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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Maggi Hambling

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: clausula; Artists of the Week: London Sinfonietta, featured performing music by Takemitsu.

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

Take part in our daily musical challenge:  identify a piece of music played backwards.

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: Medieval
Today Sarah's heading back to the Medieval period to look at a musical device called a clausula, a way of taking existing plainchant melodies and developing them further.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two interpretations of Debussy's Clair de lune, one for piano and the other for orchestra.

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.

Quotation of Dream - Say sea, take me!
Paul Crossley (piano)
Peter Serkin (piano)
London Sinfonietta
Oliver Knussen (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major HWV.349

    Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
  • Federico Mompou

    Paisajes: El Lago

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
  • William Walton

    Portsmouth Point

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • CHANDOS.
  • anon.

    Dum transisset Sabbatum

    Choir: Marian Consort. Conductor: Rory McCleery.
  • Cole Porter

    Kiss me Kate: Overture

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: John McGlinn.
    • EMI.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Caprice Fantastique

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: Jonathan Feldman.
    • DG.
    • 4634832.
    • 5.
  • William Cornysh

    Fa la sol (a3)

    Ensemble: Taverner Players. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • AVIE.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Saudades do Brasil, Op.67

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France.
    • WARNER.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hear My Prayer

    Performer: Silas Wollston. Singer: Andrea Cockerton. Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Richard Marlow.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise: Das Wirtshaus

    Performer: Christoph Eschenbach. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    2 Pieces For Piano 6 Hands

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Performer: Aleksandar Madžar.
    • Erato : 019029595469.
    • Erato.
    • 11.
  • anon.

    Mors (clausula)

    Choir: Musica Ficta.
    • NAXOS.
  • Léonin

    Non vos relinquam, Homo quo vigeas

    Choir: Musica Ficta. Director: Bo Holten.
    • NAXOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • Fur Elise, Piano Music by Beethoven, Chopin, etc.: Ashkenezy etc..
    • Decca.
    • 12.
  • Claude Debussy

    Suite Bergamasque - Clair de lune

    Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • NAXOS.
  • 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.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    Quotation of Dream - Say sea, take me!

    Performer: Paul Crossley. Performer: Peter Serkin. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta.
    • DG.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon and Gigue in D major

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • TELDEC.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D, Op.35

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    If music be the food of love

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Performer: Richard Campbell.
    • bis.
  • Alexander Campkin

    Counting by Numberless Fingers

    Performer: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Gregory Rose.
    • NMC.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music being played in reverse was Felix Mendelssohn's anthem, 'Hear my Prayer'. The solo soprano was Andrea Cockerton.


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