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Thursday -Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Rossini Overtures; Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall; Sarah's Essential Choice: Britten: Spring Symphony.

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

Britten: Spring Symphony, Op. 44
Alison Hagley (soprano)
Catherine Robbin (mezzo-soprano)
John-Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral
Monteverdi Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
DG 459 509

11.49am
Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV 514
Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola (violins)
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon (conductor)
ARCHIV 477 7466.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten - Gloriana, Op. 53 Act I Scene I: Prelude

    Performers: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Charles Mackerras (conductor)

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op. 60

    Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

    • DG 4776623.
  • LASSUS

    Lamentations of Jeremiah, Jeudi Saint: Lamentatio tertia, primi diei

    Performers: Ensemble Vocal European, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMA 1951299.
  • 9.20: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Gioachino Rossini

      Le siege de Corinthe: Overture

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

      • PHILIPS 4880022.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      What am I?

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Jordi Savall

    • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

      Missa Bruxellensis: Sanctus

      Performers: La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (conductor)

      • ALIA VOX 9808.
  • Glinka (arr. Balakirev)

    The Lark

    Performers: Evgeny Kissin (piano)

    • RCA 09026638842.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture in D major, Op. 27

    Performers: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur (conductor)

    • BERLIN CLASSICS 9157.
  • 10.10: Artist of the Week - Jordi Savall

    • François-André Danican Philidor / Pierre Danican Philidor

      Les Musiques Royales de 1634 à 1650

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

      • ALIA VOX 9824.
  • 10.30: Craig Raine's Choices

    • Gioachino Rossini

      La Gazza Ladra: Overture

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      • DG 419869 .
  • Gustav Mahler

    Kindertotenlieder: In diesem Wetter

    Performers: Brigitte Fassbinder (mezzo soprano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 473725.
  • Percy Grainger

    English Waltz

    Performers: Penelope Thwaites (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10638(19).
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Benjamin Britten - Spring Symphony, Op. 44

      Performers: Alison Hagley (soprano), Catherine Robbin (mezzo-soprano), John-Mark Ainsley (tenor), Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral, Monteverdi Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

  • André Danican Philidor

    Branle en Faubourdon; Gaillarde en Suite

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

    • ALIA VOX 9824.
  • 11.47am

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, strings & continuo, RV 514

      Performers: Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola (violins), Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon (conductor)

      • ARCHIV 4777466.

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