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Monday - Sarah Walker with Greg Doran

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Works by Corselli for the 18th-century Spanish court; Artists of the Week: Tenebrae, featured in Faure's Requiem.

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: can you identify the two pieces, played simultaneously?

Sarah's guest this week is the award-winning director Greg Doran. Greg is Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has directed the company in more than half of Shakespeare's works, as well as many new plays. Greg began his career with the RSC as an actor in the late 1980s, becoming an Assistant Director soon afterwards before climbing through the ranks to the top job. In 2016, Greg led the company's celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birthday by directing Shakespeare Live!, an event which honoured Shakespeare's legacy across the performing arts. Throughout the week Greg will be sharing some of his favourite classical music (much of it Shakespeare-inspired!) by composers including Prokofiev, Handel and Britten.

Music on Location: The Spanish Court, Madrid
Sarah explores music connected with the 18th-century Spanish Court in Madrid composed by Francesco Corselli. Although Italian, Corselli spent much of his life writing music for the Spanish Court, where he introduced the highly formalised style of stage production known as 'opera seria', which was enjoying so much success elsewhere in Europe at the time.

Artists of the Week: Tenebrae
Sarah's Artists of the Week are the choir Tenebrae. Celebrated for their technical precision and dramatic interpretations, Tenebrae has established itself as one of the world's leading choirs under the direction of Nigel Short, who founded the choir in 2001. Since then, they've produced a large discography collaborating with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra, and with contemporary composers such as Joby Talbot, Bob Chilcott and Alexander L'Estrange. The choir has made celebrated recordings of many major choral works including Poulenc's Mass in G major, Parry's Songs of Farewell and Fauré's Requiem, all of which Sarah will be featuring this week. Sarah's also chosen their recording of Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday and Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia.

Grace Davidson (soprano)
William Gaunt (baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
Nigel Short (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Léo Delibes

    Les filles de Cadix

    Singer: Ana María Martínez. Orchestra: Prague Philharmonia. Conductor: Steven Mercurio.
    • Naxos.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondo in G minor, Op. 94

    Performer: Maurice Gendron. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Herbert Murrill

      Two Songs from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: O Mistress Mine

      Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Three Movements from Petrouchka

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia No 7 in C minor

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Henry Purcell The Complete Fantazias Fretwork.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 7.
  • Henry Purcell

    Dido & Aeneas: Overture

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne Suite No.1

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Naive.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Greg Doran's first choice

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights

      Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
      • Decca.
  • Greg Doran's second choice

    • Billie Holiday

      Darn That Dream

      • VERVE.
  • Greg Doran's third choice

    • George Frideric Handel

      Saul: O Lord whose mercies numberless

      Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • Benjamin Britten


    Singer: Gerald Finley. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • Hyperion.

    • Francesco Corselli

      Hasta aquí, Dios amante

      Singer: Núria Rial. Ensemble: El Concierto Espanol. Director: Emilio Moreno.
      • GLOSSA.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Suite espanola, Op. 47: Granada; Asturias; Cuba; Castilla

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • DECCA.
  • Sir James MacMillan


    Ensemble: Emperor Quartet.
    • BIS.
  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Gabriel Fauré


      Singer: Grace Davidson. Singer: William Gaunt. Choir: Tenebrae. Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble. Conductor: Nigel Short.
      • LSO LIVE.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    In nature's realm [V prirode] - overture Op.91

    Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces were the Toccata from Bach's Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564 and the first movement of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez


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