Friday - Sarah Walker with James May
Sarah Walker's guest this week is writer and television presenter James May.
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Bach - Das wohltemperierte Klavier, Book II, Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), APARTÉ AP070. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.
Artist of the Week: Alfred Brendel.
Sarah's guest this week is James May, the writer and TV presenter best known as one of the trio of 'Top Gear' presenters alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. But there's more to James than his macho image would suggest - not many people know that he studied music at Lancaster University, and is a keen flautist and keyboard player who loves early music, as Sarah Walker will discover this week.
Sarah's Essential Choice:
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Luba Orgonasova (soprano)
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Gilles Cachemaille (bass)
The Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect
Answer: the connection was Preludes.
The music played:
Prelude in C, Book 1 No. 1
Jeno Jando (piano)
Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
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Prelude (Fugue and Riffs)
Simon Rattle (conductor)
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