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Monday - Sarah Walker with Vivienne Parry

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Lute Music; Music in Time: Handel: Music for Royal Fireworks; Artist of the Week: flautist Aurele Nicolet, featured in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.

My favourite... lute music. Sarah shares a selection of her favourite pieces written for the lute, with works by Vivaldi, Dowland and Bach played by such celebrated lutenists as Jakob Lindberg, Christopher Wilson, Nigel North and Paul O'Dette.

Take part in today's musical challenge: which location is being depicted in this piece of music?

Sarah's guest is the science writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry. A scientist by training, Vivienne is best known for having presented the BBC television series Tomorrow's World, and for her Radio 4 programmes which include Just So Science, about the science behind the animals of the Just So stories, and the multi award winning series Am I Normal? Vivienne writes for newspapers including The Times and The Guardian, and is science editor of Good Housekeeping magazine. Her book, The Truth About Hormones, was nominated for the Aventis Science Prize. Throughout the week Vivienne talks to Sarah about her passion for communicating science, and shares her favourite pieces of classical music.

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: Baroque
Sarah places Music in Time as she looks at the way music moved away from modal harmony towards a fully-fledged diatonic system during the Baroque period, showing how the minuet from Handel's Music for Royal Fireworks is a fine example of this.

Sarah's artist of the week is the Swiss flautist Aurèle Nicolet. Nicolet, who died earlier this year, was considered one of the world's greatest flute players of the late twentieth century. Several composers, including Takemitsu and Ligeti, wrote music especially for him, while Nicolet's pupils include Emmanuel Pahud, Michael Faust and Thierry Fischer. Nicolet was principal flautist in the Berlin Philharmonic during the 1950s, but enjoyed a highly successful career as a soloist as well. Throughout the week Sarah explores his vast recording legacy, featuring Nicolet as soloist in concertos by Mozart, CPE Bach, Couperin and Moscheles, and as a chamber musician in Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola and harp.

Sinfonia Concertante, K.297b
Aurèle Nicolet (flute)
Heinz Holliger (oboe)
Hermann Baumann (horn)
Klaus Thunemann (bassoon)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: AurÈle Nicolet

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067: VI. Menuet

      Performer: Aurèle Nicolet. Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Richter.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in G major, Wq.183 No.4

    Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Richter.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in G flat major, Op.90 No.3

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • ONYX.
  • My favourite... lute music

    • John Dowland

      Lachrimae Pavan, P.15

      Performer: Nigel North.
      • NAXOS.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Snefrid Suite: Snefrid's sleep

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Carl Nielsen: Orchestral music: Danish National Symphony Orch/Dausgaard.
    • Dacapo.
  • Frederick Delius

    A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Myer Fredman.
    • LYRITA.
  • Percy Grainger

    The Lonely desert-man sees the tents of the happy tribes

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Choir: The Joyful Company of Singers. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Grainger Edition Vol.3: Works for Chorus & Orchestra: JCS, CLS, Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Josquin des Prez

    El grillo

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • EMI.
  • vivienne parry's choice No.1

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in C minor, Op 48 No 1

      Performer: Maria João Pires.
      • Nocturne in C Minor, op 48 no.1.
      • DG.
      • 03.
  • vivienne parry's choice No.2

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Samson & Delilah: "Mon Coeur s'ouvre a ta voix"

      Singer: Olga Borodina. Singer: José Cura. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • ERATO.
  • Edward Elgar

    La Capricieuse

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Chandos.

    • George Frideric Handel

      Music for the Royal Fireworks

      Orchestra: London Classical Players. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
      • VIRGIN.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Flourish with Fireworks

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DG.
  • Peter Warlock

    Capriol Suite: Pavane

    Ensemble: Equale Brass.
    • NIMBUS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: AurÈle Nicolet

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K.297b

      Performer: Aurèle Nicolet. Performer: Heinz Holliger. Performer: Hermann Baumann. Performer: Klaus Thunemann. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Albumblatter, Op.124: No.6 Wiegenliedchen

    Performer: Vladimir Feltsman.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade No.2 in A major, Op.16

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.

Mapping the Music

Answer: the desert

The music played:

The Desert Music: fifth movement 
Steve Reich and Musicians
Chorus and Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)


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