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Friday - Sarah Walker with Ken Loach

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite 18th-Century Overtures; Music in Time: Medieval; Artists of the Week: Netherlands Chamber Choir, featured in Palestrina and Part.

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: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

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 Palme d'Ors 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: Medieval
Sarah places Music in Time with a performance of the anonymous song 'Novus miles sequitur', written in 1173 to help rouse an attempted rebellion of barons led by Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Leicester, against King Henry II.

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 John Tavener, James MacMillan and 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.

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli - Credo
Pärt - I am the True Vine
Palstrina: Missa Papae Marcelli - Sanctus/Benedictus
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Risto Joost (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Fanny Hensel

    Six melodies pour le piano: Allegretto

    Performer: Béatrice Rauchs.
    • BIS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...18th century overtures

    • George Frideric Handel

      Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351

      Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Eugene Louis-Marie Jancourt


    Performer: Karen Geoghegan. Performer: Philip Fisher.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Annen-Polka Op.117

    Performer: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Performer: Eugene Ormandy.
    • SONY.
  • Landi

    Alla guerra d'amor

    Performer: Johnatte Zomer. Performer: Stephan van Dyck.
    • ALPHA.
  • Georges Bizet

    La Patrie: Overture

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • John Tavener

    The Protecting Veil: opening movement

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Piano Concerto No.1: III. Presto

      Performer: Martin Helmchen. Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
      • PENTATONE.
  • Sarah's choice for Ken Loach

    • Percy Grainger

      Colonial Song

      Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Presto in C major for string quartet

    Ensemble: Arditti Quartet.
  • Music in Time: Medieval

    • anon.

      Novus miles sequitur

      Choir: Gothic Voices. Conductor: Christopher Page.
      • HYPERION.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Pines of Rome

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • BELART.
  • ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: Netherlands Chamber Choir

    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Missa Papae Marcelli: Credo

      Choir: Nederlands Kamerkoor. Conductor: Risto Joost.
      • GLOBE.
  • Robert Schumann

    Violin Concerto in D minor (2nd mvt - with a coda by Benjamin Britten)

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Director: Joshua Bell.
    • SONY.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Suite in G minor, TWV55:g1, 'La Musette'

    Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

The Protecting Veil: opening
Yo-Yo Ma (cello)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
David Zinman (conductor)

‘American’ Quartet: opening
Hagen Quartet



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