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Sarah Walker with English music across the ages

Sarah Walker looks at English music, high-brow and low-brow from across the ages.

Today Sarah Walker looks at English music, high-brow and low-brow from across the ages. She follows up the composer of the week who's just been featured on Radio 3 with more work by John Dowland, along with pieces by Thomas Tallis and Henry Purcell. But there's also a much more modern element, from 20th century composers who drew on the English folk and song tradition, including Lennox Berkeley, Benjamin Britten and Percy Grainger. This week's Sunday Escape is by Peteris Vasks.

2 hours, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Cantique de Jean Racine

    Performer: Graham Walker. Performer: Timothy Ravalde. Choir: Choir of St John's College. Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • Hear My Words.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.
  • Percy Grainger

    Lincolnshire Posy

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • Grainger: WOrks for Wind Orchestra.
    • Chandos.
    • 12.
  • Lennox Berkeley

    The Lord is my Shepherd

    Performer: Christopher Mitchell. Performer: Charles Harrison. Choir: Lincoln Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Aric Prentice.
    • Oh Be Joyful in the Lord.
    • Guild.
    • 6.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Violin Concerto in B flat

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Pergolesi: Stabat Mater etc..
    • Archiv.
    • 13.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Romeo et Juliette: Queen Mab Scherzo

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Berlioz: Romeo & Juliette.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 012.
  • Richard Wagner

    Faust Overture

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Gerdes.
    • Wagner - Overtures & Preludes.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 003.
  • Ronald Binge

    The Watermill

    Orchestra: Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu. Conductor: Ernest Tomlinson.
    • Binge: Elizabethan Serenade, etc..
    • Marco Polo.
    • 13.
  • Träd

    The Miller of the Dee; At the Mid Hour of Night

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Mark Padmore.
    • Britten: Before Life and After.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 001.
  • Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger


    Performer: Matthew Wadsworth.
    • Late Night Lute.
    • Duex-Elles.
    • 15.
  • John Dowland

    Mr Dowland's Midnight

    Performer: Matthew Wadsworth.
    • Late Night Lute.
    • Duex-Elles.
    • 17.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Trio in G minor Op. 17: iv. Allegretto

    Ensemble: Storioni Trio.
    • Piano Trios: Storioni Trio.
    • ARS Production.
    • 4.
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal: Symphonic Synthesis Act III

    Music Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • Wagner Symphonic Syntheses.
    • Naxos.
    • 5.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Song Without Words in E Op. 30 No. 3

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 9.
  • Traditional Penillion

    Penillion Songs: i. Song of the Sea Captain, ii. Invitation to Dyddgu

    Performer: Osian Ellis. Music Arranger: Osian Ellis.
    • Osian Ellis: Songs with Harp.
    • Australia Eloquence.
    • 023.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    La Clemenza di Tito: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto

    Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: Bernhard Forck.
    • Gluck Italian Arias.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Violin Sonata in G major ii. Blues

    Performer: Leila Josefowicz. Performer: John Novacek.
    • Josefowicz Recital.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 8.
  • Peteris Vasks

    White Scenery: Winter

    Performer: Alessandro Stella.
    • Midwinter Spring.
    • KHA.
    • 19.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 3 in F: iii. Allegretto

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Marin Alsop, Brahms: Symphony No.3, etc..
    • Naxos.
    • 3.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Loquebantur variis linguis

    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Ensemble: The Sixteen.
    • An Immortal Legacy.
    • Coro.
    • 17.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O Nata Lux

    Ensemble: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • An Immortal Legacy.
    • Coro.
    • 15.
  • Henry Purcell

    Music for a while

    Performer: Jory Vinikour. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • Music For a While: Baroque Melodies.
    • Archiv.
    • 13.
  • Bernardo Storace


    Performer: Jory Vinikour.
    • Music for a while: Baroque melodies.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 9.
  • Anonymous


    Performer: Kronos Quartet. Ensemble: Trio Da Kali.
    • Ladilikan.
    • World Circuit.
    • 001.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    March Militaire Francaise

    Orchestra: Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Orchestral Works.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Michael East

    O Metaphysical Tobacco

    Choir: Purcell Consort of Voices.
    • The Tudors.
    • Decca.
    • 9.


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