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Monday - Sarah Walker with Ian Mortimer

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Mendelssohn's Symphony No 5; Artists of the Week: Belcea Quartet, featured performing Debussy's String Quartet.

Including, as part of Radio 3's season Breaking Free: Martin Luther's Revolution -
Reformation Bytes
2/5: The Use of the Vernacular.
Novelist Catherine Cox about the power of reading something in one's own language and encountering stories for the first time.

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.  

10am Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution
As Radio 3 celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Sarah Walker is joined by the historian Ian Mortimer to explore the momentous changes that the Reformation brought to music and the arts.
Ian is best-known for his book The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval History, which became a Sunday Times Bestseller. After completing his PhD he worked for several major research institutions including the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the universities of Exeter and Reading, all of which gave him a hands-on experience of history. He has also written poetry and a series of historical fiction novels under the pseudonym James Forrester. Ian believes that history is about people, not the past, and in his Time Traveller's Guide series he immerses readers in the real-life, everyday practicalities and concerns of men and women living in the Medieval era, the Restoration period, or Elizabethan England. Throughout the week Ian and Sarah will discover how music was shaped by the events, personalities and societies of these times.

Music in Time: Romantic Reformation Reflections
Today Sarah's exploring Reformation-inspired music from the Romantic Period. Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Reformation Symphony to mark the 300th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession: 28 articles setting out the beliefs and teachings of the Lutheran church.

Sarah's Artists of the Week are the Belcea Quartet, which was formed under the leadership of violinist Corina Belcea in 1994, when the original members were still students at the Royal Academy of Music. Five years later they were one of the first groups selected to participate in Radio 3's New Generation Artists Scheme, and in 2001 they won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording. They have gone on to make acclaimed recordings of the core quartet repertoire, ranging from Mozart to Schoenberg, as well as collaborations with the tenor Ian Bostridge and bass, Jonathan Lemalu. The quartet combines technical brilliance with emotional intensity as we'll hear through the week in their recordings of quartets by Debussy, Schoenberg, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Belcea Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Walter

    Ein feste burg ist unser Gott

    Singer: Cecile Kempenaers. Singer: Jose Pizarro. Singer: Matthias Gerchen. Choir: Capella de la Torre.
    • Challenge Classics.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D703: Quartet-Satz

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • EMI.
  • Martin Luther

    Sie ist mir lieb, die werte Magd

    Performer: Julien Behr. Singer: Franz Vitzthum.
  • Martin Luther

    Non moriar sed vivam

    Choir: Bach Choir of Siegen. Director: Ulrich Stötzel.
    • CPO.
  • Richard Wagner

    Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Prelude to Act 1)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Ma fin est mon commencement; Hoquetus David

    Ensemble: Sour Cream.
    • GLOSSA.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Une Barque sur l'ocean

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No.4

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Ian Mortimer's First Choice

    • Walter Lambe

      Nesciens Mater (From the Eton Choirbook)

      Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
      • Gaudeamus.
  • Ian Mortimer's Second Choice

    • William Cornysh

      Ave Maria Mater Dei (from the Eton Choirbook)

      Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
      • Gaudeamus.
  • Ian Mortimer's Third Choice

    • Thomas Tallis

      O Lord, in Thee is all my trust

      Choir: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Philips.
      • GIMELL.
  • Ian Mortimer's Fourth Choice

    • Thomas Tallis

      If ye love me

      Ensemble: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
      • GIMELL.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Symphony No.5: Reformation

      Orchestra: Heidelberger Sinfoniker. Conductor: Thomas Fey.
      • HANSSLER.
  • Artist of the Week: Belcea Quartet

    • Claude Debussy

      String Quartet in G minor, Op.10  

      Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
      • EMI.
  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini

    Cosi stanco Pellegrino (Crispo)

    Singer: Lawrence Zazzo. Ensemble: La Nuova Musica. Director: David Bates.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Das Jahr: Mai

    Performer: Lauma Skride.
    • SONY.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.2 in C major, Hob.I:2

    Orchestra: Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720

    Performer: Marie‐Claire Alain.
    • ERATO.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music we played in reverse was Chopin's Ballade No.4


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