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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Oliver Jeffers

With Sarah Walker. Includes My Favourite Spanish Dances; Music in Time: Janacek: Mladi; Artist of the Week: viola player Tabea Zimmermann, featured in Berlioz's Harold in Italy.

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 today's musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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: Modern
Sarah places Music in Time. Today it's the turn of the Modern period, and Leos Janacek's use of folk rhythms in his wind sextet, Mladi (Youth).

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.

Harold in Italy
Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
London Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bedrich Smetana

    March of the Prague Student Legion

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Quintet in E flat major, K.407

    Performer: Marie Luise Neunecker. Ensemble: Mannheim String Quartet.
    • NOVALIS.
  • My favourite...spanish dances

    • Enrique Granados

      Spanish Dances, Op.37: No.2 Oriental

      Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
      • RCA.
    • Enrique Granados

      Andaluza (Spanish Dances, Set 2)

      Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
      • RCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No 40 in E flat major, H XVI 25

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Frederick Delius

    American Rhapsody

    Performer: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • NAXOS.
  • Oliver Jeffers' Choice no.1

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      The Four Seasons Recomposed: Spring 3

      Composer: Max Richter. Performer: Daniel Hope. Orchestra: Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin. Conductor: André de Ridder.
      • DG.
  • Oliver Jeffers' Choice no.2

    • Bedrich Smetana

      Ma Vlast: Vltava

      Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Six Characteristic Pieces, Op.1: No.6 In Desperation

    Performer: Jan Novotný.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Modern

    • Leos Janáček


      Ensemble: Oslo Philharmonic Wind Soloists.
      • NAXOS.
  • Charles Dibdin

    Tom Bowling

    Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Roderick Williams. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • Naxos.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Linden Lea

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • Vaughan Williams: The English Song Series 14: Williams/Burnside.
    • Naxos.
    • 16.
  • Artist of the week: Tabea Zimmermann

    • Hector Berlioz

      Harold in Italy

      Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • LSO LIVE.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

    Performer: Maurice André. Ensemble: Liszt Ferenc Kamarazenekar. Director: János Rolla.
    • EMI.

By Association

Answer: Frederick Delius and Eric Fenby

The music played:

Delius (arr. Fenby)
Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Beecham (conductor)


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