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Monday - Sarah Walker with Maggi Hambling

With Sarah Walker. Including musical challenge; Music in Time: Beethoven; Artists of the Week: London Sinfonietta, featured performing Stravinsky's Histoire du soldat.

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: listen to the clues and identify a musical mystery object.

Sarah's guest this week is the artist Maggi Hambling. In a career spanning nearly 50 years Maggi has made her mark in a number of fields, including painting, portraiture and sculpture. Her best-known piece is Scallop, which stands on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk, and is dedicated to the town's most celebrated son, Benjamin Britten. Another of her sculptures, A Conversation with Oscar Wilde, was the first public monument dedicated to the playwright and novelist. Maggi's portraits include those of fellow artist Francis Bacon and blues singer George Melly and recently, she's produced a number of extremely visceral paintings of waves, the result of daily walks on the Suffolk coast. As well as discussing her life and work, Maggi shares some of her favourite classical music, including Purcell, Britten and the synaesthetic composer Deborah Pritchard.

Music in Time: Romantic
Sarah places Music in Time, heading back to the Romantic period and a late piano sonata by Beethoven that shows how he pushed the boundaries of both form and the piano itself.

Artist of the Week: London Sinfonietta
Imbued with a mission to perform the best contemporary classical music, develop new work and nurture new talent, the London Sinfonietta are one of the most vibrant and exciting ensembles in the UK, and arguably the world. Since their first concert in 1968 - the world premiere of John Tavener's The Whale - the Sinfonietta have commissioned more than 300 works and premiered hundreds more. This week Sarah explores some of their finest recordings with music by composers including Gorecki, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle and John Tavener.

Histoire du Soldat
London Sinfonietta
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Oliver Knussen

    2 Organa Op.27 (no.1)

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DG.
  • anon.

    Vetus abit lettera

    Choir: Tonus Peregrinus. Conductor: Antony Pitts.
    • NAXOS.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'arlesienne: Suite No.11

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Kazuki Yamada.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Virelai [Sus une fontayne]

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • NMC.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Prelude (Cantos de Espana Op.232)

    Performer: Catrin Finch.
  • Nino Rota

    Legend of the Glass Mountain (from The Glass Mountain)

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Richard Strauss

    Alphorn AV.29

    Singer: Christiane Karg. Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Performer: Felix Klieser.
    • Heimliche Aufforderung - Secret Invitation.
    • 5.
  • Anonymous

    My Lady Carey'S Dompe [c.1525]

    Conductor: Andrew Parrott. Ensemble: Taverner Players. Choir: Taverner Choir.
    • AVIE: AV2352.
    • Avie.
    • 4.
  • Maggi Hambling's choice No.1

    • Henry Purcell

      Come, ye sons of art, away, Z.323 (extract)

      Performer: Michael Chance. Performer: Timothy Wilson. Choir: The English Concert Choir. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
      • Archiv.
  • Maggi Hambling's choice No.2

    • Benjamin Britten

      Four Sea Interludes: The Storm

      Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
      • Britten: Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra; Bournemouth Symph, Hickox.
      • Chandos.
      • 37.
  • Maggi Hambling's choice No.3

    • Benjamin Britten

      War Requiem: Lacrimosa; Move him into the sun

      Singer: Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya. Singer: Peter Pears. Choir: Bach Choir. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
      • DECCA.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No.30 in E Op.109

      Performer: Rudolf Buchbinder.
      • TELDEC.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Violin Sonata no.2 in D major

    Ensemble: Les Dominos.
  • Artist of the Week: The London Sinfonietta

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Histoire du Soldat

      Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
      • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Imromptu No.1 in F minor D.935

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • ECM.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Silbury Air

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta.
    • NMC.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (Gigue)

    Performer: Steven Isserlis.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Object

The Mystery Object being described was an alphorn, or alpenhorn.


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