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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Vivienne Parry

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Lute Music; Music in Time: Coates: Calling All Workers; Artist of the Week: flautist Aurele Nicolet, featured in CPE Bach's Flute Concerto No 3.

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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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 last 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: Modern
Sarah places Music in Time as she examines how light music was used to boost morale during the war, including one of the most iconic examples of this genre: Calling All Workers by Eric Coates.

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.

CPE Bach
Flute Concerto No. 3 in A, Wq.168
Aurèle Nicolet (flute)
Natherlands Chamber Orchestra
David Zinman (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Aida, Act II: Danza di piccolo schiavi mori

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Downes.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Georges Bizet

    Petite Suite 'Jeux d'enfants'

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Bizet: Symphony in C etc.: Concertgebouw Orchestra/Haitink.
    • Philips.
    • 5.
  • My Favourite...lute music

    • Francesco Spinacino

      Rececar; Jay pris amours (duet)

      Performer: Christopher Wilson. Performer: Shirley Rumsey.
      • NAXOS.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6 No.9

    Ensemble: Ensemble 415. Director: Chiara Banchini. Director: Jesper Christensen.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Intermezzo

    Performer: Alexandra Dariescu. Music Arranger: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella Op.87: Act II Dances 1-6

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

    Music Arranger: Jan Sandström. Choir: VOCES8.
    • DECCA.
  • Hugo Alfvén

    Bergakungen [The Mountain King] Suite, Op.37: Herdmaiden's Dance

    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Muzio Clementi

    12 Monferrinas for piano (Op.49), no.5 in A major;

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Clementi: Capriccios & Variations: Shelley.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Vivienne Parry's choice no.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion: 'Wir setzen und mit Tranen nieder'

      Ensemble: Collegium Vocale Gent. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Vivienne Parry's choice no.2

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Requiem: Libera me

      Singer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Paul von Westhoff

    Concerto in A Major, 'La Guerra': La Guerra Cosí Nominata Di Sua Maestà

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Ensemble: Soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 22.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Eric Coates

      Calling All Workers

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Reginald Kilbey.
      • CONIFER.
    • William Alwyn

      The Way Ahead: March

      Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
      • Chandos.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Melee Fantasque

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • NAXOS.
  • Artist of the Week: Aurèle Nicolet

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      Flute Concerto No.3 in A major, Wq.168

      Performer: Aurèle Nicolet. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: David Zinman.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter. Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • WARNER.

By Association

Answer: Michael Praetorius and Jan Sandström

The music played:

Praetorius (arr. Sandström)
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen


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