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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Chris Watson

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Stravinsky: Violin Concerto; Artist of the Week: mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, featured performing Dowland.

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?

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: Modern
Sarah visits the 1930s, a decade which saw a rush of great Violin Concertos from composers including Bartók, Berg, Britten, Walton and Stravinsky. Stravinsky's is a neoclassical concerto, looking back to music of the past, and each movement is announced with a chord he sketched on a napkin in a Parisian restaurant.

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.

In darkness let me dwell; What if I never speed?
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Jakob Lindberg (lute).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo a la Russe

    Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
    • CBS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Rapsodie Espagnole

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • DECCA.
  • William Byrd

    Monsieurs Alman

    Performer: Steve Lodder.
  • Henry Purcell

    O solitude, my sweetest choice Z.406

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • Archiv.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Poème Op.41

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
  • Johann Joseph Fux

    Symphonia ex C, "Turcaria"

    Ensemble: Accentus Austria.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    Cento Partite sopra Passacagli

    Performer: Robert Woolley.
    • EMI.
  • Chris Watson's First Choice

    • Pierre Schaeffer

      Cinq études de bruits (Etude aux chemins de fer)

      • EL.
  • Chris Watson's Second Choice

    • Karlheinz Stockhausen

      Kurzwellen mit Beethoven (Stockhoven-Beethausen Opus 1970)

      Performer: Aloys Kontarsky. Performer: Johannes Fritsch. Performer: Rolf Gehlhaar. Performer: Otto Ernst Wohlert. Director: Karlheinz Stockhausen.
      • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in G major, Op 49 No 2

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Opp.26, 27 & 49.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 19.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Violin Concerto

      Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Robertson.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Cradle Song, Op 38 No 1 (Lyric Pieces, Book 2)

    Performer: James Rhodes.
    • Bullets & Lullabies; James Rhodes.
    • Warner.
    • 3.
  • Artist of the Week: Anne Sofie von Otter

    • John Dowland

      In darkness let me dwell; What if I never speed?

      Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
      • DG.
    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Scherzi musicali: O Rosetta, che Rosetta; La violetta ch'en su l'herbetta

      Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Drottningholms Barockensemble.
      • PROPRIUS.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120

    Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cantata "Cessate, omai cessate" RV684

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in B flat major, K 137

    Conductor: Iona Brown. Orchestra: Det Norske Kammerorkester.
    • Mozart/Britten/Tchaikovsky: Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
    • Simax.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The piece we heard was the 11th movement of Ligeti's Musica Ricercata, 'Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi'. The two associated composers were therefore Ligeti and Frescobaldi.


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