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Sarah Walker with an enticing musical mix

Sarah Walker chooses three hours of attractive and uplifting music to complement your morning and puts a musical spin on events.

Sarah Walker chooses three hours of attractive and uplifting music to complement your morning, and puts a musical spin on events.

Sarah finds the gravitas of a coronation sparks a moving outburst by Handel, while swallows in flight inspire two very different kinds of folk music.

How does a singer manage to communicate feelings of both purity and angst? Soprano Karita Mattila has the answers in a piece where Bach and Brasil come together - a gorgeous song by Villa-Lobos.

Also, baroque star composer Barbara Strozzi has some cheeky words for the naked goddess Venus and there’s a beautiful balance of emotions in a symphony by Mozart’s friend Michael Haydn.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

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3 hours, 1 minute

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the priest, HWV 258

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Simon Preston.
    • Handel: Coronation Anthems: Choir of Westminster Abbey/English Concert/Pinnock/P.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Sonata No. 39 in D, Hob XVI:24

    Performer: Denis Kozhukhin.
    • ONYX.
  • Trad.


    Music Arranger: Petter Udland Johansen. Ensemble: Hirundo Maris.
    • ECM.
  • Trad.

    She's like the swallow

    Music Arranger: Bob Chilcott. Choir: Tenebrae Consort. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Fair Melusina

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • David Briggs

    Improvisation on Baa-Baa, Black Sheep (Finale)

    Performer: David Briggs.
    • David Briggs Improvisations.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quintet in E flat major, K 614 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Philip Dukes. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Mozart: String Quintets; Nash Ensemble, Philip Dukes.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Bachiana brasileira No 5

    Director: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Singer: Karita Mattila.
    • Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No.5.
    • Phillips.
    • 2.
  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Sonata X in G minor B.g10 detta 'Didona abandonata'

    Performer: Evgeny Sviridov. Performer: Stanislav Gres. Performer: Davit Melkonyan.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Flute Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 - I - Moderato

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • WARNER.
  • Peter Warlock

    Capriol Suite

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Studt.
    • Naxos.
  • Christina Pluhar

    Turluru (Bergamasca)

    Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata.
    • Alpha.
  • Christina Pluhar

    Caballo Viejo (Pasaje) and Alma Llanera (Joropo)

    Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata.
    • Erato.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Les vêpres siciliennes (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
    • Italian Opera Overtures.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Le tre grazie a Venere

    Ensemble: Musica Secreta.
    • La Virtuosissima Cantatrice - The vocal music of Barbara Strozzi (1619 - c.1665).
    • AMON RA.
    • 3.
  • Michael Haydn

    Symphony No. 16 in A major, P.6

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Joni Mitchell

    Comes Love

    • RHINO.
  • Chick Corea

    Children's Songs, No 6

    Performer: Chick Corea.
    • Chick Corea: Children's Songs.
    • ECM.
    • 6.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • SONY.
  • Alun Hoddinott

    Folk-song suite for small orchestra

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Andrew Penny.
    • Welsh Classical Favourites: Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Penny.
    • Marco Polo.
    • 5-8.
  • Daniel Bacheler

    Pavane No 18

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg.
    • Nocturnal.
    • BIS.
    • 8.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Clarinet Concert No. 2 in E flat - III - Rondo alla polacca

    Performer: Martin Frost. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • BIS.


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