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Monday - Sarah Walker with Declan Donnellan

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book; Artist of the Week: conductor Stephen Cleobury; Essential Choice: Elgar: Symphony No 2.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book'. Throughout the week Rob and Sarah dip into this remarkable collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean keyboard music, showcasing works by composers including Byrd, Bull and Gibbons.

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

Sarah's guest this week is the writer and director Declan Donnellan. Since co-founding his own theatre company in 1981, Declan has become well-known as a Shakespearean director as well as winning accolades for his interpretations of works ranging from plays by Chekhov and Pushkin to Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Declan will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music every day at 10am.

Rob and Sarah's featured artist this week is the conductor Stephen Cleobury. Director of the world-famous Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Cleobury has worked with leading orchestras and soloists including the Academy of Ancient Music and the Philharmonia. Sarah will be exploring his interpretations of works by composers including Brahms, Harvey, Mozart, Stanford and Tallis.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.
ELGAR Symphony No 2 in E flat, Op 63.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Artist Of The Week: Stephen Cleobury

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sanctus in C, BWV 237

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Director: Stephen Cleobury.
      • EMI.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in F, Wq 183/3

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Rebecca Miller.
    • SIGNUM.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book

    • William Byrd

      Hugh Ashton's Ground

      Performer: Joanna MacGregor.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse scherzo in C for violin and orchestra, Op.34

    Performer: James Ehnes. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
    • ONYX.
  • Aaron Copland

    El Salón México

    Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
    • 434 301-2.
  • Artist Of The Week: Stephen Cleobury

    • Jonathan Harvey

      I Love the Lord

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Director: Stephen Cleobury.
      • EMI.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Sonata in A minor for flute, viola da gamba and basso continuo, TWV 42:a7

    Ensemble: La Reveuse.
    • MIRARE.
  • Declan Donnellan's Choices

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Final movement of Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op.141

      Performer: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
      • MELODIYA.
    • John Field

      Nocturne No.18 in E major, ‘Le Midi’

      Performer: Benjamin Frith.
      • NAXOS.
    • Trad

      The Gold Ring

      Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Frank McGuire.
      • ALIA VOX.
  • Artist Of The Week: Stephen Cleobury

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Missa Solemnis in C, K337

      Singer: David Wilson‐Johnson. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Singer: Ann Murray. Singer: Margaret Marshall. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
      • ARGO.
  • Essential Choice

    • Edward Elgar

      Symphony No 2 in E flat major

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • DECCA.

Mapping the Music

The answer: Mexico


The music played:


El Salon Mexico
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor)


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