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Monday - Sarah Walker with Beeban Kidron

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Medieval; Artist of the Week: pianist Steven Osborne, featured playing Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 29 'Hammerklavier'.

Sarah sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in today's musical challenge: identify a piece of music played in reverse.

Sarah's guest this week is the film director Beeban Kidron. Beeban came to prominence in 1989 with the BAFTA award-winning TV adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and since then she's directed television dramas, documentaries and feature films including Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. In 2006 Beeban founded the charity Filmclub, an organisation which sets up after-school film clubs in schools in England and Wales and in 2012 she was made a life peer. As well as discussing her life and career, Beeban shares some her favourite classical music, from Puccini and Mozart to Messiaen.

Music in Time: Medieval
Travelling back to the fourteenth century, Sarah explores a selection of Medieval Scottish hymns written in praise of St Columba, and featuring an ancient instrument that was popular at this time: the triple pipes.

Artist of the Week
Sarah's Artist of the Week is the Scottish pianist Steven Osborne. A fervent champion of 20th-century music, Osborne so impressed Messiaen's widow with a performance of Trois Petites Liturgies that she invited him to Paris to study Messiaen's larger piano works, and his recording of the epic piano cycle Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus is among the finest accounts on disc. He has also recorded the complete piano works of Tippett, including the colourful and somewhat neglected Piano Concerto. As a chamber musician, Osborne had worked with some of the world's leading musicians, and this week Sarah features him in Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 2 (with Alina Ibragimova) and Schubert's Variations on an Original Theme, D813 (with Paul Lewis), as well as Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Piano Sonata.

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'
Steven Osborne (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Artist of the Week: Steven Osborne

    • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

      24 Preludes in Jazz Style Op.53: No.17

      Performer: Steven Osborne.
      • HYPERION.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris vers. for orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: André Previn.
    • Previn plays Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, London Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    I was Glad

    Performer: Harry Bicket. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Director: Simon Preston.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Hymn of St Columba

    Performer: James OʼDonnell. Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Hyperion.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Il Signor Bruschino: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • EMI.
  • Charles Avison

    Trio Sonata in G major, Op.5 No.1

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals)

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Dudley Moore. Performer: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • RCA.
  • Beeban Kidron's Choice No. 1

    • anon.

      Pange lingua gloriosi

      Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Beeban Kidron's Choice No. 2

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Jazz Suite No 2: Waltz 2

      Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
      • DECCA.
  • Beeban Kidron's Choice No. 3

    • Olivier Messiaen

      Quartet for the End of Time: 2. Vocalise pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps

      Performer: Huguette Fernandez. Performer: Guy Deplus. Performer: Jacques Nielz. Performer: Marie-Madeleine Petit.
      • WARNER.
  • Thomas Weelkes

    O care thou wilt dispatch mee

    Music Arranger: Mark Kroll. Ensemble: Canadian Brass.
    • Canadian Brass: English Renaissance Music.
    • CBS.
  • Music in Time: Medieval

    • Anon. c.1340

      Os mutorum, lux cecorum (Office of St Columba)

      Performer: Barnaby Brown. Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Conductor: Geoffrey Webber.
      • DELPHIAN.
  • Anon. c.1340

    Sanctorum piisime Columba (Office of St Columba)

    Performer: Barnaby Brown. Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Conductor: Geoffrey Webber.
  • Anon. c.1340

    Carne solutus pater Columba (Antiphon with Psalm 100)

    Performer: Barnaby Brown. Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Conductor: Geoffrey Webber.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Mouth of the Dumb (Os mutorum)

    Performer: Lucy Wakeford. Singer: Andrew Swait. Singer: Samantha Harris.
    • NMC.
  • Anton Webern

    Im Sommerwind

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • Eugene Ormandy - Brahms R. Strauss Webern Kabalevsky Rachmaninov Sibelius.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Artist of the Week: Steven Osborne

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'

      Performer: Steven Osborne.
      • HYPERION.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat major, K 417

    Performer: Anthony Halstead. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Mozart: The Horn Concertos - Halstead, The Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Decca.
    • 4.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece played in reverse was 'The Swan' from 'Carnival of the Animals' by Saint Saens.


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