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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).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Lennox Berkeley

    4 Pieces for Guitar: No.4 Allegro energico

    Performer: Craig Ogden.
    • CHANDOS.
  • My favourite... lute music

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto for lute and strings in D major, RV 93

      Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Performer: Nils‐Erik Sparf. Performer: Tullo Galli. Ensemble: Drottningholms Barockensemble.
      • BIS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Berceuse in D flat major, Op.57

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • CBS.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Estonian Lullaby

    Choir: Girls' Choir Of Vilnius Choir-Singing School 'Liepaites'. Orchestra: Kremerata Baltica. Director: Gidon Kremer.
    • DG.
  • Max Reger

    Maria Wiegenlied, Op.76, No.52

    Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.
  • Eduard Tubin

    Kratt Suite: Introduction; Peasant Dance; Dance of the Goblin

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    Korsfarerne [The Crusaders], Part II: Chorus of the Spirits of Darkness

    Choir: Canzone Choir. Choir: Da Camera. Choir: Kor 72. Choir: Musikstuderendes Kammerkor Aarhus. Orchestra: Aarhus Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Frans Rasmussen.
    • BIS.
  • Percy Grainger

    Arrival Platform Humlet

    Performer: Bob Smissen.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Giselle, Act II: Entree de Loys

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA.
  • Julius Fucik

    Entry of the Gladiators

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Hubert Parry

    Martyrdom (Choral Preludes, Set 2)

    Performer: George Castle. Choir: Worcester Cathedral Choir. Director: Stephen Shellard. Singer: Ben Cooper.
    • Rise Heart, Romantic English choral works: Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir.
    • Regent.
  • Vivienne Parry's choice

    • Jean Sibelius

      Symphony No.2 in D major: III. Vivacissimo - IV. Finale

      Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
      • WARNER.
  • Fernand Laloux

    Tantum Ergo

    Choir: Jesus College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: Mark Williams.
    • SIGNUM.

    • John Bull

      The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: Galliard to the Quadran Pavan XXXIII

      Performer: Pieter-Jan Belder.
    • John Bull

      Ut re mi fa sol la

      Ensemble: Charivari Agréable.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Claude Debussy

    Symphony in B minor

    Orchestrator: Tony Finno. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • NAXOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: AurÈle Nicolet

    • François Couperin

      Nouveau Concert No.8 in G major

      Performer: Aurèle Nicolet. Performer: Christiane Nicolet. Performer: Heinz Holliger. Performer: Marie-Lise Schüpbach. Performer: Thomas Brandis. Performer: Chiara Banchini. Performer: Josef Ulsamer. Performer: Manfred Sax. Performer: Christiane Jaccottet.
      • ARCHIV.
  • William Hamilton Bird

    Airs of Hindustan - Tuppah: Toom ko sum shouta

    Performer: Jane Chapman.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.33 in B flat major, K.319

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: James Levine.
    • DG.
  • Gabriel Jackson

    Seven Advent Antiphons: O Adonai

    Choir: Truro Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Chris Gray.
    • Regent.
  • Philip Lane

    Wassail Dances

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony.
    • Naxos.
    • 11-13.

Mystery Place

Answer: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


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