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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Beeban Kidron

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: German lieder; Artist of the Week: pianist Steven Osborne, featured in Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No 2.

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: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of music?

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: Romantic
Sarah turns her attention to the Romantic era, and the rise in popularity and quality of the German Lied. It was Schubert who really put this type of art song on the musical map, paving the way for successors such as Schumann, Brahms and Wolf.

Followed by:
Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of one of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances.

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.

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major
Alina Ibragimova (violin)
Steven Osborne (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert


    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Norwegian Rhapsody No 3

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Johan Svendsen: Orchestral works vol.2: Bergen Philharmonic/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Prelude & Fugue in F major, BuxWV145

    Performer: Helmut Walcha.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV54

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Orchestra: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Jazz Pizzicato

    Orchestra: The London Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • MERCURY.
  • Franz Liszt


    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Pieces for Piano, Op.118 No.3 in G minor

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Clara Schumann

    Romance No 3 in B flat major, Op 22

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • Lisa Batiashvili plays Brahms & C. Schumann.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6.
  • Beeban Kidron's CHoice no.1

    • Giacomo Puccini

      La Fanciulla del West: Act 3, 'Risparmiate lo scherno... Ch'ella mi creda'

      Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Sherrill Milnes. Singer: Kim Josephson. Choir: Metropolitan Opera Chorus. Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
      • SONY.
  • Beeban Kidron's CHoice no.2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op.120: variations 31-33

      Performer: Maria Yudina.
      • PHILIPS.

    • Franz Schubert

      Du bist die Ruh'; An die Musik

      Performer: Helmut Deutsch. Singer: Matthias Goerne.

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op.72 No.2

      Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
      • DECCA.
    • Antonín Dvořák

      Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op.72 No.2

      Performer: Midori. Performer: Robert McDonald.
      • SONY.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in D for 3 Trumpets, 2 oboes, strings and continuo

    Performer: John Wallace. Ensemble: English String Orchestra. Conductor: William Boughton.
    • Telemann: Trumpet Concertos.
    • Nimbus.
    • 2.

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Violin Sonata No 2 in D major

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

    Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • LINN.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Drommarna [Dreams]

    Choir: Accentus Chamber Choir. Conductor: Eric Ericson.
    • NAIVE.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The music played was the second piece from Brahms's piano pieces Op.118, which were dedicated to Clara Schumann. The two composers were therefore Brahms and Schumann.


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