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Friday - Sarah Walker with Oliver Jeffers

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Spanish Dances; Music in Time: Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna; Artist of the Week: Tabea Zimmermann, featured in Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata.

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: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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: Renaissance
Sarah places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Renaissance and Monteverdi's ground-breaking Lamento d'Arianna, which revolutionised the way composers set words to music.

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 Sonata
Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
Kirill Gerstein (piano).

3 hours

Music Played


    • Maurice Ravel

      Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs)

      Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
      • EMI.
  • Gottfried August Homilius

    Sonata for oboe and continuo

    Performer: Jane Downer. Performer: Peter Hagen. Ensemble: Austral Harmony.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Euryanthe (Overture)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Kaija Saariaho


    Choir: Norwegian Soloists Choir. Orchestra: Oslo Sinfonietta. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A minor for recorder, two violins and continuo, RV108

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • TELDEC.
  • Franz Schubert

    Four Impromptus, D.935: No.1 in F minor

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • DECCA.
  • William Walton

    Henry V (Overture)

    Music Arranger: Muir Mathieson. Conductor: Andrew Litton. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
    • Walton: Belshazzar's Feast etc: Terfel/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Litton.
    • London.
    • 11.
  • William Walton

    Touch her soft lips, and part (Henry V Suite)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • DECCA.

    • Arvo Pärt

      Spiegel im Spiegel

      Performer: Benjamin Hudson. Performer: Jürgen Kruse.
      • BRILLIANT.
    • Benjamin Britten

      Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a: I. Dawn

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
      • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Divertimento concertante for Double Bass and Orchestra (4th mvt)

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Performer: Reiner Wehle. Performer: Diethelm Jonas. Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Performer: Dag Jensen. Performer: Georg Klütsch. Performer: Klaus Lohrer. Performer: Bruno Schneider. Performer: Niklaus Frisch. Ensemble: Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer.
    • Beethoven: Octet etc.: Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 9.

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Lamento d'Arianna

      Singer: Montserrat Figueras. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
      • ALIA VOX.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Valse lyrique, Op 96a

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Sibelius: Violin concerto, Karelia Suite, The Swan of Tuonela and other works.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 8.
  • Zoltán Kodály


    Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Performer: Thomas Hoppe.
    • MYRIOS.
  • Edward Elgar

    They are at rest

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Director: Graham Ross.

    • Rebecca Clarke

      Sonata for viola and piano

      Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Performer: Kirill Gerstein.
  • John Tavener

    Eternity's Sunrise

    Singer: Patricia Rozario. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Paul Goodwin.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major, K 495

    Performer: Alessio Allegrini. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mozart: Horn Concertos: Allegrini/Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 9.

Mystery Object

Answer: a string mute


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