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Friday - Sarah Walker with Debbie Horsfield

With Sarah Walker. Includes My Favourite Scarlatti Sonatas; Mozart: Piano Concerto in A, K414; Artists of the Week: Collegium Musicum 90, featured in Telemann's Overture-Suite in G.

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: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical 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.

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Music in Time: Classical
Sarah places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major, K414, as Sarah explores the influence of the church calendar on concert performances during the 18th-century.

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.

Overture-Suite in G major, 'Burlesque der Don Quixotte', TWV55:G10
Collegium Musicum 90
Simon Standage (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Apollo et Hyacinthus, K.38: Intrada in D major

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
    • DG.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Five Bagatelles, Op.23

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • Chandos.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen, Op 22)

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • ONDINE.
  • my favourite...Scarlatti Sonatas

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Sonata in B minor Kk.377

      Performer: Scott Ross.
      • ERATO.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo fantastique, Op.3

    Orchestra: CBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Laudate pueri Primo a 5, with two violins

    Choir: Cantus Cölln. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Director: Konrad Junghänel.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in D major, Op 23 No 4

    Performer: Simon Trpceski.
    • Rachmaninov: Simon Trpceski.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 11.
  • Debbie Horsfield's Choice No.1

    • Wendy Carlos

      March from A Clockwork Orange (based on finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony)

      Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven. Performer: Wendy Carlos.
      • WARNER.
  • Debbie Horsfield's Choice No.2

    • Hans Zimmer

      Now We Are Free

      Singer: Lisa Gerrard. Orchestra: The Lyndhurst Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
      • DECCA.
  • Sarah's Choice for Debbie Horsfield

    • Malcolm Arnold

      Four Cornish Dances, Op.91: No.2 Andantino

      Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductor: Elgar Howarth.
      • CONIFER.
  • Richard Strauss

    Enoch Arden, conclusion of part 2: 'Woman, disturb me not at the last'

    Performer: Lucy Parham. Narrator: Henry Goodman.
  • Music in time: classical

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto in A major, K.414

      Performer: Anda Géza. Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg.
      • DG.

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      Burlesque de Quixotte

      Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90. Director: Simon Standage.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in C major, K.6: I. Allegro

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
  • anon

    Confitemini Domino

    Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Director: Vincent Dumestre.
    • ALPHA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Les Preludes

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
    • DG.

Heard on Screen

Answer: Brief Encounter (1945)

The music played:

Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor: II. Adagio sostenuto
Eileen Joyce (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf (conductor)


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