- WW1 – Music on the Brink Duration: 02:57
- Miranda Seymour talks to Sarah Walker Duration: 02:09
- Howard Brenton talks to Sarah Walker Duration: 01:36
- Alex Jennings talks to Rob Cowan Duration: 01:50
- Amanda Foreman talks to Rob Cowan Duration: 01:42
- Philip Pullman talks to Sarah Walker. Duration: 01:31
About the Show
Join Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker in the mornings on Radio 3 and share in great music and performances. Each week, Rob and Sarah recommend an Essential CD of the Week and explore the recordings of an Artist of the Week - it could be a conductor, a soloist or an ensemble. There's also the chance to pit your wits against a musical brainteaser. At 10.30, Rob and Sarah are joined by their guest, who shares music that has a strong personal connection for them, having taken part in the Essential Classics Questionnaire - which you can see in full below this paragraph. At 11am, there's the Essential Choice - a chance to sit back and hear a major repertoire work. On Monday, it's the Building a Library choice from last Saturday's CD Review.
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Note: Inevitably, some discs we play are unavailable, or they may currently be available but under different disc numbers or on different labels from the ones listed.
The Essential Classics Questionnaire
1 - What was the first piece of classical music you can remember hearing?
2 - What piece first stimulated your interest in classical music
3 - What was the first classical record/CD you bought yourself?
4 - Do you have a favourite performer, and what piece would you choose to hear him/her/them play?
5 - If you could choose to be a virtuoso on any instrument, what would it be, and what piece would you like to play?
6 - Is there a piece you can play, or would like to play yourself?
7 - Do you have a favourite composer – and a favourite piece by him/her?
8 - What piece of music do you use to relax to?
9 - What piece of music makes you glad to be alive?
10 - What piece of music would you listen to on a journey (car/train/plane)?
11 - Is there a piece that you find particularly moving?
12 - Is there a piece that reminds you of a particular place?
13 - Is there a piece that makes you laugh?
14 - Can you work while listening to music, and what piece would you choose, and why?
15 - If you are entertaining friends, is there a particular piece you would put on?
16 - Is there a piece that you think should be more widely known – a hidden gem?
17 - Is there a piece of film or TV music that has particularly affected you?
18 - If you could step back in time to hear a great performer who’s no longer with us, who would it be, and what piece would you choose to hear?
19 - If we gave you an orchestra/choir/soloists, what piece would you choose to conduct?
20 - What piece of music do you want played at your funeral/to be remembered by?
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