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Friday - 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 Part's Berliner Messe.

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: Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

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.

Berliner Messe
Andrew Lucas (organ)
Stephen Layton (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Paride ed Elena, Act I: 3rd Ballo

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Muzio Clementi

    Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op 23 No 1

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Trois pièces brèves

    Ensemble: Athena Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Randall Thompson


    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Tragic Overture

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Reynaldo Hahn

    A Chloris

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Susan Graham.
    • ONYX.
  • Damian Montagu

    In a South Downs Way (England Green)

    Performer: Stewart Prosser. Performer: Robert Sword. Ensemble: The Tippett Quartet.
    • Self Release.
  • Edward Elgar

    Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 9, 'Nimrod')

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • TELDEC.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sarabande (Pour le piano)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Concerto per l'orchestra di Dresda (S.233) in F major [2 hn, 2 fl & orch]

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Johann David Heinichen Dresden Concerti Musica Antiqua Koln Reinhard Goebel.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 104 (H.1.104) in D major "London"

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.
    • Haydn: The London Symphonies: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Davis.
    • Philips.
    • 9.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Berliner Messe

    Performer: Andrew Lucas. Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • David Briggs

    Trinity College Service

    Performer: David Briggs. Conductor: Stephen Layton. Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Serenata in E flat major

    Orchestra: Members of the Bologna Municipal Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • William Walton

    The Twelve

    Performer: James Vivian. Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

A Chloris 
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) 
Malcolm Martineau (piano) 
ONYX 4030     

Viderunt Omnes 
Hilliard Ensemble 
ECM 837 75     


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