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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Greg Doran

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Gershwin's Cuban Overture; Artists of the Week: Tenebrae, featured performing Parry's Songs of Farewell.

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: can you identify the piece of music, played in reverse?

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: Cuba
Sarah heads to Cuba, courtesy of Gershwin's fun-filled Cuban Overture. The piece came about after a two-week holiday Gershwin took in Havana in 1932, and it's dominated by Caribbean rhythms and native Cuban percussion.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of the aria 'O del mio dolce ardor' from Gluck's opera Paride ed Elena, sung by Suzanne Danco and Magdalena Kožená.

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.

Songs of Farewell
Nigel Short (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hubert Parry

    I was glad

    Choir: The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Performer: Roger Judd. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
  • William Grant Still

    In Memoriam

    Orchestra: Fort Smith Symphony. Conductor: John Jeter.
    • Still - Symphony No. 1.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op 60

    Performer: Janina Fialkowska.
    • Chopin Recital: Janina Fialkowska.
    • Atma Classique.
    • 6.
  • Pedro López

    Las Perdices (Golpe)

    Performer: John Williams.
  • Pedro Elías Gutiérrez

    Alma Llanera

    Performer: John Williams. Performer: Alfonso Montes.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    American Rhapsody, Op.47

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Philippe Gaubert

    Nocturne and Allegro scherzando

    Performer: Idit Shemer. Performer: Maggie Cole.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Fruhlingsstimmen ('Voices of Spring')

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
  • Greg Doran's first choice

    • Robert Johnson

      The Satyr's Dance (from Oberon, The Faery Prince)

      Performer: Falk Maertens. Performer: Raphael Mentzen. Performer: Paolo Mendes. Performer: Andreas Klein. Performer: Johannes Lipp. Music Arranger: Howard Cable. Ensemble: Brass Quintet of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
      • Capriccio.
  • Greg Doran's second choice

    • Paul Englishby

      Marriage Blessing (Masque) from the 2016 RSC production of The Tempest

      Singer: Elly Condron. Singer: Samantha Hay. Singer: Jennifer Witton.
      • RSC.
  • Greg Doran's third choice

    • Jean Sibelius

      The Tempest: Prelude, Op.109, No.1 

      Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • BIS.
  • Gustav Mahler


    Singer: Ruby Hughes. Performer: Joseph Middleton.

    • George Gershwin

      Cuban Overture

      Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
      • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris.
      • Decca.
      • 4.

    • Christoph Willibald Gluck

      Paride ed Elena: "O del mio dolce ardor"

      Singer: Suzanne Danco. Performer: Guido Agosti.
      • TESTAMENT.
    • Christoph Willibald Gluck

      Paride ed Elena: "O del mio dolce ardor"

      Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: Prague Philharmonia. Conductor: Michel Swierczewski.
      • La Belle Immagini.
      • DG.
      • 7.
  • Charles Avison

    Concerto Grosso No 5 in D minor after Scarlatti

    Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort. Director: Roy Goodman.
    • Avison: 12 Concerti Grossi After Scarlatti: Brandenburg Consort/Goodman.
    • Hyperion.
    • 17-20.
  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Hubert Parry

      Songs of Farewell

      Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Martin Frost. Performer: Torleif Thedéen. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music played in reverse was Johann Strauss II's 'Voices of Spring' Waltz


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