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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Gemma Jones

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Music from the Court of Henry VIII; Music in Time: Bach: Capriccio in B flat; Artist of the Week: Nicholas Daniel, featured playing Vaughan Williams.

My favourite... music from the court of Henry VIII. Music was an important part of the young Henry's education and he was a gifted instrumentalist and composer. He was keen to promote music within his lavish court and patronised musicians throughout his life. Sarah heads back to the 16th century as she discovers anonymous part songs and dances, both mournful and rowdy, that were written for Henry's court, plus pieces written as presents to the king from overseas, a work from Anne Boleyn's Songbook and music by one of Henry's leading court musicians, William Cornysh.

Take part in today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

Sarah's guest this week, sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, is the acclaimed actress Gemma Jones. Gemma's film credits range from Mrs Dashwood in the Academy Award-winning Sense and Sensibility to Bridget's mother in the hit Bridget Jones's Diary. She has performed Shakespearean roles including Portia in the Merchant of Venice, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth and Queen Margaret in Kevin Spacey's 2011 stage production of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes. Gemma is also fondly remembered for her starring role in the BBC's The Duchess of Duke Street, and more recently featured aongside Tom Courtenay in the ITV drama Unforgotten, and in the BBC series Capital with Lesley Sharp and Toby Jones. Gemma's music choices include part of Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, which reminds her of performing in Peter Brook's production of the play, Bach's St John Passion, which Gemma recently sang with her choir, and Chopin's Waltz in B minor, Op.69 No.2, a piece that her father used to play.

Music in Time: Baroque
Sarah places Music in Time. Today she heads back to the Baroque period as she discovers the events behind Bach's only piece of instrumental programme music, the Capriccio in B flat major 'on the Departure of his Beloved Brother'. The work describes the tender farewell of two friends, as one of them prepares to take a trip by postal coach - but who was the brother in question?

Sarah's Artist of the Week is the oboist Nicholas Daniel. Since winning the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition in 1980, Daniel has toured the world as a virtuoso of the oboe, and has been a tireless champion of the instrument. His rich, flexible tone and brilliant technique have led him to perform not only the mainstays of the oboe repertoire, such as Vaughan Williams's Concerto and Mozart's Oboe Quartet, but also to commission many new pieces and unearth neglected works. He began directing orchestras from the oboe from the start of his career, and is now a respected conductor in his own right while, as a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, he continues to pursue his love of chamber music. Sarah reflects the various facets of Daniel's career in her musical choices at 11am each day.

Vaughan Williams
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A minor
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Britten Sinfonia
Jacqueline Shave (director).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Five English Folk-Songs: Just as the Tide was Flowing

    Choir: The Finzi Singers. Director: Paul Spicer.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Coriolan Overture, Op.62

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • Beethoven: Overtures: Klemperer.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • MY from the court of Henry VIII

    • Tielman Susato

      Fanfare ‘La Mourisque’

      Music Arranger: David Munrow. Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London. Director: David Munrow.
      • TESTAMENT.
    • Claude Gervaise


      Music Arranger: David Munrow. Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London. Director: David Munrow.
      • TESTAMENT.
    • Anon.

      La Pastorella

      Music Arranger: David Munrow. Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London. Director: David Munrow.
      • TESTAMENT.
    • Claude Gervaise


      Music Arranger: David Munrow. Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London. Director: David Munrow.
      • TESTAMENT.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Andante con moto for piano trio

    Ensemble: Moscow Trio.
  • Maria Theresia von Paradis


    Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • EMI.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

    Orchestra: Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi.
    • NAIVE.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    ‘Dresden’ Concerto in G major, S.215 (for 2 recorders, 2 oboes, violin and continuo)

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • DG.
  • Traditional Bulgarian

    Bulgar Cigany Horo

    Music Arranger: Kálmán Balogh. Performer: Kálmán Balogh. Ensemble: Meta Folk Band.
    • ARC MUSIC.
  • Gemma Jones' Choice No.1

    • Carl Orff

      Carmina Burana: Part III, Cour d'amours - 'Amor volat undique'

      Singer: Patricia Petibon. Choir: Tölzer Knabenchor. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
      • DG.
  • Gemma Jones' Choice No.2

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18: 
III. Allegro scherzando

      Performer: Eileen Joyce. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
      • DUTTON.
  • Anonymous

    Pia mater Salvatoris for 3 voices [Old Hall MS, c.1410-15]

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Singer: David James. Singer: Ashley Stafford. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Singer: John Potter. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Paul Hillier. Singer: Gordon Jones.
    • The Old Hall Manuscript: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • EMI.
    • 2.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, BWV.992

      Performer: Claire‐Marie Le Guay.
      • MIRARE.
  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Performer: Raymond Mase. Performer: Stephen Taylor. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 pianos

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Rachmaninoff/Ravel/Lutoslawski: Argerich/Freire.
    • Philips.
    • 6.

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Oboe Concerto in A minor

      Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia.
  • Robert Schumann

    Allegro in B flat major (Faschingsschwank aus Wien – Phantasiebilder, Op.26)

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Michael Haydn

    Symphony No.14 in B flat major, P.52

    Orchestra: German Chamber Academy of Neuss. Conductor: Frank Beermann.
    • CPO.

Mystery Object

Answer: Cimbalom


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