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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Mariella Frostrup

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Haydn: Symphony No 103; Artist of the Week: Harry Christophers, featured conducting music by Tomkins and Tallis.

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

Sarah's guest this week is the columnist, arts broadcaster and campaigner, Mariella Frostrup. Mariella is the host of Radio 4's Open Book, a programme which celebrates new writing as well as unearthing lost classics. She also presents the series Bringing Up Britain, a discussion about modern-day parenting, and writes a weekly agony aunt column in The Observer magazine. Throughout the week, Mariella reflects on her life and work and shares some of her favourite classical music with Sarah, including pieces by Scarlatti, Philip Glass and Handel.

Music in Time: Classical
Sarah places Music in Time. Today, the spotlight is on the Classical period and the slow introductions that Haydn used to begin his mature Paris and London symphonies - focusing particularly on No.103 in E flat major, the 'Drum Roll', whose slow opening music Haydn elaborated in a remarkable new way.

Artist of the Week: Harry Christophers
Sarah's artist of the week is the conductor Harry Christophers. Best known as the founder and conductor of The Sixteen, Christophers is also Artistic Director of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society and Principal Guest Conductor of the Granada Symphony Orchestra. Christophers developed The Sixteen from an unnamed group of 16 singers and friends in 1977 into one of the most famous and highly respected chamber choirs in the world. Under his leadership the choir has become well known for balancing individual brilliance with sensitive ensemble, qualities which has allowed it to succeed in a wide range of music. Together the choir and Christophers have made definitive recordings of Handel oratorios, Purcell operas and Renaissance choral music, including Palestrina and music from the Eton Choirbook, as well as Lotti's Crucifixus, and Tallis's Spem in Alium, both of which we hear this week. Christophers has also made his mark with performances of contemporary music, by John Tavener and Frank Martin.

Be Strong and of Good Courage
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)

Spem in Alium (English version: Sing and Glorify Heaven's High Majesty)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Papillon, Op 77

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Cécile Licad.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in D major, H.15.8

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Percy Grainger

    Early One Morning

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.10 (after vocal music by J.S. Bach)

    Music Arranger: Bruce Haynes. Orchestra: Montreal Baroque. Director: Eric Milnes.
    • ATMA.
  • Max Richter

    On the Nature of Daylight

    Performer: Louisa Fuller. Performer: John Metcalfe. Performer: Philip Sheppard. Performer: Chris Worsey.
    • FAT CAT.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Helios Overture, Op.17

    Orchestra: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Caprice No.2 in B minor

    Performer: Julia Fischer.
    • Decca.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Caprice No.10 in G minor

    Performer: Julia Fischer.
    • Decca.
  • Mariella Frostrup's Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No.1 in G major

      Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras.
  • Percy Grainger

    Handel in the Strand

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Grainger: Solo Piano Music: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • music in time: classical

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.103 'Drum Roll'

      Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Artist of the week: Harry Christophers

    • Thomas Tallis

      Sing and Glorify Heaven's High Majesty (Spem in Alium in English)

      Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • artist of the week: harry christophers

    • Thomas Tomkins

      Be Strong and of Good Courage

      Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • Robert Schumann

    Carnaval, Op.9

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Battalia for strings and continuo

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • Biber: Sacro-Profanum.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The work played was a movement from Schumann's Carnaval suite titled 'Paganini' - the two associated composers were therefore Schumann and Paganini.


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