Monday - Sarah Walker with Chris Watson
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 one of the world's leading sound-recordists, Chris Watson. Chris started out as a musician, he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group, Cabaret Voltaire, but he soon put the microphone to other uses enjoying a career recording sound for film, tv and radio. He has specialised in recording wildlife and natural phenomena, striving, in his words, to put the microphone where you can't put your ears. He has contributed to a number of David Attenborough documentaries in the Life and Frozen Planet series and has released albums of his field recordings. As well as discussing his work and life, Chris will be sharing some of his favourite classical music by composers including Britten, Messiaen and Felix Mendelssohn.
Music in Time: Romantic
Sarah travels back to the start of the Romantic era, and a remarkable event on 22nd December, 1808: a four-hour benefit concert for Ludwig van Beethoven. It included the public premieres of his fifth and sixth symphonies, and also his Piano Concerto No.4 in G major; this was Beethoven's final appearance as concerto soloist, and as he sat down to play, he had a surprise in store...
Sarah's Artist of the Week is the Swedish mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter. She's regarded as one of the finest singers of her generation, celebrated for her work on stage and in recital. She won a Grammy Award for her recording of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and has been named Artist of the Year by both the International Record Critics Association and Gramophone. On the stage, she's renowned for her performances of Mozart, Handel and Richard Strauss, and in recital she excels in Romantic song. She has also collaborated with non-classical musicians such as Elvis Costello and Brad Mehldau. Sarah reflects this great diversity throughout the week with a selection encompassing intimate Dowland lute songs, song cycles by Robert Schumann and Ravel, and roles from opera and musical theatre.
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Bengt Forsberg (piano).