Thursday -Sarah Walker
The fourth and final week of Radio 3's Baroque Spring concludes with Sarah Walker, and her guest, the poet Craig Raine.
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Rossini Overtures by the Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.
A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Baroque Spring Artist of the Week, Jordi Savall, one of the true pioneers of early music performance plus another Baroque Bite from Simon Heighes
This week Sarah Walker is joined by British poet Craig Raine who, together with Christopher Reid, is the best-known exponent of the movement known as Martian poetry. A former Fellow of New College, Oxford, he is now Emeritus Professor, and is also founder and editor of the literary magazine Areté. His works include a number of poetry collections, including The Onion, Memory (1978), A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (1979), and Clay. Whereabouts Unknown (1996). His reviews and essays are collected in two anthologies: Haydn and the Valve Trumpet (1990) and In Defence of T. S. Eliot (2000). Most recently, he has collaborated with composer Michael Berkelely, writing the libretto for an operatic adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, Atonement.
11am: Sarah's Essential Choice
Britten: Spring Symphony, Op. 44
Alison Hagley (soprano)
Catherine Robbin (mezzo-soprano)
John-Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
DG 459 509
Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV 514
Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola (violins)
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (conductor)
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