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Friday - Sarah Walker with Ian Mortimer

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: A Bach cantata; Artists of the Week: Belcea Quartet, featured performing Mozart's String Quartet in C 'Dissonance'.

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: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical person. 

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: Baroque Reformation Reflections
Sarah travels back to the Baroque period to explore a cantata composed by J.S. Bach around 1730, possibly for Reformation Sunday on 31st October. This is the date when, back in 1517, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, initiating the schism with the Catholic Church.

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 major, K.465 'Dissonance'
Belcea Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sigfrid Karg-Elert

    Triumphal March: Nun Danket alle Gott

    Performer: Hans Fagius.
    • BIS.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Symphoniae Sacrae III: Nun danket alle Gott, SWV418

    Choir: Cantus Cölln. Orchestra: Concerto Palatino. Director: Konrad Junghänel.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonora Overture No.3, Op.72b

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.

    • George Butterworth

      On the Way to Kew (Love blows as the wind blows)

      Singer: Jonathan Lemalu. Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
      • EMI.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Romance in D, Op.23

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Hamlet: Overture

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka Op.56 No.1 in B major

    Performer: André Tchaikowsky.
    • RCA Living Stereo.

    • George Frideric Handel

      Zadok the priest, HWV 258

      Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Simon Preston.
      • Handel: Coronation Anthems: Choir of Westminster Abbey/English Concert/Pinnock/P.
      • Archiv Produktion.
      • 1.

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Requiem: Dies irae; Requiem aeternam

      Singer: Anja Harteros. Choir: Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
      • EMI.
  • Sarah's choice for Ian Mortimer

    • John Dunstable

      Alma Redemptoris Mater (Marian antiphon)

      Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
      • EMI.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cantata No 192, 'Nun danket alle Gott'

      Singer: Joanne Lunn. Singer: Peter Harvey. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Performer: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Richard Strauss

    Dreaming by the fireside

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
    • SONY.
  • Claude Debussy


    Ensemble: Katia & Marielle Labèque.
    • en Blanc et Noir - The Debussy Album.
    • Philips.
    • 016.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      String Quartet in C major, K.465 'Dissonance'  

      Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
      • EMI.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon 'in echo duodecimi toni' à 10 arr Crees

    Performer: Christopher Martin. Performer: John Hagstrom. Music Arranger: Eric Crees. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mark Ridenour.
    • CSOR.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorale: Was Gott tut, das ist Wohlgetan

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Director: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Franz Liszt

    Variations on a theme of Bach

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Mozart/Liszt/Brahms/Mendelssohn: Theme and Variations: Brendel.
    • Philips.
    • 3.

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