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Monday - Sarah Walker with Ken Loach

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite 18th-Century Overtures; Haydn's Piano Sonata in B minor; Artists of the Week: Netherlands Chamber Choir, in Sweelinck's Te Deum Laudamus.

My favourite... 18th century overtures. Sarah shares a selection of her favourite overtures. These were designed to settle a restive audience and prepare them for an opera, or to open concerts or grand celebrations. Sarah's featured works include operatic overtures by Mozart and his rival Antonio Salieri, as well as instrumental pieces by Josef Myslivecek and by Handel - music that accompanied the firework display in London's Green Park in 1749 marking the end of the War of Austrian Succession.

Take part in today's musical challenge: which location is being depicted in this piece of music?

Sarah's guest is the celebrated film director Ken Loach. Ken's films include Cathy Come Home, whose powerful message helped to change the law on homelessness when it was first broadcast in 1966, as well as Kes, My Name is Joe and Sweet Sixteen. His work across television and film has won him awards including the BAFTA Fellowship and two Palmes d'Or for his 2006 film The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and for his most recent film, I, Daniel Blake, which tackles unemployment and poverty in Britain today. Ken talks about his directing career and his favourite pieces of classical music throughout the week, including music by Canteloube, Brahms and Haydn, who Ken insists is the best composer to get dressed to in the morning.

Power of Three - the next episode in a 70-part daily series of pioneering sounds from the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3 archives presented by David Hendy.

Followed by
Music in Time: Classical
Sarah places Music in Time as she heads back to the Classical period with Haydn's Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI/32, which demonstrates how ornamentation in keyboard music of the time is less florid and conspicuous than in the Baroque period, reflecting the era's new tastes and ideas.

Sarah's Artists of the Week are the Netherlands Chamber Choir. Founded in 1937, the Nederlands Kamerkoor has developed a worldwide reputation for its innovative commissions and collaborations, which include world premieres of works by Sir John Tavener, James MacMillan and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. The choir regularly performs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestra of the 18th Century under Frans Bruggen and The Schönberg Ensemble, and have released a steady stream of award winning recordings. Sarah dips into the choir's archive throughout the week, sharing interpretations of music by the Dutch composer Sweelinck, as well as Rossini, Palestrina and Poulenc, a composer who wrote music especially for the choir.

Te Deum Laudamus
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Peter Phillips (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Judith Weir

    Ave Regina caelorum

    Choir: Choir of Merton College, Oxford. Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas.
    • The Marian Collection.
    • Delphian.
    • 1.
  • MY FAVOURITE...18th century overtures

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)

      Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Conductor: René Jacobs.
      • Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro: Rene Jacobs.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • 1.
  • Antonio Lauro


    Performer: John Williams. Performer: Alfonso Montes.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Dolly Suite

    Orchestrator: Henri Rabaud. Orchestra: Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Holberg Suite

    Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra. Director: Richard Tognetti.
    • BIS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Songs without Words, Op.102 Nos. 3-5

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG.

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.92 'Oxford': IV. Presto

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • LSO LIVE.

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Cello Concerto in B minor: II. Adagio ma no troppo

      Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • MUsic in time: classical

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob.XVI:32

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • François Couperin

    Premier Concert (Les Concerts Royaux)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: Netherlands Chamber Choir

    • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

      Te Deum Laudamus

      Choir: Nederlands Kamerkoor. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
      • NM CLASSICS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in E minor, Op 119 No 2

    Performer: Nicholas Angelich.
    • Brahms: Klavierstucke Op.116-119: Nicholas Angelich.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 18.
  • Aaron Copland

    Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

    Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.90

    Performer: Steven Osborne.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Venice

The music played:

Felix Mendelssohn
Gondellied (barcarolle) in A major
Daniel Barenboim (piano)


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