Monday - Sarah Walker
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: London Mozart Players conducted by Matthias Bamert perform symphonies by Michael Haydn: CHANDOS CHAN 9352
A daily brainteaser, and Sarah's recommended performance by the first pianist in Peter Donohoe's survey of 50 Great Pianists. This week's focus is British piano music and pianism.
The International Day of Peace is celebrated at the end of this week, and Sarah Walker's guest on Essential Classics is Satish Kumar, the current editor of Resurgence magazine, and long-term peace and environment activist. Born in India in 1936, he joined the wandering Jain sect at the age of only nine, but left them at 18 to devote himself to turning Gandhi's vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. He settled in the UK in 1973, and has been the guiding spirit behind a number of internationally-respected ecological and educational ventures including the Schumacher College International Centre for ecological studies in South Devon. A passionate advocate of nuclear disarmament, his most notable achievement was the 8000-mile 'pilgrimage for peace' which he and a friend undertook in 1962, walking between the four capitals of the nuclear world - Moscow, Paris, London and the USA - carrying no money, and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers. In his 50th year he undertook another similar pilgrimage, walking 2000 miles around the holy places of Britain to celebrate his love of life and nature. He has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Plymouth and Lancaster, and international awards for his peace work. In recognition of his commitment to animal welfare and compassionate living, he was recently elected vice-president of the RSPCA.
Sarah's Essential Choice
Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon and orchestra, Hob I:105
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.