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International Women's Day - Sarah Walker with Sally Beamish and Sarah Perry

With Sarah Walker and guest curator Sally Beamish. Including Music in Time: Elisabeth Lutyens: The Skull; Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little, featured in music by Roxanna Panufnik.

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

  • Sally Beamish

    Opus California: Boardwalk!

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    The Year, 12 Mood Pieces: January; April

    Performer: Lauma Skride.
    • SONY.
  • Sally Beamish's Choice

    • Kassiani

      Byzantine hymn Doxazomen sou Christe

      Choir: VocaMe. Director: Michael Popp.
    • Eleanor Alberga

      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Prelude; Celebration dance

      Orchestra: The Taliesin Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Ash.
  • Carla Bley

    Romantic Notion No.4

    Performer: Emanuele Arciuli.
    • Stradivarius.
  • Lili Boulanger

    D'un Vieux Jardin

    Performer: Judith Pfeiffer.
  • Anna Meredith

    Honeyed Words

    Performer: Gemma Kost. Performer: Anna Meredith.
  • Clara Schumann

    Konzertsatz in F minor

    Performer: Lucy Parham. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Sarah Perry's Choice No.1

    • Alma Mahler

      4 Lieder, 'Waldseligkeit'

      Performer: Roland Pöntinen. Singer: Christina Högman.
      • BIS.
  • Sarah Perry's Choice No.2

    • Thea Musgrave

      Wild Winter 1: Laments 1-3

      Ensemble: Red Byrd. Ensemble: Fretwork.
      • NMC.
  • Ilse Weber


    Performer: Bebe Risenfors. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Elisabeth Lutyens

      The Skull Suite

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
      • NMC.
  • Sally Beamish's Choice

    • Sally Beamish


      Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ola Rudner.
      • BIS.
    • Barbara Strozzi

      Lilla crudele, non ti doler

      Singer: Peggy Belanger. Performer: Michel Angers.

    • Roxanna Panufnik

      4 World Seasons (Autumn in Albania)

      Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Alice Mary Smith

    Symphony in A minor

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Howard Shelley.
    • CHANDOS.

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The piece of music we played backwards was Clara Schumann's Konzertsatz in F minor for piano and orchestra.


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