Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Friday - Sarah Walker with Richard Bacon

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Imogen Holst conducts Gustav Holst, English Chamber Orchestra: LYRITA SRCD223. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artists of the Week: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

Sarah's guest this week is the charismatic and versatile radio and television presenter, Richard Bacon. After a spell on Blue Peter, he went on to co-present Channel 4's Big Breakfast. He has also presented Top of the Pops, and has guest-presented The Wright Stuff and This Morning, as well as radio drive-time shows on Xfm and Capital FM. He currently hosts the mid-afternoon slot on Radio 5 Live, and the ITV daytime game show, Show Me the Telly.

Richard admits to being a novice when it comes to classical music, but is eager to discover more about it. So, he's asking listeners from Radio 5Live and Radio 3 to suggest works that would help him on his musical journey.

18th Century Season: 15 Georgian Pleasures. Suzy Klein talks to conductor Christian Curnyn to introduce
The Creation: 'Praise the Lord'
Gabrieli Consort and Players
Paul McCreesh (conductor).

3 hours

Last on

Fri 2 May 2014 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Pastoral.


The music played:


Pastoral Symphony (Pifa) from Messiah
Tavener Players
Andrew Parrott (director)


Suite Pastorale (2nd mvmt Danse villageoise)
Ulster Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)


5th movement Allegretto - Symphony 6 'Pastoral'
London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
LSO LSO0582    


Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Guest Choices

Hear the classical music chosen by our guests in full via the BBC Playlister

Essential Choices on BBC Playlister - archive.

Essential Choices Promo

Explore the Essential Choices via BBC Playlister as chosen by Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker.