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Monday - Sarah Walker with John Bird

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love English Madrigals; Artist of the Week: Christopher Hogwood; Sarah's Essential Choice: Bach: Four Orchestral Suites.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... English madrigals.' Throughout the week Sarah makes the case for English madrigals, showcasing music by Thomas Weelkes, John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons and William Byrd.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to a musical story and tell us what happens next.

Sarah's guest this week, sharing his favourite classical music every day at 10am, is the inspirational social entrepreneur John Bird. Having spent his own childhood and teenage years in an orphanage, on the streets and in prison, in 1991 John launched The Big Issue, a magazine sold by people who are homeless and long-term unemployed. John has been awarded an MBE for services to the homeless.

This week's featured artist is Christopher Hogwood, who died in September. A leading figure of the early music revival and the founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, conductor, keyboard player and musicologist Hogwood worked with leading symphony orchestras and opera houses across the world. He was also passionate about the music of the 19th and 20th centuries, and had a worldwide reputation for his combination of musicianship and scholarship.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

Bach's 4 Orchestral Suites.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Forlane (Orchestral Suite No.1 in C Major)

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Director: Petra Müllejans. Director: Gottfried von der Goltz.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Two Concert Studies

    Music Arranger: Franz Liszt. Performer: John Ogdon.
  • 5 Reasons to love... English Madrigals

    • Thomas Weelkes

      Hark all ye lovely saints

      Conductor: Anthony Rooley. Ensemble: Consort of Musicke.
      • ASV.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor

    Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio.
  • Aaron Copland

    Rodeo: Corral Nocturne

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Decca.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Aaron Copland

    The concluding songs from Copland's 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson

  • John Bird's Choice No. 1

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Rigoletto: La Donna e Mobile

      Singer: Enrico Caruso.
      • PEARL GEMM.
  • John Bird's Choice No. 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Eroica: Allegro con Brio

      Performer: Academy of Ancient Music. Performer: Christopher Hogwood.
      • L'oiseau-lyre.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Allemande BWV 819a

    Performer: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
  • Artist of the Week: Christopher Hogwood

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Horn Concerto No 3 in E flat major, K 447

      Performer: Anthony Halstead. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
      • L’OISEAU-LYRE.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No 1 in G minor, Op 23

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
  • Essential Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor

      Director: Petra Müllejans. Director: Gottfried von der Goltz. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
  • John Adams

    Chairman Dances

    Conductor: Edo de Waart. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony.
  • Nicola Porpora

    Alto Giove (Polifemo)

    Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • ERATO.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Nocturne - from the Suite from King Christian II

    Performer: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Petri Sakari.
    • Chandos.
  • Sibelius

    Nocturne, Suite from King Christian II, Op. 27

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Petri Sakari.

Classical Consequences

One day Aaron Copland was in a bookshop when he noticed a woman buying 2 books – a volume of Shakespeare and his own What To Listen For In Music. As she turned to leave, he asked “Would you like me to autograph your book?” What happened next?”


She turned to him and asked – "Which one?"



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