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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Greg Doran

With Sarah Walker. Musical challenge; Music on Location: Telemann Paris Quartets (second set); Artists of the Week: Tenebrae, featured peforming Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia.

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 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: Paris
In 1737 Telemann travelled from Hamburg to Paris to oversee the publication of some of his works and to make the acquaintance of the musical personalities of this culturally exuberant city. He was already well known to Parisian audiences and he was especially well received by the Parisian virtuosi who had been urging him to visit for some time. It is believed that, during his stay, Telemann composed and premiered his second set of Paris Quartets with these Parisian virtuosi, possibly playing alongside them.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of Schubert's Moment musical D.780 No.3 in F minor, in performances by András Schiff (on a fortepiano) and Maria João Pires.

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.

Hymn to St Cecilia
Nigel Short (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Faust: Act II Waltz

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • MERCURY.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Romance in B flat

    Performer: Sara Trickey. Performer: Daniel Tong.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in B flat major, K 270

    Ensemble: Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Teldec.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya: Prelude

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
  • Béla Bartók

    Sonatina (on Transylvanian Peasant Themes)

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Joachim Raff

    Prelude to Shakespeare's The Tempest

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Humoresque No 5 in E flat major, Op 89

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
    • Prokofiev & Sibelius - Violin Concertos.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 9.
  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams


      Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Greg Doran's first choice

    • John Blow

      Venus and Adonis: Adonis, Uncall'd for Sighs 

      Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Singer: Gerald Finley. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Greg Doran's second choice

    • Benjamin Britten

      Six Metamorphoses after Ovid (Niobe)

      Performer: George Caird.
  • Greg Doran's third choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Daphne: Moonlight music

      Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
      • DECCA.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Checkmate: Finale

    Orchestra: West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hans-Hubert Schönzeler.
    • Chandos.
  • Music on Location: Paris

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      'Paris' Quartet No. 1 in D major, TWV 43:D3

      Ensemble: Florilegium.
      • CHANNEL.
  • DOuble take

    • Franz Schubert

      Moment musicaux D.780 No.3 in F minor

      Performer: Sir András Schiff.
      • ECM.
    • Franz Schubert

      Moment musicaux in F minor, D.780 no.3

      Performer: Maria João Pires.
      • DG.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Caprice viennois, Op 2

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Péter Nagy.
    • Favourite Encores: Kavakos/Nagy.
    • Delos.
    • 9.
  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Benjamin Britten

      Hymn to St Cecilia

      Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
    • Joby Talbot

      Path of Miracles: Leon

      Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No.1 in B flat major, Op.38 'Spring'

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The two musicians involved were Vaughan Williams and Sibelius. The music was part of the opening movement of Vaughan Williams's 5th Symphony, which he dedicated to Sibelius.


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