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Friday - Sarah Walker with Greg Doran

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Svendsen's Norwegian Rhapsodies; Artists of the Week: Tenebrae, featured performing Poulenc's Mass in G.

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 person.

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: Norway
Sarah explores music which captures the sounds and heritage of Norway. Johann Svendsen - like many 19th-century Nordic composers - studied on the European continent, but his Norwegian Rhapsodies draw on Norwegian folk songs and fiddle tunes.

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.

Mass in G
Nigel Short (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Frank Bridge

      The Bee

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

    Rhapsodie in G minor, Op 79 No 2

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 11.
  • Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.3 No.1

    Performer: Zhou Qian. Orchestra: Toronto Camerata. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • NAXOS.
  • John Dowland

    Can she excuse my wrongs?

    Performer: Eric Bellocq. Singer: Damien Guillon.
    • ALPHA.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Musikalische Ergötzung, Suite in G Major, P. 450

    Ensemble: Gli Incogniti. Director: Amandine Beyer.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Waverley Overture, Op.1

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Nunc dimittis (All-Night Vigil)

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

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Si dolce è'l tormento

      Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
      • Monteverdi: Teatro d'Amore: L'Arpeggiata/Pluhar.
      • Virgin Classics.
      • 6.
  • Greg Doran's second choice

    • Richard Wagner

      Parsifal, Act III: 'Nur eine Waffe taugt' 

      Singer: René Kollo. Choir: Chor der Wiener Staatsoper. Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti.
      • DECCA.
  • Sarah's choice for Greg Doran

    • Robert Schumann

      Märchenbilder for violin and piano Op.113: IV. Langsam mit melancholischem Ausdruck

      Performer: Josef Suk. Performer: Jan Panenka.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Music on Location: Norway

    • Johan Svendsen

      Norwegian Rhapsody No 2

      Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • Svendsen: Orchestral Works, Vol.1: Thorsen, BPO, Jarvi.
      • Chandos.
      • 10.
  • Anders Hillborg

    Liquid Marble

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • ONDINE.
  • Jules Massenet

    La Vierge: Extase de la vierge "Rêve infini! Divine extase!"

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • ALPHA.
  • Artists of the Week: Tenebrae

    • Francis Poulenc

      Mass in G major

      Conductor: Nigel Short. Choir: Tenebrae.
      • Figure Humaine: Choral Works by Francis Poulenc.
      • Signum.
  • Erik Satie

    Trois Mélodies: No.1 Les Anges

    Performer: Reinbert de Leeuw. Singer: Barbara Hannigan.
    • Winter & Winter.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1&2 Zimerman/Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Ozawa.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 4.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

The mystery person was composer and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninov


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