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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Michael Boyd

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Fantasy - A Night at the Opera, with Emmanuel Pahud; Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little; Sarah's Essential Choice: Brahms: String Sextet No 2.

with Sarah Walker and her guest, the theatre director Michael Boyd.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Fantasy ? A Night at the Opera, Emmanuel Pahud, EMI. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little.

2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, and Sarah's guest this week is the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Sir Michael Boyd. Michael trained as a director in Moscow, before joining the Sheffield Crucible as an Associate Director, and becoming the founding Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. He joined the RSC in 1996, staging the three parts of Henry VI together with Richard III at the Young Vic, as part of the This England: The Histories cycle. He assumed control of the RSC in 2003, burdened with a deficit of £2.8m, with a remit to turn its fortunes around. He ran a year-long Complete Works of Shakespeare Festival and a London season at the Novello Theatre, and in 2007 he launched the long-awaited redevelopment of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Michael was knighted in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

Sarah's Essential Choice:
String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
Isabelle Faust & Julia-Maria Kretz (violins)
Stefan Fehlandt & Pauline Sachse (violas)
Christoph Richter & Xenia Jankovic (cellos)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Three-part Invention No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Decca.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto Fantasy for two flutes and orchestra

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Juliette Hurel. Music Arranger: Franz Doppler. Music Arranger: Karl Doppler. Orchestrator: Gamzou. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • EMI.
  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Etude-Caprices No. 5 in E major & No. 4 in A minor

    Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Igor Oistrakh.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Tragic Overture

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • anon

    Who's Singing?

    Conductor: anon.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Song of the Night, Op. 19

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Saul: "O Fatal Day!"

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Archiv.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces, Op.65: In Ballad Style; Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes (piano).
    • HMV.
  • Frederick Delius

    Violin Sonata in B, Op. posth.

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Conifer.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O nata lux de lumine

    Performer: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Performer: James O'Donnell (director).
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal: Feierlicher Marsch

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Music Arranger: Franz Liszt.
    • Philips.
  • Trad.

    Black is the colour; Rossignolet du bois; Azerbaijan Love Song

    Music Arranger: Luciano Berio. Singer: Cathy Berberian. Ensemble: Juilliard Ensemble. Conductor: Luciano Berio.
    • RCA.
  • Sweelinck

    Esce mars

    Performer: Robert Woolley (harpsichord).
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Sextet No. 2 in G major

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Julia-Maria Kretz. Performer: Stefan Fehlandt. Performer: Pauline Sachse. Performer: Christoph Richter. Performer: Xenia Jankovic.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • King Henry VIII of England

    Consort VIII

    Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (lute).
  • Antonio Salieri

    Sinfonia in D major, 'Il giorno onomastico'

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Chandos.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who's Singing?

The character singing was David, from Handel’s dramatic oratorio, Saul, and the singer was Andreas Scholl.

The music played:

Saul: “O Lord, whose mercies numberless”
Andreas Scholl (countertenor)
Gabrieli Players
Paul McCreesh (conductor)
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