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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Leanne Benjamin

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love British Film Music; Classical Consequences; Artist of the Week: Emma Kirkby; Essential Choice: Borodin: String Quartet No 2.

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.

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

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.

Sarah's Essential Choice
String Quartet No.2
Borodin Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Byrd

    Fantasia a 3, No.3

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • REGIS.
  • John Ireland


    Performer: Piers Lane.
  • 5 reasons to love... British film music

    • Malcolm Arnold

      Exploits for Orchestra (Comedy Suite from The Belles of St Trinian's)

      Performer: Paul Janes. Music Arranger: Christopher Palmer. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in B flat major, D 68

    Ensemble: Quatuor Sine Nomine.
  • Artist of the Week: Emma Kirkby

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sheep May Safely Graze (Cantata No 208)

      Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
      • HYPERION.
  • Max Bruch

    Romance for viola and orchestra, Op 85

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Leanne Benjamin's Choice No. 1

    • Arnold Schoenberg

      Verklärte Nacht (opening)

      Conductor: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra.
      • EMI.
  • Leanne Benjamin's Choice No. 2

    • Franz Liszt

      Mephisto Waltz No.1: The scene at the tavern

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Artist of the Week: Emma Kirkby

    • George Frideric Handel

      Coelestis dum spirat aura

      Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble. Director: Charles Medlam.
      • BIS.
  • Essential Choice

    • Alexander Borodin

      String Quartet No.2 in D major

      Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
      • DECCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 83 in G minor, 'The Hen'

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken.
    • Virgin.

Classical Consequences

One day, Bruch took a copy of the score of his 1st Violin Concerto to Brahms to ask for his opinion. He waited nervously as Brahms flicked through once, then took another look, examining it more closely, and finally turned to face the anxious composer. What happened next?


Brahms asked Bruch where he bought his manuscript paper from!


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