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Monday - Sarah Walker with Oliver Jeffers

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Spanish Dance; Music in Time: Schubert lieder; Artist of the Week: viola player Tabea Zimmermann, featured performing Reger's Suite in D.

My favourite... Spanish dances. As nationalist feelings emerged during the revolutions of 19th century Europe, composers turned to the forms and styles of their native countries to emphasise their cultural heritage. In Spain composers such as Granados and Falla led the way, creating a style of music that became immensely popular across the continent. Sarah features examples by those two composers, and by followers of the style including Moritz Moszkowski, Mikhail Glinka and Maurice Ravel.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

Sarah's guest is the artist and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. Oliver's work ranges from figurative painting and installations to picture book making. His books, which include The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Once Upon An Alphabet, have been translated into over thirty languages, and The Day The Crayons Quit, and its sequel The Day The Crayons Came Home, were both number one New York Times bestsellers. Oliver has won awards including The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, The Red House Book Award, British Book Design Award, and The Blue Peter Book of the Year. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, his second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film that has received over sixty awards, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film. Throughout the week Oliver talks about his art and illustrations and shares a selection of his favourite pieces of classical music, including works by Bizet, Mascagni and Beethoven.

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Music in Time: Romantic
Sarah places Music in Time, heading back to the Romantic period and Franz Schubert's lieder, for which he developed a new type of piano accompaniment.

Sarah's artist of the week is one of the world's leading viola players, Tabea Zimmermann, whose playing is celebrated for its breadth, suppleness, and singing tone. These qualities are demonstrated throughout the week, in music ranging from 20th-century masterpieces that Zimmermann has championed, including the Viola Concerto by Bartok and the Viola Sonata by Rebecca Clarke, to more intimate works, such as an elegy by Glazunov, a suite for solo viola by Max Reger, and Berlioz's Harold in Italy - a lyrical meditation on Lord Byron's Childe Harold.

Suite in D major
Tabea Zimmermann (solo viola).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Artist of the week: Tabea Zimmermann

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Suite No.1 in G major, BWV1007: Courante

      Performer: Tabea Zimmermann.
  • My favourite...spanish dances

    • Manuel de Falla

      Dances from the Three-Cornered Hat

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
      • WARNER.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op.117 No.2

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • DECCA.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Novelettes, Op.15: No.5 All'Ungherese

    Ensemble: Vertavo Quartet.
    • SIMAX.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Sinfonia in D major, 'Il giorno onomastico'

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Chandos.
  • William Mathias

    Let the people praise thee, O Lord

    Performer: Jonathan Vaughn. Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Matthew Owens.
    • William Mathias: Choral Music: Wells Cathedral Choir/Matthew Owens.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Oliver Jeffers' Choice no.1

    • Georges Bizet

      Carmen, Act I: 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle'

      Singer: Maria Callas. Choir: Chœur René Duclos. Orchestra: Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
      • EMI.
  • Oliver Jeffers' Choice no.2

    • Maurice Ravel


      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Preludes, Book 1: No.4 Les Sons et les parfums tournent

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Philips.

    • Franz Schubert

      Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118

      Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
      • EMI.
    • Franz Schubert

      Erlkonig, D.328

      Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
      • EMI.
  • Béla Bartók


    Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Artist of the week: Tabea Zimmermann

    • Max Reger

      Suite in D major, Op.131d No.2

      Performer: Tabea Zimmermann.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Overture in C major, Op 115 (Name Day)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Beethoven: Symphony No.9: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/ Chailly.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Wales

The music played:

Dafydd y garreg wen [David of the White Rock]
Rachel Ann Morgan (mezzo-soprano/celtic harp)


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