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Friday - Sarah Walker with Vivienne Parry

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Lute Music; Artist of the Week: flautist Aurele Nicolet, featured in Moscheles's Concertante in F for flute, oboe and orchestra.

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: name a piece of music used in a film or TV programme.

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.

Music in Time: Classical
Sarah places Music in Time, putting the spotlight on the Classical period, showing how composers had to respond to the requirements of princely patrons. She plays a chamber piece by Haydn that features a now defunct instrument popular during this period: the Baryton.

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.

Concertante in F for flute, oboe and orchestra
Aurèle Nicolet (flute)
Heinz Holliger (oboe)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Eliahu Inbal (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arthur Honegger

    Petite Suite

    Performer: Aurèle Nicolet. Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Naoko Yoshino.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Georges Auric

    The Titfield Thunderbolt Suite

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • My Favourite...lute music

    • Trad.


      Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Performer: Paul O’Dette.
      • BIS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Overture in E major

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Suite for piano (Op.45), Poco moderato

    Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • Carl Nielsen: Complete piano music: Martin Roscoe.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • Giovanni Antonio Rigatti

    Dixit Dominus

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Howard Goodall

    The Lord is my shepherd

    Performer: Robert Quinney. Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • A New Heaven, The Sixteen.
    • UCJ.
    • 8.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Il Mondo della Luna (Overture)

    Orchestra: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Serenata al alba del dia for flute and guitar, Andante moderato

    Performer: Judith Hall. Performer: Walker, Tim.
    • Habanera! Judith Hall (flute) & Tim Walker (Guitar).
    • Collins Classics.
    • 8.
  • Vivienne Parry's Choice no.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047

      Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Vivienne Parry's Choice no.2

    • Edvard Grieg

      Varen [Last Spring]

      Choir: Norwegian Soloists Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
      • BIS.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Joseph Haydn

      Baryton Trio No.3 in A major, Hob XI:3

      Ensemble: Esterhazy Trio.
      • BRILLIANT.
  • Leos Janáček

    The Fiddler's Child

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Tielman Susato

    Branle quatre branles; Ronde and Salterelle; Ronde mon amy

    Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London. Director: David Munrow.
  • Artist of the Week: Aurèle Nicolet

    • Ignaz Moscheles

      Concertante in F major for flute, oboe and orchestra

      Performer: Aurèle Nicolet. Performer: Heinz Holliger. Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Eliahu Inbal.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Ave Maria

    Singer: Hervé Lamy. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Choir: La Chapelle Royale. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Ferruccio Busoni

    Sonatina No.6, 'Kammerfantasie Super Carmen'

    Performer: Geoffrey Tozer.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

    Serenade for Strings, Op. 48

    Conductor: Charles Munch. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra.
    • Charles Munch: Late Romantic Masterpieces.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 5-8.

Heard on Screen

Answer: Mr Bean

The music played:

Howard Goodall 
Ecce Homo qui est faba
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral
Stephen Darlington (conductor)


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