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Friday - Sarah Walker with Mariella Frostrup

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Bartok's Piano Concerto No 1; Artist of the Week: Harry Christophers, featured conducting Vivaldi's Gloria, RV589.

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 classical music?

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: Modern
Sarah heads back to the Modern period and discovers the increasing prominence of the percussion section of the orchestra in a 20th century work: Bartok's First Piano Concerto.

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' 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.

Gloria, RV589
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csik

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Masques et Bergamasques

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
    • Seattle Symphony.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV599

    Performer: David Theodor Schmidt. Music Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni.
    • PROFIL.
  • Julius Fucik

    Der alte Brummbär

    Performer: Jiri Formacek. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
  • William Lawes

    Royall Consort Suite no.1 in D minor

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm. Director: Laurence Dreyfus.
    • LINN.
  • Sir Hamilton Harty

    In Ireland

    Music Arranger: Catherine Beynon. Performer: Emily Beynon. Performer: Catherine Beynon.
    • METIER.
  • Georges Auric

    Suite from 'Moulin Rouge'

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Singer: Mary Carewe. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Mariella Frostrup's Choice No. 1

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Piano Sonata in E major, KK.380

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • DG.
  • Mariella Frostrup's Choice No. 2

    • Philip Glass

      Metamorphosis Five

      • SONY.
  • Mariella Frostrup's Choice No. 3

    • Henry Purcell

      Here the deities approve: 3. Welcome to all the pleasures, Z339

      Singer: Robin Blaze. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Director: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Dardanus (Act 5: Chaconne)

    Orchestra: European Union Baroque Orchestra. Director: Roy Goodman.
    • Rameau: Ballet Suites: European Union Baroque Orchestra/Goodman.
    • Naxos.
    • 24.
  • Music in time: Modern

    • Béla Bartók

      Piano Concerto No.1, Sz.83

      • TELDEC.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 4: III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto

    Orchestra: Berlin Phiharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Harry Christophers

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Gloria in D major, RV589

      Performer: The Sixteen. Orchestra: Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Variations on a theme from Silvana, Op 33

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Music Arranger: Rainer Schottstädt. Orchestra: Philharmonia Zürich. Conductor: Franz Welser‐Möst.
    • A Night at the Opera: Sabine Meyer.
    • EMI Classics.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Harry Christophers

    • Michael Tippett

      5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' arr. for chorus

      Ensemble: The Sixteen. Singer: Carys Lane. Singer: Sally Bruce-Payne. Singer: Neil MacKenzie. Singer: Robert Evans. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
      • a la Gloire de Dieu: The Sixteen.
      • Coro.
      • 6.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The answer is 'Moulin Rouge' (1952), which features Offenbach's famous Can-can from the opera 'Orpheus in the Underworld' in an arrangement by James Turner.


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