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Thursday - 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: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto 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:
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Yuja Wang (piano)
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzona No 14 à 10

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Archiv.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Juliette Hurel. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Karl Davydov

    By the Fountain, Op 20 No 2

    Performer: Colin Stone. Performer: Leonid Gorokhov.
    • Olympia.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 1054

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Orchestra: Les Violons du Roy. Conductor: Bernard Labadie.
    • Virgin.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Spiegel im Spiegel

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • EMI.
  • Gabriel Pierné

    Canzonetta, Op 19

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • Chandos.
  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt.
    • EMI.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake (Swan Theme)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
    • DG.
  • William Walton

    Violin Sonata

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Chandos.
  • Stainer

    God so loved the World

    Performer: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Performer: Graham Ross (conductor).
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Mass of Thanksgiving: Gloria a 7

    Ensemble: Taverner Consort and Players. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.
    • EMI.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Gondolier's Song (Gondellied)

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG.
  • Boismortier

    Sonata in G major for bassoon and continuo, Op. 50 No. 2: Largo

    Performer: Peter Whelan (bassoon). Performer: Ensemble Marsyas.
    • LINN.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor

    Performer: Yuja Wang. Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • DG.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ballo: Volgendo il ciel - No. 2 Movete al mio bel suon le piante snelle

    Performer: Arcangelo. Performer: Jonathan Cohen (director).
  • Louis Spohr

    Clarinet Concerto No. 4 in E minor

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Kenneth Sillito.
    • EMI.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who am I?

Odette/Odile - the Swan Princess in Tchaikovsky’s ballet `Swan Lake’, and her double, daughter of the magician Rothbart. The two complementary roles are usually danced by the same ballerina.


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