3 June 2021, 13:43 | Updated: Jun 3, 2021, 13:53
Speaking to woman & home magazine, Classic FM presenters shared the classical music they hold dear, from Vaughan Williams to Erik Satie.
Classic FM presenters Moira Stuart, Margherita Taylor and Charlotte Hawkins shared what classical music holds for them the fondest memories.
We have teamed up with wife and house, and for the magazine’s July issue, the three presenters shared their summer plans, the highlights of their careers so far and why certain pieces of music hold a special place in their hearts.
Charlotte loves Pachelbel’s Barrel in D after that accompanied a very special day, while Margherita shares her love of the music of the American composer George Gershwin. For Moira, it’s Vaughan Williams and the sublime Satie that she comes back to again and again.
Here are some of the presenters’ favorite music tracks, and why they mean so much. You can read Moira, Margherita and Charlotte’s full interview in the July 2021 issue of wife and house, released today (Thursday 3 June).
1. Pachelbel: Canon in D
“[This] has a special place in my heart because it’s the music I walked down the aisle with at my wedding, with my dad by my side.
2. Delibes: the duo of flowers
“The music in the British Airways commercial instantly takes me back to my childhood – and now my daughter and I hum when we brush our teeth!
3. Alexis Ffrench: Bluebird
“Hearing ‘Bluebird’ by Alexis Ffrench made me want to learn the piano again in 2019.”
1. Samuel Barber: Adagio for strings
“It’s beautiful, tender and full of intensity, power and emotion – simply breathtaking. It always stops me in my tracks.
2. Handel: Zadok the priest
“In parallel with that first morning coffee, or on the way to a big presentation or a meeting. “
3. Gershwin: “Summer time” from Porgy and Bess
“One of my summer favorites.”
4. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
“Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue captures that feeling of a summer evening, but it focuses on the summer heat of the city rather than the countryside. It’s like a cool glass of something beautiful on a day that’s too hot to move.
1. Vaughan Williams: The Rising Lark
“This piece reminds me of being 10 or 11, laying the grass in Springfield Park and looking at the sky. Back then there were a lot of sparrows and to me their bird song was like an idealized summer in the countryside.
2. Jan Garbarek: Because Mihi, Dominate
“An extraordinary fusion of 16th century song with a jazz saxophone.”
3. Erik Satie: Three Gymnopédies
“So sweet and bewitching and – oddly enough – it’s based on naked men from Sparta, dancing!”
Our presenters were photographed separately and followed COVID guidelines throughout filming.
The July issue of wife and house the magazine is out now.