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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Hugh Bonneville

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love Concerti Grossi; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Stephen Layton, featured conducting Handel's Chandos Anthem No 8.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... concerti grossi'. Sarah explores this characteristic sound world of the baroque period, showcasing works by composers such as Handel and Corelli (the first person to actually publish a work called 'concerto grosso') and looking at the influence of the form on 20th-century composers including Vaughan Williams.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

Sarah's guest this week is the stage and screen actor Hugh Bonnevillle. Hugh is a familiar face to television audiences having taken leading roles in the award-winning Downton Abbey and the comedy series Twenty Twelve and W1A, as well as enjoying success on the big screen with recent films including Paddington and The Monuments Men. Hugh will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Sarah every day at 10am.

Sarah's artist of the week is the conductor Stephen Layton. Layton is regarded as one of world's finest interpreters of choral music and has won accolades for his direction of choirs including Polyphony, the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Holst Singers. Layton is also a champion of new music and throughout the week Sarah features his recordings of works by composers ranging from Bruckner and Handel to MacMillan and Pärt.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord (Chandos Anthem No 8), HWV 253
Susan Gritton (soprano)
Thomas Hobbs (tenor)
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Academy of Ancient Music
Stephen Layton (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Ungeduld, D.795/7

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • LSO LIVE.
    • LSO0775.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: Concerti grossi

    • George Frideric Handel

      Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 1 in G major

      Composer: George Frideric Handel. Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Director: Paul McCreesh.
      • SIGNUM.
      • SIGCD392.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Valse-Caprice No 1 in A major

    Performer: Kathryn Stott.
  • Amy Beach


    Performer: Paul Barritt. Performer: James Lisney.
    • BIS.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Excelsior!, Op 13

    Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D major, op. 87

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
  • Hugh Bonneville: Choice 1

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Pie Jesu (Requiem)

      Conductor: Michel Legrand. Singer: Barbara Bonney. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
      • TELDEC.
  • Hugh Bonneville: Choice 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Arietta (Piano Sonata, Op.111)

      Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
      • DECCA.
      • 443 301-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 23

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • SONY.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Clairieres dans le ciel (Les lilas qui avaient fleuri)

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Performer: Joseph Middleton.
    • BIS.
  • Artist Of The Week: Stephen Layton

    • George Frideric Handel

      O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8' HWV253

      Performer: Susan Gritton. Singer: Thomas Hobbs. Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Composer: Stephen Layton.
      • HYPERION.
  • James MacMillan

    On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin

    Performer: James Vivian. Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Symphony in D major, Op 18 No 4

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Simon Standage.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Knut Nystedt

    Immortal Bach

    Ensemble: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.

Relative Values

Shostakovich and Britten, who were friends 

The music played:

Symphony no. 7 ‘Leningrad’: Movement I Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 
Vasily Petrenko (conductor) 
NAXOS 8.573057  

The Turn of the Screw: Act I Scene 5 
Sam Pay (treble) 
Eileen Hulse (soprano) 
Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble 
Steuart Bedford (conductor) 
COLLINS 70302 


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