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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Ian Mortimer

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Sweelinck; Artists of the Week: Belcea Quartet, featured playing Beethoven's String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131.

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. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them? 

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: Renaissance Reformation Reflections
Today Sarah's in late Renaissance introducing the music of the Dutch composer and organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. He made many settings of psalms from the Genevan Psalter, a book created under the supervision of leading religious reformer, John Calvin.

Double Take 
Sarah explores two interpretations of Mozart's Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in E flat major K.371, comparing performances by Barry Tuckwell, and Roger Montgomery playing it on a natural horn.

Sarah's Artist of the Weeks 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 C sharp minor, Op.131
Belcea Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Dowland

    Mr Nicholas Gryffith his Galliard; Sir John Souch his Galliard

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • LINN.
  • Hubert Parry

    I was Glad

    Performer: Daniel Cook. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Ensemble: Onyx Brass. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
  • Clara Schumann

    Three Romances, Op.21

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz.
    • CARLTON.
  • Dario Costello

    Sonata nono for cornetto

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM.
  • Clément Janequin

    Mon Dieu me paist

    Ensemble: Ensemble Clément Janequin. Director: Dominique Visse.
  • Duke Ellington

    Black, Brown and Beige: VI. The Lord is my Shepherd

    Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. Singer: Mahalia Jackson.
  • Leos Janáček

    Pohadka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano

    Performer: Keith Robinson. Performer: Hyeyeon Park.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Carnival of the animals: No.3, Hemiones (Animaix veloces)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire. Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Isabelle van Keulen. Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Performer: Mischa Maisky. Performer: Georg Hörtnagel. Performer: Irena Grafenauer. Performer: Eduard Brunner. Performer: Edith Salmen-Weber. Performer: Markus Steckeler.
    • Saint-Saens: Carnaval des Animaux: Argerich/Frerie/Kremer.
    • Philips.
    • 3.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Samson et Delilah: Bacchanale

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in C major, Op 33 No 2

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.

    • Thomas Tallis

      Spem in alium

      Ensemble: Taverner Consort. Choir: Taverner Choir. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.

    • John Dowland

      Lachrimae Antiquae

      Performer: Christopher Wilson. Ensemble: Fretwork.
      • Virgin Classics.

    • Henry Purcell

      The Indian Queen: Overture and Trumpet Tune

      Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
      • OISEAU LYRE.

    • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

      Ainsi qu'on oit (From the Genevan Psalter)

      Choir: Cappella Amsterdam. Director: Daniel Reuss.
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

    Ik heb den Heer Lief (From the Genevan Psalter)

    Performer: Robert Woolley.
    • CHANDOS.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in E flat major, K371

      Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Director: Neville Marriner.
      • EMI.
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in E flat major, K371

      Performer: Roger Montgomery. Director: Margaret Faultless. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Impromptu, Op 35 No 5

    Performer: Joanne Polk.
    • The Flatterer.
    • 12.

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 131

      Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
      • ZIG ZAG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    11 Chorale Preludes Op.122: Nos. 5 & 11

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Concert waltz for orchestra no. 2 (Op.51) in F major

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Orfeo.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces we heard simultaneously were 'Hemiones (wild asses)' from Carnival of the Animals and the 'Bacchanale' from Samson and Delilah, both by Saint-Saëns

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