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.
Suite No. 2 for two pianos, Op. 17
Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire (pianos).
5 Reasons to Love... English Madrigals
John Bird's Choice No. 1
John Bird's Choice No. 2
Artist of the Week: Christopher Hogwood
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)