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Thursday - 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: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

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 featuring the country's most notable female composer, Grace Williams.

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.

Violin Sonata No 1 in A minor, Op 105
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Lars Vogt (piano).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc

    L'embarquement pour Cythère

    Ensemble: Katia & Marielle Labèque.
    • Philips.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor, BWV 1060

    Performer: Alexei Ogrintchouk. Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS.
  • Pierre de la Rue

    O salutaris hostia

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Homage March (Sigurd Jorsalfar)

    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
    • Grieg: Symphonic Dances, etc.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 013.
  • Leonardo Vinci

    L'abbandono di Armida: "Nave altera che in mezzo all'onde"

    Singer: Ann Hallenberg. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Stefano Montanari.
  • Pierre Sancan


    Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Performer: Love Derwinger.
    • BIS.
  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Samuel Akpabot

    Scenes from Nigeria (Pastorale)

    Performer: Marcus Eley. Performer: Lucerne DeSa.
    • But Not Forgotten: Music by African-American Composers for clarinet and piano.
    • 6.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 5: II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • LPO.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pour les Degres Chromatiques (Etudes, Bk 2, no.7)

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Grace Williams

    Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Andrew Penny.
    • Welsh Classical Favourites: Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Penny.
    • Marco Polo.
  • Robert Schumann

    Violin Sonata No. 1

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

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The film was Disney's Fantasia, which used Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice


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