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Thursday - 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 Grainger's The Jungle Book.

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 today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related object.

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.

The Jungle Book
Libby Crabtree (soprano)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Polyphony Orchestra
Stephen Layton (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Percy Grainger

    The Gypsy’s Wedding Day

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 in D flat major

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier


    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Concerto grosso

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • LONDON.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Oboe Concerto in B flat major, RV465

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Ensemble: I Musici.
  • Claude Debussy

    2 Arabesques, L.66

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Richard Strauss

    Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Sketches: No. 5 Swineherd’s Dance

    Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Remo Giazotto

    Adagio in G minor for organ, solo violin & strings

    Director: Jaime Laredo. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • IMP.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs: Frühling

    Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Conductor: George Szell. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major, BWV 882 (Book 2, The Well-Tempered Clavier)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Violin Sonata No 2 in D major

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • William Walton

    'Orb and Sceptre'

    Conductor: Frederick Fennell. Orchestra: Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra.
    • Mercury.
  • Percy Grainger

    The Jungle Book

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton. Singer: Libby Crabtree. Orchestra: Polyphony Orchestra. Singer: John Mark Ainsley.
  • Louis Spohr

    Fantasia for harp no. 2 (Op.35) in C minor

    Performer: Susanna Mildonian.
    • Bach/Pescetti/Soler/Albeniz/Roussel etc: Harp recital: Susanna Mildonian.
    • Astoria.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Five English Folk Songs

    Ensemble: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Herbert Howells

    Take him, earth, for cherishing

    Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Layton.

Mystery Object

Conducting Baton.


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