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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Oliver Jeffers

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Spanish Dances; Music in Time: the chalumeau; Artist of the Week: viola player Tabea Zimmermann, featured in Bartok's Viola Concerto.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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: Baroque
Sarah place Music in Time, going back to the Baroque period to discover the chalumeau, the forerunner of the clarinet.

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.

Viola Concerto
Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
David Shallon (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Adriaan Willaert

    Vecchie letrose

    Ensemble: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.

    • Moritz Moszkowski

      Spanish Dances Op.12, Nos. 1-3

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta.
      • DECCA.
  • Ambrogio Sparagna

    Sogna flore mio [Dream my flower]

    Singer: Lucilla Galeazzi. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • ALPHA.
  • Gustav Holst

    St Paul's Suite

    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Lasst mich allein: no.1 from 4 Lieder, Op.82

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Anna Polonsky. Music Arranger: John Lenehan.
    • Alisa Weilerstein Dvorak.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Acis & Galatea: Sinfonia & opening chorus 'Oh, the pleasure of the plains!'

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort and Players. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Spartacus)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov.
    • EMI.

    • Pietro Mascagni

      Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

      Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni.
      • DECCA.

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No.6 in F major, 'Pastoral': I. Allegro ma non troppo

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
      • LSO LIVE.

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      Concerto in F major, TWV43:F2

      Performer: Lorenzo Coppola. Performer: Tindaro Capuano. Ensemble: La Stagione Frankfurt. Conductor: Michael Schneider.
      • CPO.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata (Kk.11) in C minor arr. for accordian

    Performer: Mie Miki.
    • S'il vous plaît: Mie Miki.
    • Bis.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasia in C minor, K 475

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Philips.
    • 7.

    • Béla Bartók

      Viola Concerto

      Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Shallon.
      • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata for flute and basso continuo in E major, BWV1035

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Performer: Jonathan Manson.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 93 in D major

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • NAÏVE.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)


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