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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Sarah Perry

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Balakirev: Islamey; Artist of the Week: violinist Tasmin Little, featured in Schubert's Violin Sonata in A minor.

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 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.

Music in Time: Romantic
Today Sarah examines why Mily Balakirev's work, Islamey (Oriental Fantasy), is considered one of the most difficult solo piano pieces in the standard repertoire.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two versions of Grainger's Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy', one for piano and the other for orchestra.

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.

Violin Sonata in A minor, D385
Tasmin Little (violin)
Piers Lane (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Percy Grainger

    Hill Song No.2

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Evening Canticles in G major

    Performer: Stephen Farr. Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir. Conductor: David Hill.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Trio Sonata in F major for two violins and continuo

    • HMC901379.
    • 13.
  • Federico Mompou

    Cancion y Danza No.7

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
  • Gabriel Fauré


    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Pascal Devoyon.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • SONY.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude No.1 in C major (5 Bach Preludes with cello obligato)

    Music Arranger: Ignaz Moscheles. Performer: Jelena Očić. Performer: Federico Lovato.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Sarah Perry's First Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Impromptu in E flat, D.899 No.2

      Performer: Sir András Schiff.
      • DECCA.
  • Sarah Perry's Second Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet in D minor, D.810 'Death and the Maiden': IV Presto

      Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Tango No 72

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

      Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

      Performer: Georges Cziffra.
  • Double Take

    • Percy Grainger

      Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

      Performer: Piers Lane.
      • HYPERION.
    • Percy Grainger

      Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

      Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Overture in E major

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little

    • Franz Schubert

      Violin Sonata 'Sonatina' in A minor, D.385

      Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Piers Lane.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Anonymous

    Holy Manna (Brethren, we have met to worship)

    Ensemble: Anonymous 4.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Wassermusik 'Ebb und Fluth'

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Partita for 8 voices: Sarabande

    Ensemble: Roomful of Teeth.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces being played simultaneously were the Prelude in E major from Book 1 of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier and the fifth movement of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, 'Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus'.


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