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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Lynne Truss

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Rameau Dance Music; Music in Time: Tromboncino's frottolas; Artist of the Week: pianist Moura Lympany, featured performing music by Falla.

9am
My favourite... Rameau dance music. Sarah puts on her dancing shoes as she shares a selection of her favourite dances from French baroque composer Rameau's most celebrated operas and ballets, including Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Indes Galantes, Dardanus and Zais.

9.30am
Take part in today's musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical object.

10am
Sarah's guest is the writer and broadcaster Lynne Truss. Best known as the author of the hugely successful punctuation bible Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Lynne started her career as a literary editor, then critic and columnist. She has written extensively for radio, with her work including dramas, comedy series, adaptations and short series, and is a familiar voice on Radio 4, often presenting and contributing to radio discussions. Lynne has also written novels including Going Loco; Tennyson's Gift; With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed and Cat Out of Hell. Lynne talks about her new novel, The Lunar Cats, and shares her favourite pieces of classical music throughout the week, including works by Beethoven, Donizetti and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

10.30am
Power of Three - the next episode in a 70-part daily series of pioneering sounds from the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3 archives presented by David Hendy.

Followed by Music in Time

Music in Time: Renaissance
Sarah places Music in Time as she investigates the 'frottola', an Italian comic or amorous song, popular in the 15th and 16th centuries and an important precursor to the madrigal. Sarah hunts out several frottolas from one of the best-known exponents of the form, the Italian Renaissance composer Bartolomeo Tromboncino.

11am
Sarah's artist of the week is the pianist Moura Lympany. After auditioning for the conductor Basil Cameron, Lympany made her concert debut with him at Harrogate in 1929, aged just twelve, playing Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto. Several years later, she came second to Emil Gilels in the Ysaÿe Piano Competition in Brussels, and by the Second World War she had become one of the UK's most popular pianists. Her repertoire focuses mainly on music of the Romantic period and the 20th century, and throughout the week we'll hear her in recordings of piano concertos by Liszt (No. 2), Rachmaninov (No. 1) and Mendelssohn (No. 1), as well as Chopin's 24 Preludes and Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

Falla
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Moura Lympany (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Malcolm Sargent (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Fantasia para un Gentilhombre: Danza de las Hachas

    Performer: Julian Bream. Orchestra: RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Leo Brouwer.
    • SONY.
  • MY FAVOURITE... RAMEAU DANCE MUSIC

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Castor et Pollux: Menuet I - Tambourin

      Orchestra: L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Director: Michi Gaigg.
      • PHOENIX EDITION.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Castor et Pollux: Act V Gigue

    Orchestra: L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Director: Michi Gaigg.
    • PHOENIX EDITION.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Castor et Pollux: Air des Demons II

    Orchestra: L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Director: Michi Gaigg.
    • PHOENIX EDITION.
  • Jean Françaix

    Sonatine

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Tom Poster.
    • WARNER.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations on Handel's 'See the conqu'ring hero comes'

    Performer: Maurice Gendron. Performer: Jean Françaix.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Jan Sandström

    Song to the Mountain Wind

    Singer: Erik Astedt. Choir: Allmänna Sången. Conductor: Cecilia Rydinger Alin.
    • BIS.
  • Samuel Scheidt

    Canzon Cornetto a 4

    Ensemble: Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet.
    • CHANNEL.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Homage March (Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite)

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sibelius: Finlandia; Valse Triste; Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar; Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Ockeghem

    Requiem: Kyrie

    Choir: Ars Nova Copenhagen. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • DACAPO.
  • LYNNE TRUSS' CHOICE NO.1

    • George Frideric Handel

      Va tacito (Giulio Cesare)

      Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
      • Handel: Ombra mai fu: Andreas Scholl, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • 10.
  • LYNNE TRUSS' CHOICE NO.2

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Song to the Moon (Rusalka)

      Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
      • Renee Fleming: By Request.
      • Decca.
      • 9.
  • LYNNE TRUSS' CHOICE NO.3

    • Gaetano Donizetti

      Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore)

      Singer: Joseph Calleja. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Carlo Rizzi.
      • DECCA.
  • Lennox Berkeley

    4 Pieces for Guitar: No.4 Allegro energico

    Performer: Craig Ogden.
    • CHANDOS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE

    • Bartolomeo Tromboncino

      Aspicias utinam (frottola a 4)

      Singer: Clare Wilkinson. Ensemble: Musica Antiqua of London. Director: Philip Thorby.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Bartolomeo Tromboncino

    Tanto mi trovo (frottola a 4)

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua of London. Director: Philip Thorby.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata pian' e forte

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Director: Peter Bassano.
    • ASV.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 6 No 7

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • LINN.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MOURA LYMPANY

    • Manuel de Falla

      Nights in the Gardens of Spain

      Performer: Dame Moura Lympany. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
      • IVORY CLASSICS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Quartet No.1 in C minor

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • ALPHA.

Mystery Object

Answer: a music stand

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