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Friday - Sarah Walker with Chris Watson

With Sarah Walker. Musical challenge; Music in Time: Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 6; Artist of the Week: Anne Sofie von Otter, featured in Schumann: Frauenliebe und -Leben.

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 object.

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: Baroque
Sarah explores one of the great treasures of Baroque music, J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. In 1721 he presented a set of six concertos "for several instruments" to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt; today Sarah explores the Sixth Concerto in B flat major.

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.

R. Schumann
Frauenliebe und -leben, Op.42
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Bengt Forsberg (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St John Passion: Opening Chorus (sung in English)

    Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus. Orchestra: Bach Camerata. Conductor: David Temple.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasiestücke, Op.73

    Performer: Richard Hosford. Performer: Ian Brown. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

    Marits visor: Kom bukken til gutten ('Come Little Buck to the Boy')

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

    Marits visor: The Sun shines prettily

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Parthia in B flat major for wind ensemble

    Ensemble: Consortium Classicum.
    • TELDEC.
  • Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn

    Far East Suite: Mount Harissa

    Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Urlicht, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Richard Strauss

    Alpine Symphony, Op.64: Auf der elm

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie: LSO.
    • LSO Live.
    • 9.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story: Mambo

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • DG.
  • Chris Watson' First Choice

    • Erik Satie

      Gnossienne No 1 in F minor (Gnossiennes Set 1)

      Performer: Anne Queffélec.
      • Satie: Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes & Sports et Divertissements: Anne Queffelec.
      • Virgin Classics.
      • 1.
  • Chris Watson's Second Choice

    • Trad


      Performer: Joe Browning.
  • Sarah Walker's Personal Shopper Choice for Chris Watson

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes, Book 1: Nos. 4 & 5

      Music Arranger: Colin Matthews. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
      • HALLE.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No.6, BWV 1051

      Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
      • ELATUS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Solo Cello Suite no.3 in C major, BWV.1009 (Allemande)

    Performer: Anner Bylsma.
    • RCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Anne Sofie von Otter

    • Robert Schumann

      Frauenliebe und leben, Op.42 

      Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
      • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.99 in E flat

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

    Marits visor: Holder du af mig ('If You Love Me')

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger


    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • DG.
    • 4491892.
    • 31.

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