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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)

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Fri 14 Feb 2014 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

Answer: the connection was Preludes.

The music played:

Prelude in C, Book 1 No. 1
Jeno Jando (piano)
NAXOS 8553796      

Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
PHILIPS 416 444 2    

Prelude (Fugue and Riffs)
London Sinfonietta
Simon Rattle (conductor)
EMI CDC 747991 2 

Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Putting pieces of music in their historical context.

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Masterworks of modern music.

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Hear the classical music chosen by our guests on the BBC Music website