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Monday - Sarah Walker with Sarah Perry

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: A Dufay motet; Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little, featured performing Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending.

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 in the week of International Women's Day is the author, academic and journalist Sarah Perry. Sarah was born into a deeply religious household and spent her early life immersed in classical music, classic literature and the King James Bible. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway which she completed under the supervision of Andrew Motion, and she's been a writer in residence at Gladstone's Library in Wales. Her travel writing about the Philippines earned her a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, her debut novel was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and her second, The Essex Serpent was named Waterstones Book of the Year. As well as discussing her writing and her life, Sarah shares some of her favourite classical music by composers including Schubert, Thea Musgrave and Alma Mahler.

Music in Time: Medieval
Today Sarah's in the Medieval period exploring an intricate motet by Guillaume Dufay, written for the consecration of Florence Cathedral on 25th March 1436.

Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little
Sarah's featured artist is the English violinist Tasmin Little. After studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School and reaching the final of BBC Young Musician of the Year, Tasmin made her professional debut with the Hallé. Since then she's been a major exponent of British music, recording concertos by Ernest Moeran, Frederick Delius and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending has become something of a signature piece. As well as featuring Tasmin's interpretations of British music, Sarah's chosen a sonata by Schubert, Arvo Pärt's Fratres and a recent work by Roxanna Panufnik, written especially for Tasmin.

Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Davis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Three Shakespeare Songs: No.2 The Cloud-Capp'd Towers

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Beatrice et Benedict Op.27 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • RCA.
  • Anthony Holborne

    'The Image of Melancholy', a pavane

    Ensemble: Barokksolistene. Director: Bjarte Eike.
    • BIS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in E flat major, Op 117 No 1

    Performer: Clifford Curzon.
    • DECCA.
  • Lera Auerbach

    24 Preludes, Op.41: No.8 in F sharp minor; No.7 in A major; No.18 in F minor

    Performer: Lera Auerbach.
    • BIS.
  • Toumani Diabaté


    Ensemble: Sidiki Diabaté.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    March No.1 in D major, K.335

    Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • SONY.
  • Richard Wagner

    The Flying Dutchman: Overture

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Steve Reich

    Nagoya Marimbas

    Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • EMI.
  • Sarah Perry's CHoice No.1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Peter and the Wolf, Op.37: Wolf Theme

      Narrator: Peter Ustinov. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • EMI.
  • Sarah Perry's CHoice No.2

    • Henry Purcell

      Dido & Aeneas: "Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth"

      Singer: Susan Graham. Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astrée. Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm.
      • VIRGIN.
  • Sarah Perry's CHoice No.3

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto

      Performer: Sequeira Costa. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Seaman.
      • CLAUDIO.

    • Guillaume Dufay

      Nuper rosarum flores

      Choir: Pomerium. Director: Alexander Blachly.
      • DG.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Locus Iste

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Charles Koechlin

    Wind Septet

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic.
    • BIS.

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      The Lark Ascending

      Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • CHANDOS.
  • William Shield

    The Plough Boy

    Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Christopher Maltman. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • EMI.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Sketches for orchestra (Bear Dance)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin (The) (Complete Ballet) / Hungarian Pictures / Dance.
    • Naxos.
    • 19.

    • Gustav Holst

      A Song of the Night

      Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • CHANDOS.

Mystery Object

Answer: the marimba


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