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Monday - Sarah Walker with Ben Okri

Discover definitive recordings of classical music with your trusted guide, Sarah Walker. Her guest is author Ben Okri.

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 author Ben Okri. Ben shot to literary fame when his novel The Famished Road won the 1991 Man Booker Prize, making him the youngest ever recipient at the time. Ben grew up in Nigeria and London surrounded by his father's impressive personal library and published his first novel aged 19. Ben's writing often touches on magical themes, while also dealing with the big questions of life. As well as discussing his writing and his life, throughout the week Ben will be sharing some of his favourite classical music by composers including Pergolesi, Tchaikovsky and Samuel Akpabot.

Music on Location: Wales
This week Sarah explores music connected with Wales, starting with a selection of traditional Welsh songs sung by Osian Ellis, who accompanies himself on the harp.

Proms Artist of the Week: Christian Tetzlaff
Sarah's Proms Artist of the Week is the German violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Tetzlaff has long been regarded as one of the world's leading violinists, breathing fresh life into the classics and championing new works. He's been Artist in Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic and he's appeared regularly as a guest with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Tetzlaff appears at the BBC Proms tomorrow (15th August), playing Berg's Violin Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati. This week Sarah has chosen Tetzlaff's recordings of concertante works by Mozart, Szymanowski and Dvorak, as well as chamber music by Schumann and Brahms.

Piano Trio No 3 in C minor, Op 101
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
Lars Vogt (piano).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Trad. Welsh

    Men of Harlech

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: The Black Mountain Chorus. Orchestra: The Orchestra Of Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Gareth Jones.
    • DG.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Essercizii musici: Trio 7 in F

    Performer: Mogens Rasmussen. Performer: Anders Modigh. Performer: Leif Meyer. Director: Dan Laurin.
    • BIS.
  • Percy Grainger

    Mock Morris

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Othello Overture

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • LPO.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G minor, Kk.12

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • BIS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Scherzando No.5 in E major Hob. 2/37

    Ensemble: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

    Choir: Beecham Choral Society. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem: I. Introit

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS.
  • Chevalier de Saint Georges

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.3 No.1: III. Rondeau

    Performer: Qian Zhou. Orchestra: Toronto Camerata. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • NAXOS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne: 'Let Rolling Streams'

    Singer: Robin Blaze. Singer: George Michael. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • WARNER.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Eternal Source of Light Divine (Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne)

    Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Performer: David Blackadder. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Trio No.3 in C minor

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Performer: Tanja Tetzlaff. Performer: Lars Vogt.
    • ONDINE.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece played in reverse was one of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances


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