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Monday - Sarah Walker with Clare Balding

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Beecham Lollipops; Music in Time: William Cornysh and Jean Mouton; Artists of the Week: Academy of Ancient Music, featured in Arne's Overture No 1.

My favourite... 'Beecham lollipops'. This week Sarah shares a selection of orchestral encores favoured by the acclaimed British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Beecham was a larger-than-life character whose musical gifts were matched by his acerbic wit and legendary anecdotes. Sarah chooses favourite lollipops including pieces by Chabrier, Delius, Sibelius, Grieg and Saint-Saëns.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

Sarah's guest this week is the broadcaster and writer Clare Balding. Clare is best known for her expert coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She was the lead presenter in Rio this summer, and won the BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Clare began broadcasting on radio in 1994 and became the main presenter of horse racing on BBC TV four years later. Since then her remit has broadened to cover almost every sport, from cricket and tennis to rugby and football. She is also the host of walking series Ramblings on Radio 4, and presents Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2, as well as having her own sports chat show, The Clare Balding Show. A bestselling author, Clare's autobiography My Animals and Other Family received critical and popular acclaim, and she has recently published her first children's book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop. Clare shares some of her favourite classical music with Sarah throughout the week, including Caliban's Dream featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie, which was written for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, Mozart's A Musical Joke, which Clare remembers as the soundtrack to the BBC showjumping coverage, and her favourite carol, In The Bleak Midwinter.

Music in Time: Renaissance
Sarah places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Renaissance era and an extraordinary royal summit meeting that took place in June 1520 between Henry VIII of England and François I of France, on a site near Calais that became known as The Field of Cloth of Gold. No such ostentatious display of power and wealth would have been complete without music from the finest English and French composers of the period - foremost among them William Cornysh and Jean Mouton.

Sarah's artists of the week are the trailblazing Academy of Ancient Music, founded in 1973 by Christopher Hogwood, whose rare combination of scholarship, musicianship and instrumental virtuosity shaped the orchestra's character from the start. Sarah's choices include the Academy's first recording, a disc of overtures by English composer Thomas Arne; both of their versions of Handel's Messiah, from 1980 and 2009; Mozart and Haydn's final symphonies; Schubert's 'Trout' Quintet, courtesy of The Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble and fortepianist Steven Lubin; and John Tavener's Eternity's Sunrise, written for the Academy with soprano Patricia Rozario in 1997.

Overture No. 1 in E minor
The Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

John Tavener
Eternity's Sunrise
Patricia Rozario (soprano)
The Academy of Ancient Music
Paul Goodwin (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Henry VIII of England

    Pastyme with good companye

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Ensemble: Forbury Consort. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Joyeuse Marche

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    I love the Lord

    Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Director: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • DEO.
    • Signum.
    • 1.
  • Johann Georg Pisendel

    Violin Concerto in D major

    Performer: Petra Müllejans. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Director: Gottfried von der Goltz.
    • CARUS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Eight Instrumental Miniatures

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations in C minor, WoO 80

    Performer: Olli Mustonen.
    • Beethoven: Piano Variations: Olli Mustonen.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio, Part 2: Sinfonia

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Keith Mansfield


    Orchestra: Sound Stage Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Ola Gjeilo

    Ubi Caritas

    Performer: Ola Gjeilo. Choir: VOCES8.
    • DECCA.
  • Underworld

    Caliban's Dream (excerpt)

    Performer: Evelyn Glennie. Ensemble: Underworld.
  • Jean Mouton

    Nesciens Mater

    Choir: The Brabant Ensemble. Director: Stephen Rice.
  • William Cornysh

    Fa la sol

    Ensemble: Taverner Players. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • AVIE.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo in A major for violin and string orchestra

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Emil Tchakarov.
    • DG.
  • Thomas Arne

    Overture No 1 in E minor

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Arne: 8 Overtures, The Academy of Ancient Music.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 2.
  • John Tavener

    Eternity's Sunrise

    Singer: Patricia Rozario. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Paul Goodwin.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    2 Nocturnes for piano (Op.55), no.2 in E flat major;

    Performer: Claudio Arrau.
    • Chopin: The Nocturnes: Claudio Arrau.
    • Philips.
    • 5.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.3 in C major

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO LIVE.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

J.S. Bach
Christmas Oratorio, Part 2: Sinfonia
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Stephen Layton (conductor)


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