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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Jon Snow

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Jean Mouton's Quis dabit oculis; Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall, featured conducting Beethoven's Symphony No 3.

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 and identify the classical work that has influenced a piece of
pop 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: Renaissance
Today Sarah's exploring the work of French composer Jean Mouton. Today his reputation is not on a par with his contemporary Josquin des Prez, but he was highly regarded by his peers and royal patrons. Among them was Anne of Brittany, Queen Consort of France, whose death Mouton marked with the motet Quis dabit oculis.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of the aria "Un bel dì vedremo" from Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly - by sopranos Maria Callas and Victoria de los Angeles.

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.

Symphony No.3 in E flat major 'Eroica'
Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Isaac Albéniz

    Sevillanas (Suite Española no.1)

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • Fur Elise, Piano Music by Beethoven, Chopin, etc.: Ashkenezy etc..
    • Decca.
    • 13.
  • Frederick Delius

    On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • Delius: Brigg Fair and other orchestral works: RPO/Beecham.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Trio Sonata in A Wq 146

    Performer: Barthold Kuijken. Performer: Sigiswald Kuijken. Performer: Wieland Kuijken. Performer: Robert Kohnen.
    • Accent.
  • Josquin des Prez

    El Grillo

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Director: Paul Hillier.
    • Erato.
  • Roland Pöntinen

    Mercury Dream

    Performer: Martin Fröst. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.

    • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

      Le bourgeois gentilhomme

      Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
      • ALIA VOX.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker: March 'Dance of the Toy Soldiers'

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.

    • William Harris

      Faire is the heaven

      Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
      • Universal.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • CBS.

    • Charles‐Marie Widor

      Toccata (Organ Symphony No.5 in F minor, Op.42`1)

      Performer: Olivier Latry.
      • BNL.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Young Apollo, Op 16

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • Britten: Piano Concerto/Diversions/Young Apollo: Osborne/BBC SSO/Volkov.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.

    • Jean Mouton

      Quis dabit oculis? (Lament for Anna)

      Choir: Tallis Scholars.
      • Gimell.
  • Josquin des Prez

    In te domine speravi

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Director: Paul Hillier.
    • Erato.
  • DOuble take

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Madama Butterfly (Un Bel di Vedremo)

      Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • Warner.
    • Giacomo Puccini

      Un bel di vedremo (Madame Butterfly)

      Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Conductor: Gabriele Santini.
      • Alto.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op 117 No 2

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • DECCA.

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No.3 'Eroica'

      Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
      • Astree.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Verleih' uns Frieden

    Ensemble: Accentus. Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Conductor: Laurence Equilbey.
    • Naïve.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Transports de joie (L'Ascension)

    Performer: Thomas Trotter.
    • Decca.

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