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Wednesday - 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 music and name the two composers associated with it.

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. Today she's showcasing the country's best-known contemporary composer, Huw Watkins.

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 week (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.

Romance in F minor
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Songs without Words, Book I, Op.19 No.3 in A 'Hunting Song'

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata a 22 S.241 [1615 no.20]

    Ensemble: Berlin Brass. Director: Lucas Vis.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasy Pieces, Op.73

    Performer: Heinrich Schiff. Performer: Gerhard Oppitz.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Stéphane Denève.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Trad.

    Sail on, sail on

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Ailish Tynan.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Judith Weir


    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Ailish Tynan.
    • Signum Classics.
  • Cecil Coles

    Behind the Lines

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • HELIOS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto Op. 3 No. 11 in D minor (RV 565)

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • CHANNEL.
  • Richard Wagner

    Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: George Szell.
    • CBS.
  • Alexander Borodin

    String Quartet No.2 in D major (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations on 'Rule Britannia', WoO 79

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Beethoven: Variations: Cedric Tiberghien.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 3.
  • Huw Watkins

    Three Auden Songs

    Performer: Huw Watkins. Singer: Mark Padmore.
    • NMC.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Romance in F minor, Op 11

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Dvorak Violin Concerto.
    • Ondine.
    • 5.
  • William Byrd

    Ave verum corpus (Gradualia Vol 1)

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Director: Martin Baker.
    • Byrd: The Three Masses; Ave Verum Corpus.
    • Hyperion.
    • 19.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The two composers were Vivaldi and Bach. We heard the opening of Bach’s Organ Concerto in D minor BWV 596, which is an adaptation of Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto Op 3 No 11


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