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Tuesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Rossini Overtures; Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall; Sarah's Essential Choice: Walton: Belshazzar's Feast.

The fourth and final week of Radio 3's Baroque Spring concludes with Sarah Walker, and her guest, the poet Craig Raine.

9am
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.

9.30-10.30am
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.

10.30am
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

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
Bryn Terfel (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)
WARNER APEX 27443942

11:43am
Beethoven: Fantasy in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra Op.80
Maurizio Pollini (piano)
Gabriele Lechner and Gretchen Eder (sopranos)
Elisabeth Mach (contralto)
Jorge Pita and Andreas Esders (tenors)
Gerhard Eder (bass)
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
DG 4790913 CD 3 TRACKS 4-9.

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    What Cheer?

    Performers: Voces 8

    • SIGNUM SIGCD291.
  • Edward Elgar

    Give unto the Lord

    Performers: St John's Choir Cambridge, Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Christopher Robinson (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.557288.
  • 9.10: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Gioachino Rossini

      Il Turco in Italia: Overture

      Performers: Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 4880022.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet Op. 103

    Performers: Edding Quartet

    • ETCETERA KTC1379.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Critics' Corner

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Jordi Savall

    • Andrea Falconiero

      Battaglia de Barabasso yerno de Satanas

      Performers: Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall (conductor)

      • ALIA VOX AV9815.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude No. 5 in G minor; Prelude No. 6 in E flat

    Performers: Howard Shelley (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA 66081.
  • Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner (conductor)

  • 10.02: Artist of the Week - Jordi Savall

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Zoroastre: Orchestral Suite

      Performers: Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (conductor)

      • ALIA VOX 9882.
  • 10.30: Craig Raine's Choices

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky': Allegro

      Performers: Quartetto Italiano

      • PHILIPS 4207972.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah: "How beautiful are the feet"

    Performers: Sylvia McNair (soprano), Academy of Saint-Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 4346952.
  • Federico Mompou

    Impresiones Intimas 'Planys' Nos 3-6

    Performers: Federico Mompou (piano)

    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 6515.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • William Walton

      Belshazzar's Feast

      Performers: Bryn Terfel (baritone), BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Andrew Davis (conductor)

      • WARNER APEX 27443942.
  • Anon.

    Sarabande Italienne

    Performers: Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall (conductor)

    • ALIA VOX AV9815.
  • 11.40am

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Fantasy in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, Op. 80

      Performers: Maurizio Pollini (piano), Gabriele Lechner and Gretchen Eder (sopranos), Elisabeth Mach (contralto), Jorge Pita and Andreas Esders (tenors), Gerhard Eder (bass), Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      • DG 4790913.

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