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Monday - Sarah Walker with Chris Watson

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4; Artist of the Week: Anne Sofie von Otter, featured performing Grieg's Haugtussa.

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.

Haugtussa, Op.67
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Bengt Forsberg (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle Op.126 No.6 in E flat

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Hugo Alfvén

    Swedish Rhapsody No.1: Midsummer Vigil

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Petri Sakari.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ture Rangström

    Melodie; The Farewell; Pan

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Mon prelude hygienique du matin

    Performer: Marco Sollini.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major, RV572

    Performer: Lisa Beznosiuk. Performer: Neil McLaren. Performer: Anthony Robson. Performer: James Eastaway. Performer: Margaret Faultless. Performer: David Watkin. Performer: Paul Nicholson. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • LINN.
  • Clara Schumann

    Three Romances for violin, Op 22

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Les Biches Suite: Rag-Mazurka

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Chris Watson's First Choice

    • Olivier Messiaen

      Préludes pour Piano: No.1, La colombe

      Performer: Yvonne Loriod.
      • WARNER.
  • Chris Watson's Second Choice

    • Benjamin Britten

      Cello Suite No.2, Op.80: V. Ciaccona

      Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
      • DECCA.
  • Louis‐Claude Daquin

    Le coucou (Harpsichord Suite No 3 in E minor)

    Performer: Catherine Ennis.
    • 500 years of Organ Music for Royal Occasions.
    • CMFR.
    • 6.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No.4, Op.58

      Performer: Stephen Kovacevich. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Artist of the Week: Anne Sofie von Otter

    • Edvard Grieg

      Haugtussa, Op.67 (Mote)

      Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
      • DG.
    • Edvard Grieg

      Haugtussa, Op.67: 5-8

      Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
      • DG.
  • William Lawes

    Royal Consort Sett No.1 in D minor: IV. Corant; V.Sarabande

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • LINN.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sextet for Piano and Wind (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Les Vents Français.
    • Warner.
  • Richard Wagner

    Huldigungsmarsch arr for orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marek Janowski.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music we played in reverse was the opening of the first movement of Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds.


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