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Friday - Sarah Walker with Sarah Perry

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Sibelius: Symphony No 7; Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little, featured performing Moeran's Violin Concerto.

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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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: Modern
Today Sarah's in the Modern period exploring how Sibelius forged a new symphonic form and reclaimed the power of tonality in his compressed, single-movement 7th Symphony.

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 Concerto
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Davis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Ireland

    Twilight Night

    Choir: Carice Singers. Conductor: George Parris.
    • NAXOS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Karelia Suite

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • Max Richter

    Three Worlds - Music from Woolf Works: In the Garden

    Performer: Max Richter. Performer: Louisa Fuller. Performer: Natalia Bonner. Performer: John Metcalfe. Performer: Ian Burdge. Performer: Chris Worsey.
    • Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works.
    • DG.
    • 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    Three Parts upon a Ground, Z.731

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Insect Pieces: Grasshopper

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Adagio in E flat major for piano trio, D.897 'Notturno'

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah: Wurdig ist das Lamm [Worthy is the Lamb] & Amen

    Orchestrator: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Choir: Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart. Orchestra: Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart. Conductor: Helmuth Rilling.
  • Sarah Perry's First Choice

    • Franz Anton Hoffmeister

      Viola Concerto in D: III. Rondo

      Performer: Andra Darzins. Orchestra: Urban Camerata.
      • CPO.
  • Sarah Perry's Second Choice

    • Stephen Crowe

      Kilgore's Siamese Tweezers

      Performer: Nathan Plante.
      • Private recording.
  • Sarah Walker's Personal Shopper Choice for Sarah Perry

    • Gavin Bryars

      Ave regina gloriosa

      Choir: Trio Mediæval.
      • ECM.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    Saltarello Romano, Op 6 No 4

    Performer: Dinorah Varsi.
    • GENUIN.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Jean Sibelius

      Symphony No.7

      Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
      • BIS.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Iphigenie en Tauride: "O malheureuse Iphigenie"

    Singer: Camilla Tilling. Orchestra: Musica Saeculorum. Conductor: Philipp von Steinaecker.
    • BIS.
  • Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little

    • Ernest Moeran

      Violin Concerto

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

    Hymn of Jesus, Op 37

    Choir: Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • EMI.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The piece we played was Mozart's arrangement of The Messiah by Handel - the two associated composers were therefore Mozart and Handel.


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