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Sarah Walker with an inspiring musical mix

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

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

Sarah conjures up winter scenes with music by Debussy and Berlioz, and finds the plight of the snow hare illustrated in a haunting folk duet. Plus Vivaldi’s picture of winter as improvised by pianist Gabriela Montero.

There are plenty of moments of warmth too, in Beethoven’s second Romance for violin and orchestra, sweetly expressed by violinist Arthur Grumiaux, a dance from Delius’s North Country Sketches, and choral music for Advent by Judith Weir and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Plus a little Henry Mancini and Thad Jones to add a jazzy element to the mix.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

3 hours, 1 minute

Music Played

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Canite tuba (1572)

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Joseph Fort.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Improvisation on Vivaldi's Winter from The Four Seasons

    Composer: Gabriela Montero. Performer: Gabriela Montero.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance in F, Op. 50

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Orchestra: New Philhamonia Orchestra. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Hugo Alfvén

    Shepherd-Girl's Dance (The Mountain King)

    Performer: Christian Lindberg. Performer: Roland Pöntinen. Music Arranger: Christian Lindberg.
    • The Romantic Trombone.
    • Bis.
    • 7.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L'adieu des bergers from L'Enfance du Christ

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 No. 7 - Prelude (arr. for 2 harps)

    Performer: Alisa Sadikova. Performer: Isabelle Perrin.
  • Julie Fowlis

    The Snow Hare

    Composer: Karine Polwart. Performer: Julie Fowlis. Performer: Karine Polwart.
    • QUERCUS.
  • Claude Debussy

    The Snow is Dancing (Children's Corner)

    Performer: Simon Trpceski.
    • Debussy: Images/Children's Corner etc: Simon Trpceski.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op. 108

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in A minor - Presto

    Performer: Leigh Howard Stevens.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI - Passacaille

    Performer: Sophie Yates.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Cello Sonata

    Performer: Edgar Moreau. Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • ERATO.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 8 in D major, KV 48

    Orchestra: Danish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ádám Fischer.
    • DACAPO.
  • Henry Mancini

    Man meets Girl from Days of Wine and Roses

    Conductor: Henry Mancini.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Glorie sei Gott

    Choir: Apollo's Singers. Ensemble: Apollo’s Fire. Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell.
    • AVIE.
  • Nico Muhly

    Four Studies - Fast Canon

    Performer: Jennifer Chun. Performer: Angela Chun.
  • Frederic Lamond

    Aus dem Schottischen Hochlande, Op 4 [ From the Scottish Highlands]

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Hyperion.
  • Trad.

    On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at

    Conductor: Alyn Ainsworth. Orchestra: Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8 'Christmas Concerto'

    Ensemble: Onyx Brass.
  • Judith Weir

    Drop down, ye heavens, from above

    Choir: ORA. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
  • Thad Jones

    A Child is Born

    Performer: Geri Allen.
    • MOTEMA.
  • Frederick Delius

    North Country Sketches - III - Dance

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Fredrik Sjölin

    Shore and Polska from Dorotea

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • ECM.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hear My Prayer

    Performer: Silas Wollston. Singer: Andrea Cockerton. Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Richard Marlow.
  • Trad.

    While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham)

    Performer: Jon Boden.
    • Navigator Records.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring - II - Le Sacrifice

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.


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