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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Maggi Hambling

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Hummel; Artists of the Week: London Sinfonietta, featured playing a suite from Weill's The Threepenny Opera.

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. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

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: Classical
Today Sarah is in the classical period discovering how technical developments for the trumpet were brilliantly exploited by Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of a very famous madrigal, Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini.

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.

Suite for wind orchestra from 'The Threepenny Opera'
London Sinfonietta
David Atherton (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Giulio Caccini

    Euridice - Sinfonia 1:18

    Orchestra: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • NAIVE.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Armide: Act V, Chaconne; Gracieux

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Tárrega arr Ruggiero Ricci

    Recuerdos de la Alhambra

    Performer: Sebastien See-Schierenberg.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    The Magic Opal Suite

    Orchestrator: Joan Trayter. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • CHANDOS.
  • anon.

    Llibre Vermell de Montserrat: Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
  • Michael Haydn

    Symphony No.41 in A P.33

    Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss. Conductor: Johannes Goritzki.
    • CPO.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    O Taste and See

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Conductor: John Rutter. Singer: Mary Seers.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    O Vos Omnes

    Choir: The Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
  • Maggi Hambling's choice No.1

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in E flat major, Op.127: I. Maestoso - Allegro

      Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
      • DECCA.
  • Maggi Hambling's choice No.2

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Violin Sonata, Op.134: II. Allegretto

      Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
  • Henry Purcell

    Pavan à 4 in G minor

    Ensemble: London Baroque.
    • Purcell: Chamber Music: London Baroque.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

      Trumpet Concerto

      Performer: Maurice Murphy.
  • Double Take

    • Giulio Caccini

      Amarilli mia bella

      Singer: Montserrat Figueras. Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Director: Jordi Savall.
      • DHM.
    • Giulio Caccini

      Amarilli mia bella

      Singer: Beniamino Gigli. Orchestra: Unnamed Orchestra. Conductor: Lawrance Collingwood.
      • NIMBUS.
  • Heinrich Isaac

    Tartara, a 3

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Artist of the Week: The London Sinfonietta

    • Kurt Weill

      Suite for wind orchestra from 'The Threepenny Opera'

      Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
      • DG.
  • Max Reger

    Romance for viola and piano

    Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
    • BIS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo in A D.951 'Grand Rondeau'

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for two violins in C major, RV507

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Performer: Amandine Beyer. Ensemble: Gli Incogniti. Director: Amandine Beyer.
  • György Ligeti

    Lux Aeterna

    Choir: London Voices.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces being played simultaneously were the opening of Appalachian spring, by Aaron Copland, and the hymn 'O taste and see' by Vaughan Williams.


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