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Monday - Sarah Walker with Debbie Horsfield

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Scarlatti Sonatas; Music in Time: Satie's Gnossiennes; Artists of the Week: Collegium Musicum 90, in Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo.

My favourite... Scarlatti sonatas. This week Sarah shares her favourite examples of Domenico Scarlatti's quixotic pieces for keyboard. Written principally for the entertainment of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families, Scarlatti deploys myriad virtuosic techniques to create sonatas that can be stately, scampering or thoughtful. Sarah showcases sonatas displaying these qualities, and more, in performances by pianists and harpsichordists including Yevgeny Sudbin and Andreas Staier.

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

Sarah's guest is the theatre and television writer Debbie Horsfield. Debbie recently adapted Winston Graham's Poldark for BBC One. The hit adaptation, starring Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark, won the Radio Times Audience Award at this year's BAFTAs, and a third series has just been commissioned. Debbie started her career working for Trevor Nunn at the Royal Shakespeare Company, going on to become the resident writer at the Liverpool Playhouse. Her other television writing credits include The Riff Raff Element and Cutting It, which both earned her BAFTA Best Drama Series award nominations, as well as True Dare Kiss and All The Small Things. Debbie talks about her writing, and about heading to the Cornish cliffs to research Poldark, and shares a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Bizet and Brahms, as well as Anne Dudley's soundtrack to Poldark.

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.

Music in Time: Modern
Sarah places Music in Time. Today she's in the Modern period, discovering the unusual modes and strange scales employed by the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie in his Gnossiennes, as he searched for his own musical language.

Sarah's artists of the week are Collegium Musicum 90. One of the UK's leading baroque orchestras, Collegium Musicum 90 was founded by the violinist, and former leader of the English Concert, Simon Standage, and the late conductor Richard Hickox, taking its name from the musical ensembles and societies prevalent in the 17th and 18th centuries. The orchestra has recorded a wide variety of music from the baroque and early classical period, appearing in Europe and British music festivals, including the BBC Proms. Sarah showcases a selection of their recordings including a Mass by Haydn, concertos by Vivaldi and Albinoni, and overtures and suites by Thomas Arne and Telemann.

Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, 'Kleine Orgelmesse', Hob. XXII:7
Janice Watson (soprano)
Collegium Musicum 90
Richard Hickox (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Traditional Norwegian

    Wedding March from Gudbrandsdalen

    Performer: Birger Mistereggen. Choir: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • William Bolcom

    Graceful Ghost

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: Jonathan Feldman.
    • DG.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mendelssohn Overturen London Symphony Orchestra Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
    • 3.
  • My favourite...Scarlatti Sonatas

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.517

      Performer: Pierre Hantaï.
      • MIRARE.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in E minor for flute, recorder and strings, TWV 52 e1

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Concertos pour Instruments à Vent (Ensemble : Musica Antiqua Köln - Direction :.
    • Archiv.
    • 16.
  • Bheka Dlamini

    Umsindisi [O Lord]

    Choir: SDASA Chorale. Singer: Bheka Diamini. Singer: Bongani Ntuli. Singer: Jabulani Diamini.
    • ERATO.
  • Debbie Horsfield's Choice No.1

    • Georges Bizet

      Carmen: Prelude to Act I

      Orchestra: Lamoureux Concerts Orchestra. Conductor: Igor Markevitch.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Debbie Horsfield's Choice No.2

    • Georges Bizet

      Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers)

      Singer: Jussi Björling. Singer: Robert Merrill. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Renato Cellini.
      • RCA.
  • Debbie Horsfield's Choice No.3

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco)

      Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
      • EMI.
  • William Walton

    Crown Imperial

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • DECCA.

    • Erik Satie

      Gnossiennes, Nos. 4, 5 & 6

      Performer: Anne Queffélec.
  • Claude Debussy


    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Decca.

    • Joseph Haydn

      'Little Organ Mass', Hob.XXII:7

      Singer: Janice Watson. Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
      • CHANDOS.
  • A Classical Chiller

    • Bernard Herrmann

      Psycho (A Narrative for Orchestra)

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Herrmann.
      • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1 'Ghost'

    Ensemble: Sukovo trio.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Africa

The music played:

Africa Fantasie, Op.89
Louis Lortie (piano)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor)


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