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Monday - Sarah Walker with Jackie Kay

With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Early Keyboard Instruments; Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben; Artists of the Week: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, featured in Prokofiev's Symphony No 1.

My favourite... early keyboard instruments. Sarah explores the variety of instruments with keyboards that composers wrote music for before the pianoforte came to prominence in the late 18th century. Sarah explores music for the harpsichord, fortepiano, chamber organ, virginals and spinet, by composers including Mozart, Rameau, Giles Farnaby, Martin Peerson and William Byrd.

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

Sarah's guest is the Scottish poet and novelist Jackie Kay. Jackie is an award-winning writer of poetry, plays and novels. Her recent works include a collection of short stories, Reality, Reality, a book of poetry titled Fiere, and a memoir about meeting her Nigerian birth father, Red Dust Road. Jackie will be talking about her writing and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including a work by Errollyn Wallen, the traditional Scottish song Eriskay Love Lilt and Robert Burns' Mary Morison, every day at 10am.

Sarah features excerpts from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's Record Review

Frauenliebe und -leben

Sarah's artists of the week are the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 1972 in New York by a group of musicians keen to marry the richness of the orchestral sound with the intimacy of a chamber ensemble, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play without a conductor, preferring a collaborative partnership of musicians. They have since become recognised as one of the world's great ensembles. Throughout the week Sarah features their recordings of repertoire by composers ranging from Handel and Mozart to Bizet and Copland.

Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 'Classical'
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anthony Holborne

    Noel's Galliard (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)

    • DECCA.
  • MY FAVOURITE... Early Keyboard Instruments

    • Martin Peerson

      The Fall of the Leafe (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)

      Performer: Christopher Hogwood.
      • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Hic est filius Dei

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • DG.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet, Op.24 No.2

    Performer: Les Vents Francais.
    • WARNER.
  • Trad.

    Loch Lomond

    Music Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. Singer: Michael George. Choir: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Jackie Kay's Choice No. 1

    • Robert Burns

      Mary Morison

      Singer: Jean Redpath.
      • GREENTRAX.
  • Jackie Kay's Choice No. 2

    • Errollyn Wallen


      Singer: Errollyn Wallen.
      • AVIE.
  • Jackie Kay's Choice No. 3

    • Trad.

      An Eriskay Love Lilt

      Choir: Glasgow Orpheus Choir. Conductor: Hugh Roberton.
      • MOIDART.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Fête polonaise

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.

    • Robert Schumann

      Frauenliebe und -leben, Op.42

      Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
      • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    If music be the food of love

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina. Conductor: Stefano Montanari.
    • Henry Purcell, O Solitude: Andreas Scholl/Accademia Bizantina.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical'

      Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
      • DG.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    String Quartet in E minor, Op.121

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Loch Lomond

The music played:

Traditional arr. Vaughan Williams
Loch Lomond
Holst Singers 
Stephen Layton (conductor)


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