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Wednesday - 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: Sibelius: Symphony No 3 in C.

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:
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Berglund (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Dowland

    Lady Hunsdon's Puffe

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • William Boyce

    Symphony No 2 in A major

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Lensky's Aria (Paraphrase from Eugene Onegin)

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Fantasie in F minor, Op 49

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • anon

    Back to the Beginning

    Conductor: anon.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: John Lenehan.
    • BIS.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Vienna Blood

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048

    Orchestra: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis a 8

    Performer: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and eight cellos

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Orchestra: Orchestre National de Radio France. Conductor: Heitor Villa‐Lobos.
    • EMI.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vespers: Blessed is the Man

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Signum.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude in A minor, Op. 10 No. 2

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini (piano).
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • Disky Classics.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pantomime (Daphnis et Chloé)

    Performer: Roman Rabinovich. Music Arranger: Roman Rabinovich.
    • Orchid.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Alma virgo mater, WoO 21

    Singer: Susan Gritton. Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chaconne.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Oboe Sonata in B flat major, HWV 357

    Performer: Alexandra Bellamy (oboe). Performer: Robert King (harpsichord). Performer: Jonathan Cohen (cello).

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Back to the Beginning

The music played:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock (conductor)
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