Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Jon Snow
With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Bach keyboard concertos; Artist of the Week: Jordi Savall, featured directing Monteverdi's Madrigals of War and Love.
Sarah sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.
Sarah's guest this week is the news journalist and presenter Jon Snow. Having cut his teeth as Washington Correspondent and then Diplomatic Editor at ITN, Jon became an anchor on Channel 4 News in 1989, a position he has held ever since. He is still active as a reporter and documentary-maker, and has covered major global events ranging from the release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the inauguration of Barack Obama. As well as discussing his life's work, Jon shares his passion for classical music, choosing a selection of the works he's come to love, from his early years as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral, to the present day. Across the week we'll hear music by composers including Mahler, Howells, Max Richter and J.S. Bach.
Music in Time: Baroque
Sarah's exploring the musical borrowing that occurred in the Baroque period, taking as an example J.S. Bach's use of music by Vivaldi for his keyboard concertos.
Sarah's Artist of the Week is the Catalan conductor and viola da gamba player, Jordi Savall. Savall has been one of the leading lights of Early Music performance since the 1970s, unearthing lost repertoire as well as shedding new light on pieces from the European tradition. Working with his group Le Concert des Nations he's applied his invention to almost every corner of the core Baroque repertoire, producing landmark recordings of music from Italy, Spain, France, England and Germany. With Hespèrion XX (latterly XXI) - founded with his late wife, soprano Montserrat Figueras - he's turned his attention to lesser-known music of the Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval periods, introducing listeners to early music from Spain in particular as well the Near East and the Americas. As a viola da gamba player he has also played an important role in the instrument's revival. Sarah's selections from his vast discography include orchestral music by Bach and Handel (Music for the Royal Fireworks), as well as Monteverdi madrigals, music for viol consort by William Lawes, music from Ottoman-era Istanbul and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.
Selection from the Eighth Book of Madrigals, 'Madrigals of War and Love'
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Jordi Savall (director).