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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Jon Snow

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Bach keyboard concertos; Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall, featured directing Monteverdi's Madrigals of War and Love.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards. 

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: Baroque
Sarah's exploring the musical borrowing that occurred in the Baroque period, taking as an example J.S. Bach's use of music by Vivaldi for his keyboard concertos.

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.

Selection from the Eighth Book of Madrigals, 'Madrigals of War and Love'
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Jordi Savall (director).

3 hours

Music Played

  • anon

    Splendens ceptigera

    Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Benedetto Marcello

    Concerto in D minor for oboe and strings

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Director: Vittorio Negri.
    • Philips.
  • Erik Satie

    Jack in the Box

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Conductor: John Lanchbery.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Franz Liszt

    3 Concert Etudes: No.3, 'Un Sospiro'

    Performer: Lucy Parham.
    • Private recording.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird

    Conductor: Antal Doráti. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • MERCURY.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Ettrick Banks

    Singer: Jamie MacDougall. Ensemble: Haydn Trio Eisenstadt.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    A Child's Prayer

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro for strings, Op 47

    Conductor: John Barbirolli. Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Ensemble: Allegri String Quartet.
    • Elgar/Vaughan Williams: English String Music: Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Feu d'artifice

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Jon Snow's First Choice

    • Gerald Finzi

      Eclogue for piano and strings

      Performer: Piers Lane. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
      • EMI.
  • Jon Snow's Second Choice

    • Gioachino Rossini

      Petite Messe Solennelle: Kyrie

      Performer: Wyneke Jordans. Performer: Loe van Doeselaar. Performer: Jos van Immerseel. Singer: Mireille Capelle. Singer: Catherine Patriasz. Singer: Joseph Cornwell. Singer: Jelle Draijer. Choir: Nederlands Kamerkoor. Director: Jos van Immerseel.
      • ACCENT.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto for 4 violins in B Minor Op.3 No.10 RV580: I. Allegro

      Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
      • Channel.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for four keyboards BWV1065

    Performer: Raymond Leppard. Performer: Philip Ledger. Performer: Sir Andrew Davis. Performer: Blandine Verlet. Orchestra: English Concert Orchestra.
    • Philips.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Spring Song

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Josef Suk

    Once in Spring (About Mother, Op 28)

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Suk: Piano Works: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Chandos.
    • 14.
  • Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Madrigals book 8: 'Ballo: Volgendo Il Ciel - Movete al mio bel suon'

      Performer: Jordi Savall. Choir: Capella Reial de Catalunya. Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
      • Alia Vox.
    • Moxica

      Alma buscarte has en mi

      Singer: Montserrat Figueras. Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Fahmi Alqhai. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
      • Alia Vox.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird Suite

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Channel.
  • Alban Berg

    Die Nachtigall, from 'Seven Early Songs'

    Music Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. Choir: Accentus Chamber Choir. Director: Laurence Equilbey.
    • Naïve.
  • György Ligeti

    Etude No.13 'L'escalier du diable'

    Performer: Jeremy Denk.
    • Nonesuch.

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The piece of music we played in reverse was the introduction from Stravinsky's Firebird suite.


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