Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Leanne Benjamin
With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love British Film Music; Find the Fourth; Artist of the Week: Emma Kirkby; Sarah's Essential Choice: Verdi: String Quartet in E minor.
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.
Find the fourth. 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 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 in E minor
5 Reasons to Love...British film music
Leanne Benjamin's Choice No. 1
Artist of the week: Emma Kirkby
Find the Fourth
The music played:
Symphony No. 5 in C minor: 1st mvt
Carlos Kleiber (conductor)
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor: 2nd mvt
Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
English Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Tate (conductor)
Symphony No. 10: Adagio
Simon Rattle (conductor)
The theme was pound notes and the missing fourth was £50