Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Vivienne Parry
With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Lute Music; Music in Time: John Bull: Fitzwilliam Virginal book; Artist of the Week: flautist Aurele Nicolet, featured playing music by Couperin.
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: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical place.
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 penultimate 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, charting the evolution of virtuosic keyboard technique with a piece by John Bull from the Fitzwilliam Virginal book.
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.
Nouveau Concert No. 8 in G major ("Dans le goût théatral")
Aurèle Nicolet (flute)
Christiane Nicolet (flute)
Heinz Holliger (oboe)
Marie-Lise Schüpbach (oboe)
Thomas Brandis (violin)
Chiara Banchini (violin)
Josef Ulsamer (viola da gamba)
Manfred Sax (bassoon)
Christiane Jaccottet (harpsichord).