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Tuesday - 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 today's musical challenge: listen to the three clues and identify a mystery musical person.

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.

Music on Location: Wales
This week Sarah explores music connected with Wales, focusing today on the 20th-century Welsh composer William Mathias, renowned for his choral and organ works.

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 this evening (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.

Violin Concerto No 1
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Vienna Philharmonic
Pierre Boulez (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Colas Breugnon: Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Isaac Albéniz


    • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Married Beau Suite

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Singer: Joy Roberts. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La parade

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Regina Caeli

    Choir: Allmänna Sången. Conductor: Maria Goundorina.
    • BIS.
  • Richard Wagner

    Wesendonck-Lieder: III. Im Treibhaus

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Ensemble: Quatuor Schumann.
    • AEON.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade in E minor for strings, Op 20

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • TELDEC.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorale Prelude BWV671 'Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist'

    Performer: Stephen Cleobury.
    • KINGS.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition: Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuyle; Market at Limoges

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Violin concerto in B flat major

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • ARCHIV.
  • William Mathias

    Ave verum corpus

    Performer: Jonathan Vaughn. Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Matthew Owens.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Violin Concerto No. 1

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

The conductor and organist Stephen Cleobury


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