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Friday - Sarah Walker with Maggi Hambling

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri; Artists of the Week: London Sinfonietta, featured performing Gorecki's Symphony No 3.

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 mystery musical personality.

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: Baroque
Sarah chooses one of the cantatas from Dietrich Buxtehude's passiontide work, Membra Jesu Nostri, a great example of how music-making was a religious vocation for many composers of the Baroque period.

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.

Symphony No.3
Dawn Upshaw (soprano)
London Sinfonietta
David Zinman (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hans Werner Henze

    Ondine 3 a Pas de seize: Entrée

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DG.
  • Léo Delibes

    Sylvia: Act 3 Marche et cortège de Bacchus

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Le triomphe de Bacchus: Divertissement: Allegro (Piano 4 hands)

    Performer: Adrienne Soós. Performer: Ivo Haag.
    • NAXOS.
  • Franz Danzi

    Wind Quintet in B flat Op.56: No.1

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
    • BIS.
  • Heinrich Bach

    Sonata 'A cinque' in F

    Performer: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Louis Vierne

    Pieces de fantaisie Suite No.4 Op.55: Naiades

    Performer: Ben van Oosten.
    • MDG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and Allegro

    Performer: Edward Druzinsky. Performer: Donald Peck. Performer: Clark Brody. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • RCA.
  • François Couperin

    Les Nations - La Françoise: Gigue; Chaconne ou Passacaille

    Ensemble: Florilegium.
  • Stuart Hancock


    Ensemble: London Accordion Orchestra.
  • Philip Glass

    The Book of Longing: Prologue, I can't make the hills

    Narrator: Leonard Cohen. Ensemble: Philip Glass Ensemble. Conductor: Michael Riesman.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Joie du sang des étoiles (Turangalîla-Symphonie)

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Performer: Cynthia Millar. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • Messiaen: Turangalila Symphonie: Osborne/Millar/Bergen Philharmonic Orch/Mena.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 59 No 3

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 9.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Membra Jesu Nostri: IV Ad Latus 'Surge amica mea'

    Singer: Johannette Zomer. Choir: De Nederlandse Bachvereniging. Conductor: Jos van Veldhoven.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G minor BWV975 (Transcribed for keyboard)

    Performer: Sophie Yates.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    The Silver Swan

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals.
    • Virgin.
    • 12.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Symphony No.3 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'

    Singer: Dawn Upshaw. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Zinman.
  • George Gershwin

    Summertime; A woman is a sometime thing (Porgy and Bess Suite arr Heifetz)

    Performer: Matthew Trusler. Performer: Wayne Marshall. Music Arranger: Jascha Heifetz.
    • Blues: Matthew Trusler/Wayne Marshall.
    • Orchid Classics.
    • 1.


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