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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
Amadeus Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Fanfarinette (Nouvelles Suites)

    Ensemble: Calefax Reed Quintet.
    • MDG.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

    Choir: Beecham Choral Society. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Shvedov

    The Cherubic Hymn

    Choir: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • 5 Reasons to Love...British film music

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Scott of the Antartic

      Choir: Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone

    Performer: John Wilbraham. Performer: John Iveson. Performer: Alan Civil.
    • EMI.
  • Thomas Arne

    Rise, Glory, rise (Rosamond)

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rage on a Lost Penny (Rondo a capriccio in G, Op.129)

    Performer: Jenő Jandó.
    • NAXOS.
  • Leanne Benjamin's Choice No. 1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Juliet’s funeral and death (Romeo and Juliet)

      Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Artist of the week: Emma Kirkby

    • François Couperin

      Première Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint

      Performer: Charles Medlam. Performer: Terence Charlston. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
      • BIS.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Essential Choice

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      String Quartet in E minor

      Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Symphony in B flat

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.

Find the Fourth

The music played:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor: 1st mvt
Vienna Philharmonic
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
Berlin Philharmonic
Simon Rattle (conductor)


The answer:

The theme was pound notes and the missing fourth was £50


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