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Classic FM’s stars pick their favourite music

Over the last 25 years Classic FM has become a national institution. The station’s biggest star presenters mark the anniversary by sharing their favourite music

 

Charlotte Hawkins chooses Canon In D by Johann Pachelbel 

‘This is special for me because it’s what played on my wedding day as I walked down the aisle. It can sound so different depending on what instrument it’s played on and it can be played slow tempo or fast. People have it at weddings, or at funerals. It’s one of those pieces that has that flexibility.’ 

Hawkins presents on Sundays, 3pm to 5pm

David Mellor

Charlotte Hawkins chose Canon In D by Johann Pachelbel; David Mellor chose the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar

David Mellor chooses the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar 

‘It’s difficult to pick a favourite, but I’ve never lost my love for the Variations because they are so clever. Elgar grew up in a class-ridden society where he couldn’t go to a proper music school, where he’d have been regarded as well below the salt in most social gatherings. So he really struggled with his genius. It was only with this work, when he was in his 40s, that he broke through. He did pretty well after that.’ 

Mellor presents Sundays from 7pm to 9pm 

Alexander Armstrong

Alan Titchmarsh

Alexander Armstrong chose Symphony No 7 by Beethoven; Alan Titchmarsh chose Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis

Alexander Armstrong chooses Symphony No 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven

‘Beethoven wrote this when he was profoundly deaf, and many people thought he’d gone mad. It was very poorly received on its first performance as people felt there was something very odd going on. It challenged the classical forms at that point and things took off in wonderful new directions. It starts off firmly in the classical tradition, but by the fourth movement you’re into a completely new type of music, and that’s wonderful. The second movement is something I could close my eyes and lose myself in for ever.’ 

Armstrong presents Saturday and Sundays, from 1pm to 3pm

Alan Titchmarsh chooses Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis 

‘The soaring treble voices have an ethereal quality that transports me to a loftier place. Sometimes I need music to invigorate me, but more often it calms my spirits. Spem In Alium never fails.  The trials of daily life can be overwhelming, and “busy” music can make it worse. But not all “calming” music is uplifting – it can often leave you feeling maudlin. Not so this piece.’ 

Titchmarsh presents Saturday breakfast from 7am to 10am

John Suchet

Myleene Klass

 John Suchet chose Symphony No 3, the Eroica by Beethoven; Myleene Klass chose  The Planets Suite by  Gustav Holst

John Suchet chooses Symphony No 3, the Eroica by Ludwig van Beethoven 

‘Beethoven wanted to write a musical tribute to his hero, “Eroica”, and that was Napoleon Bonaparte, whom he really admired because he was an ordinary man from Corsica who’d risen to become Consul General of France and defeated armies on the battlefield. But when he heard Napoleon had declared himself Emperor, in a rage he scratched Napoleon’s name off the title page. We’ve got the page that he did that to with a great big hole in it! He then dedicated the symphony to someone else, but when it was published he couldn’t resist putting on the cover, “To the memory of a great man”. So he never got Napoleon out  of his system. I’ve never had an adrenaline rush like I did when I first heard it.’ 

Suchet presents weekdays from 9am to 1pm. 

Myleene Klass  chooses The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst 

‘It was the first classical CD I ever owned. I remember putting it on a mix tape and I used to drive around in my little Fiat listening to it. It’s so calming, especially Venus, which is magical. When you listen to each of the pieces you can see how contemporary composers have taken their inspiration from the music. When you listen to Jupiter, you can hear how pieces have been written around that, for example the rugby theme of World In Union or I Vow To Thee My Country.’ 

Klass presents Smooth Classics every Saturday and Sunday, from 10pm

 

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