      Performer: Martin Fröst. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
      • BIS.
  • Georges Bizet

    Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Carmen)

    Choir: Choir of Radio France. Singer: Marina Domashenko. Singer: Andrea Bocelli. Choir: Maîtrise de Radio France. Singer: Eva Mei. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Singer: Thierry Félix. Singer: Magali Léger. Singer: Delphine Haidan. Singer: Olivier Lallouette. Singer: Alain Gabriel. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • Bizet, Carmen - Duets and Arias: Bocelli/Domashenko/Mei/Terfel.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Artist of the week: Marc-André Hamelin

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Hob.XVI:36

      Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
      • HYPERION.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Marriage of Figaro, Act III sextet: Riconosci in questo amplesso

    Performer: DJ Bum Bum. Singer: Christiane Karg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Singer: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt. Singer: Luca Pisaroni. Singer: Thomas Hampson. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • William Walton

    Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Warner Apex.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

I. Allegramente (Piano Concerto in G)
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ettore Gracis (conductor)
Belshazzar's Feast (conclusion)
Huddersfield Choral Society
English Northern Philharmonia
Paul Daniel (conductor)


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