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Friday - Sarah Walker with Richard Bacon

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Imogen Holst conducts Gustav Holst; Orchestra of the 18th Century; 15 Georgian Pleasures: Haydn: Praise the Lord (The Creation).

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Imogen Holst conducts Gustav Holst, English Chamber Orchestra: LYRITA SRCD223. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artists of the Week: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

Sarah's guest this week is the charismatic and versatile radio and television presenter, Richard Bacon. After a spell on Blue Peter, he went on to co-present Channel 4's Big Breakfast. He has also presented Top of the Pops, and has guest-presented The Wright Stuff and This Morning, as well as radio drive-time shows on Xfm and Capital FM. He currently hosts the mid-afternoon slot on Radio 5 Live, and the ITV daytime game show, Show Me the Telly.

Richard admits to being a novice when it comes to classical music, but is eager to discover more about it. So, he's asking listeners from Radio 5Live and Radio 3 to suggest works that would help him on his musical journey.

18th Century Season: 15 Georgian Pleasures. Suzy Klein talks to conductor Christian Curnyn to introduce
The Creation: 'Praise the Lord'
Gabrieli Consort and Players
Paul McCreesh (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude in F minor, op.25 no.2

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Testament.
  • Gustav Holst

    Fugal Concerto for flute, oboe and strings, Op 40 No 2

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Imogen Holst.
    • Lyrita.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Egmont, Op 84 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6 No 12

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • Glossa.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La Valse

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Suite Pastorale (3rd mvt, Sous-bois)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (Pt 1, Nos 20-29)

    Singer: Nico van der Meel. Singer: Kristinn Sigmundsson. Singer: Mona Julsrud. Singer: Claudia Schubert. Singer: Ian Bostridge. Singer: Harry van der Kamp. Choir: Netherlands Chamber Choir. Choir: Member of the Boys' Choir of St Bavo Cathedral. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • Philips.
  • Michael Thomas

    Harold in Islington

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Silva.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E flat major, Op 55 No 2

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Sabre Dance (Gayane)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Aram Khachaturian.
    • Decca.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella, Act 2

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Leclair

    Sarabanda, from Deuxieme recreation de musique, op.8

    Performer: The Four Nations Ensemble.
    • EMI.
  • Leclair

    Sarabanda, from Deuxieme recreation de musique, op.8

    Performer: The Four Nations Ensemble.
    • ORCHID.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Pastoral.


The music played:


Pastoral Symphony (Pifa) from Messiah
Tavener Players
Andrew Parrott (director)


Suite Pastorale (2nd mvmt Danse villageoise)
Ulster Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)


5th movement Allegretto - Symphony 6 'Pastoral'
London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
LSO LSO0582    



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