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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Chris Watson

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: John Dunstable; Artist of the Week: mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, featured performing music by Mozart and Weill.

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 music and name the two composers associated with it. 

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.

Music in Time: Medieval Era
Sarah focuses on England in the early 15th century, and the music of John Dunstable. His expressive melodies and sweet, sonorous harmonies brought him fame on the continent, where he was praised for his "contenance angloise", or English manner; his music also influenced the Burgundian composers of the early Renaissance.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two accounts of Dvorak's Slavonic Dance Op.72 No.3 in F major, by a pair of Czech conductors, recorded over 50 years apart: Karel Šejna and Jiří Bělohlávek.

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.

The Marriage of Figaro: 'Voi che sapete'
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
James Levine (conductor)

Happy End: 'Surabaya Johnny'
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Legends, Op.59 No.3

    Conductor: Iván Fischer. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo Brilliant in B minor, Op.70, D.895

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Robert Parsons

    The Song Called Trumpets (from the Baldwin Partbooks)

    Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Eternal Source of Light (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne)

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Performer: Alison Balsom. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Strauss

    Serenade in E flat major, Op 7

    Ensemble: Ensemble Paris-Bastille. Director: François Leleux.
    • Francois Leleux - Richard Strauss.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 4.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D minor, Kk213

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Toccata in D minor, Op.11 

    Performer: Byron Janis.
    • MERCURY.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

    Performer: Marie‐Claire Alain.
    • ERATO.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Hebrides Overture ('Fingal's Cave')

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Chris Watson

    Invertebrate Harmonics

  • Edward Elgar


    Performer: John Ogdon.
    • EMI.
  • John Dunstable

    Albanus roseo rutilat

    Ensemble: Orlando Consort.
  • John Dunstable

    Descendi in ortum meum

    Ensemble: Orlando Consort.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance Op.72 No.3 in F

    Conductor: Karel Sejna. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic dances - series 2 Op.72, no.11 in F major

    Performer: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • DECCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Première rhapsodie

    Performer: James Campbell. Performer: John York.
    • Cala.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Marriage of Figaro: Act II Arietta, "Voi che sapete" 

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Conductor: James Levine.
    • DG.
  • Richard Strauss

    Die Rosenkavalier: Act II (Exract)

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Singer: Barbara Hendricks. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • EMI.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Trio in A minor, Op.150

    Ensemble: Ambache Chamber Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major, K 495

    Performer: Dale Clevenger. Orchestra: Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra.
    • Sony.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rake's Progress: Act II Scene 3: "As I was saying..."

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Singer: Ian Bostridge. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • DG.
  • Kurt Weill

    Happy End: 'Surabaya-Johnny '

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Orchestra: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • DG.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

We heard two toccatas simultaneously today - Bach's from the Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Prokofiev's Toccata in Dminor Op.11.


  • Tue 23 May 2017 09:00

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