Sarah Walker, Valentina Lisitsa, Tippett Quartet
Sean Rafferty's guests today include 70th birthday girl mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker CBE, whose stunning voice and sparkling charisma have firmly secured her place among the great British singers of the last half-century. Who can forget her dazzling appearance at the 1989 Last Night of the Proms?
Live music from Ukrainian-born YouTube sensation, pianist Valentina Lisitsa marking the release of her new Rachmaninov recording and the Tippett String Quartet play live in the studio and discuss the new Barnes Music Festival.
As part of Baroque Spring for Comic Relief, Beastly Baroque. Eavesdrop on the extra-musical difficulties encountered by Bach, Lully, Monteverdi, Purcell and Handel, as Simon Russell Beale stars as five of the greatest Baroque composers. Fun family listening, also featuring Felicity Duncan, Philip Pope, and Mitch Benn.
2/5 'Lully the Bully' - No one gets in the way of the Sun King's favourite property-speculating composer until he loses control of his pole.
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