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Monday - Sarah Walker with Leanne Benjamin

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love British Film Music; Mapping the Music; Artist of the Week: Emma Kirkby; Sarah's Essential Choice: Dvorak: American Quartet.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Sarah Walker. She's joined by former principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet Leanne Benjamin

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love'...British film music. This week Sarah champions an art form that has seen contributions from leading and neglected British composers of the 20th century, from Vaughan Williams to William Walton. It's a genre that often struggles to be taken seriously, perhaps because in its most perfect form it's hidden from view, the audience not noticing that it brings colour to a black-and-white classic, or highlights emotional moods and landscapes, surreptitiously setting the scene.

Mapping the Music. Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

Sarah's guest this week is Leanne Benjamin, former principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet. Leanne shares a selection of the music she danced to during her career, discussing her memories of choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and offering a personal insight into the world of a ballet dancer.

This week Sarah's featured artist is Emma Kirkby, one of the world's most renowned early music specialists, noted for her pure, crystal-like tone and vocal agility. Sarah showcases her repertoire including Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, Purcell's Evening Hymn and Dowland's songs.

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

American Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude in D flat major, Op.34 No.15

    Performer: Artur Pizarro.
  • 5 Reaons to love... British Film Music

    • William Walton

      Spitfire Prelude and Fugue

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • Artist of the Week: Emma Kirkby

    • Henry Purcell

      Sweeter than Roses

      Performer: Anthony Rooley. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
      • DECCA.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Preludes, Op.28 (Nos 4, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20 and 23)

    Performer: Shura Cherkassky.
    • DECCA.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Fantasy No 1 in G minor

    Performer: Thea King. Ensemble: Britten String Quartet.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    'Lord! Lord! I will sing a new song' (Biblical Songs, Op.99)

    Performer: Christoph Berner. Singer: Bernarda Fink.
  • Leanne Benjamin's Choice No. 1

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Prelude in A major, Op.28 No.7

      Performer: Martha Argerich.
      • DG.
  • Leanne Benjamin's Choice No. 2

    • George Gershwin

      Stairway to Paradise; The man I love

      Ensemble: Harmonie Ensemble of New York. Conductor: Steven Richman.
  • Leanne Benjamin's Choice No. 3

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op 13, 'Pathétique' (2nd mvt)

      Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • EMI.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    Intermezzo from L'amico Fritz

  • Artist of the Week: Emma Kirkby

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630

      Singer: Emma Kirkby. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Simon Preston.
      • L’OISEAU LYRE.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    English Folk Song Suite

  • The Building a Library Recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

    • Antonín Dvořák

      String Quartet in F major, Op.96 ‘American’

      Ensemble: Keller Quartet.
      • Erato.
  • George Enescu

    Romanian Rhapsody No 1

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Constantin Silvestri.
    • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in F Minor Op. 2, No. 1

Mapping the Music

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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Karel Ancerl (conductor)


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