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Friday - Sarah Walker with Ben Okri

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

Rob 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 work out the classical source of this pop song?

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 exploring Beethoven's arrangements of traditional Welsh folk songs.

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 Concerto No 1 in B flat major, K 207
Christian Tetzlaff (violin/director)
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Gabriel Pierné

    Canzonetta, Op 19

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • Chandos.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Trumpet Concerto in D major

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Iona Brown.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 in D flat major

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin, Act I: Prelude

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • TELDEC.
  • Frank Bridge

    Cherry ripe

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

    Performer: Evgeny Kissin. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix

    Singer: Olga Borodina. Singer: José Cura. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • ERATO.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Requiem. In Paradisum

    Orchestra: La Chapelle Royale. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude'

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • EMI.
  • Robert Schumann

    Kinderszenen: Kind im Einschlummern (Child falling asleep)  

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DECCA.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Toccata in D minor, BuxWV 155

    Performer: Christopher Herrick.
    • Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works - 2, Christopher Herrick, Organ of Nidaros C.
    • Hyperion.
    • 19.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    25 Welsh Folk Songs, WoO 155: The Vale of Clwyd; The Monks of Bangor's march

    Performer: Alessandro Moccia. Performer: Jérôme Hantaï. Performer: Alix Verzier. Singer: Sophie Daneman. Singer: Paul Agnew. Singer: Peter Harvey.
    • NAIVE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No.1

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
    • ERATO.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Gigue in G major, K 574

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.

Musical Challenge: Classical Roots

The piece was 'Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix' from Saint-Saëns’s opera Samson et Dalila, which was used in the 1960 hit 'Night' sung by Jackie Wilson


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