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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Oliver Jeffers

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Spanish Dances; Music in Time: the lai; Artist of the Week: viola player Tabea Zimmermann, featured in Sitt's Albumblatter and Glazunov's Elegy.

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 remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

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: Medieval
Sarah places Music in Time. She heads back to the Medieval period to explore the lai, a lyrical poem, often on the theme of love or romance, and popular with the trouvère poet-musicians of Northern France and the German minnesingers.

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.

Albumblatter, Op.39
Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
Thomas Hoppe (piano)

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
Thomas Hoppe (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Albumblatter, Op.124: No.6 Wiegenliedchen

    Performer: Vladimir Feltsman.
    • NIMBUS.
  • John Stainer

    I saw the Lord

    Performer: Andrew Lucas. Choir: St Paul's Cathedral Choir. Conductor: John Scott.
  • My favourite...spanish dances

    • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

      Spanish Overture No 1

      Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
      • Regis.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Andante and Scherzo

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in F major, Op.10 No.2

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Take a pair of sparkling eyes (The Gondoliers)

    Singer: Richard Lewis. Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • EMI.
  • Oliver Jeffers' Choice

    • Richard Wagner

      Tannhäuser (Overture)

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
      • Teldec.
  • Charles Avison

    Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.10 No.6

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble. Performer: Pavlo Beznosiuk.
    • The Avison Ensemble: Avison: Concerti Grossi, op. 9 & op. 10.
    • Divine Art.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Medieval

    • Guillaume de Machaut

      Le Lay de la fonteinne (excerpt)

      Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Singer: Paul Elliot. Singer: Andrew King.
      • L'OISEAU-LYRE.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Le boeuf sur le toit

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Artist of the week: Tabea Zimmermann

    • Hans Sitt

      Six Album Leaves, Op.39

      Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Performer: Thomas Hoppe.
      • MYRIOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fugue in G major 'A la gigue', BWV 577

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
    • HMV Classics.
    • 4.
  • Artist of the week: Tabea Zimmermann

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat major, K.493

      Performer: Christian Zacharias. Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann. Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Performer: Tilmann Wick.
      • EMI.

Heard on Screen

Answer: Topsy-Turvy (1999 film)

The music played:

Ruddigore: Overture
The Pro Arte Orchestra 
Malcolm Sargent (conductor)


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