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Wednesday - 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: Rachmaninov: Suite No 2, Op 17.

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 and identify who is singing.

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.
Sergei Rachmaninov
Suite No. 2 for two pianos, Op. 17
Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire (pianos).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Orlando Gibbons

    Ground, MB 26

    Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu No 4 in E flat major, D 899

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • No CD details.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... English Madrigals

    • Orlando Gibbons

      The Silver Swan

      Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqua. Conductor: Philip Ledger.
      • ALTO.
    • Thomas Morley

      Now is the month of maying

      Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqua. Conductor: Philip Ledger.
      • ALTO.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne (In London town) - overture (Op.40)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Concert Overture, Op 12

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Helios.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sweeter than Roses

    Performer: Anthony Rooley. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
  • John Bird's Choice No. 1

    • Richard Wagner

      Tannhauser – Pilgrim’s Chorus

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Ensemble: Vienna state opera.
      • DECCA.
  • John Bird's Choice No. 2

    • Trad.

      The Keel Row

      Singer: Kathleen Ferrier.
      • DECCA.
  • Aaron Copland

    Billy The Kid: extract

    Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony.
    • RCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Christopher Hogwood

    • Bohuslav Martinu

      Concerto in D major for two violins and orchestra, H329

      Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Performer: Bohuslav Matoušek. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Jennifer Koh.
      • HYPERION.
  • John Adams

    Tromba Lantana; Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Performer: San Francisco Symphony. Performer: Edo de Waart.
  • John Adams

    Two Fanfares for Orchestra: Tromba Lantana and Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
  • Essential Choice

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17

      Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Les nuits d'été

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • NAIVE.

Mystery Voice

The answer:
Duke Orsino from Shakespeare's Twelth Night


The music played:


If Music Be the Food of Love  
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Christopher Hogwood (spinet)
Richard Campbell (viola da gamba)


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