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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with John Bird

With Sarah Walker. Five Reasons to Love English Madrigals; Artist of the Week: Christopher Hogwood; Sarah's Essential Choice: Tippett: Ritual Dances (The Midsummer Marriage).

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: spot the theme linking three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth.

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.

This week's Essential Choices are all inspired by dance.
Michael Tippett
The Midsummer Marriage: Ritual Dances
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Richard Hickox (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    Stick Dance (Romanian Folk Dances)

    Performer: James Ehnes. Music Arranger: Zoltán Székely.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in C major, Op 6 No 10

    Ensemble: The Brandenburg Consort. Director: Roy Goodman.
  • 5 Reasons to love... English Madrigals

    • William Byrd

      Though Amaryllis dance in green

      Choir: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
      • GIMELL.
  • George Gershwin

    Variations on 'I got rhythm' for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Earl Wild. Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
  • Artist of the Week: Christopher Hogwood

    • William Byrd

      My Ladye Nevell’s Booke: My Ladye Nevell’s Grownde

      Performer: Christopher Hogwood.
      • L’OISEAU-LYRE.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • EMI.
  • Trad.

    Blow The Wind Southerly

    Singer: Kathleen Ferrier.
    • DECCA.
  • John Bird's Choice No. 1

    • Johannes Brahms

      Academic Festival Overture, Op.80

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli.
      • EMI.
  • John Bird's Choice No. 2

    • Hildegard von Bingen

      Eleven Thousand Virgins (extract) - Responsery: Spiritui Sancto

  • Robert Schumann

    Curiose Gesichte, No. 2 from Kinderszenen, Op 15

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
  • Artist of the Week: Christopher Hogwood

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in D Major for 3 Violins

      Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music.
      • L’OISEAU-LYRE.
  • Henry Purcell

    Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D Major Z. 232

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Choir. Choir: Collegium Vocale Choir. Orchestra: Collegium Vocale Orchestra. Orchestra: Collegium Vocale Orchestra. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Essential Choice

    • Michael Tippett

      The Midsummer Marriage (Ritual Dances)

      Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

    Ensemble: Talich Quartet.

Find the Fourth

The answer: wind

The music played:


Introdutction from Snow Maiden Suite
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)


An Evening Hymn "Now that the sun hath veiled his light" Z193
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Christopher Hogwood (organ)
Anthony Rooley (lute)
Richard Campbell (viola da gamba)
Catherine Mackintosh (violin)


Prelude No. 15 in D flat, from 24 Preludes op. 28
Evgeny Kissin (piano)


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