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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Jon Snow

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time; Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall, featured conducting Hesperion XXI in Lawes's Consort Sett a 5 in C 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. Can you remember the film or TV programme that featured this piece of classical music?

Sarah's guest this week is the news journalist and presenter Jon Snow. Having cut his teeth as Washington Correspondent and then Diplomatic Editor at ITN, Jon became an anchor on Channel 4 News in 1989, a position he has held ever since. He is still active as a reporter and documentary-maker, and has covered major global events ranging from the release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the inauguration of Barack Obama. As well as discussing his life's work, Jon shares his passion for classical music, choosing a selection of the works he's come to love, from his early years as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral, to the present day. Across the week we'll hear music by composers including Mahler, Howells, Max Richter and J.S. Bach.

Music in Time: Classical
Today Sarah's in the Classical period exploring the controversial influence that Gluck had on French opera. The opening of his opera Iphigénie en Aulide sparked fierce debate between his supporters and those arguing for the superiority of the Neapolitan style.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two interpretations of Domenico Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonata K.208 - by Pierre Hantaï and by Yevgeny Sudbin.

Sarah's Artist of the Week is the Catalan conductor and viola da gamba player, Jordi Savall. Savall has been one of the leading lights of Early Music performance since the 1970s, unearthing lost repertoire as well as shedding new light on pieces from the European tradition. Working with his group Le Concert des Nations he's applied his invention to almost every corner of the core Baroque repertoire, producing landmark recordings of music from Italy, Spain, France, England and Germany. With Hespèrion XX (latterly XXI) - founded with his late wife, soprano Montserrat Figueras - he's turned his attention to lesser-known music of the Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval periods, introducing listeners to early music from Spain in particular as well the Near East and the Americas. As a viola da gamba player he has also played an important role in the instrument's revival. Sarah's selections from his vast discography include orchestral music by Bach and Handel (Music for the Royal Fireworks), as well as Monteverdi madrigals, music for viol consort by William Lawes, music from Ottoman-era Istanbul and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

Consort Set in 5 Parts No.3 in C minor
Hesperion XXI
Jordi Savall (director).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance Op.46 No.5 in A

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Decca.
  • Percy Grainger

    Pritteling, Prattleing, Pretty Poll Parrot

    Performer: Penelope Thwaites. Performer: John Lavender.
    • Heritage.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture 'Le Corsaire' Op.21

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Sony.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Madrigals Book 6: 'Deh, Come Invan sospiro'

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Köln. Director: Wolfgang Fromme.
    • CBS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Monumentum pro Gesualdo

    Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
    • Urania.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich lasse dich nicht BWV159

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Performer: James Johnstone. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite

    Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
    • BMG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Lied zur Gesellenreise K.468

    Performer: Rudolf Jansen. Singer: Hans Peter Blochwitz.
    • Decca.
  • Jon Snow's Choice

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30: Allegro man non tanto

      Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
      • EMI.
  • Frank Bridge

    Valse intermezzo

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Bridge: Orchestral works vol.5: BBC NOW/Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 14.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Christoph Willibald Gluck

      Iphigenie en Tauride: Opening

      Singer: Mireille Delunsch. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Choir: Choeur du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • DG.
  • Niccolò Piccinni

    Didon: Act II, 'Tu veux me fuir'

    Singer: Sibongile Mngoma. Singer: Daniel Galvez Vallejo. Singer: Teresa di Bari. Orchestra: Orchestra del teatro Petruzzelli. Choir: Coro del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari. Conductor: Arnold Bosman.
    • Dynamic.
  • Double Take

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Sonata in A major Kk.208

      Performer: Pierre Hantaï.
      • MIRARE.
    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Sonata in A major Kk.208

      Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
      • BIS.
  • Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall

    • William Lawes

      Consort Set a 5 No.3 in C minor

      Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Luca Guglielmi. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
      • Alia Vox.
  • Tarik O’Regan

    Care Charminge Sleepe

    Performer: James McVinnie. Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Director: Timothy Brown.
    • Tarik O'Regan - Voices.
    • Collegium Records.
    • 12.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano concerto No.21 in C major K467

    Performer: Anda Géza. Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch

    Trumpet Concerto in D, FWV L:D1

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Jubilo.
    • WARNER.
    • 1.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The piece of music was from the second movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21, which was featured in the 1967 movie, Elvira Madigan.


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