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Friday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 19 October 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: The Italian Collection by The Sixteen - CORO COR10699

A daily brainteaser, and Sarah's recommended performance by the next pianist in Peter Donohoe's survey of 50 Great Pianists. This week in Essential Classics as part of Piano Season, Sarah will be showcasing Italian and Latin American pianists and piano music.

This week the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize is announced, and Sarah Walker's guest is the acclaimed novelist Howard Jacobson, who won the prize in 2010 for The Finkler Question. His novels include The Mighty Walzer, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing, Who's Sorry Now? and Kalooki Nights.

As well as his fiction, Jacobson is also a columnist for the Independent and has written and presented several television programmes, including Creation, the first part of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 series, The Bible: A History. Recent television programmes, including Jesus the Jew, have also been widely admired.

Sarah's Essential Choice

R Strauss: Duett-Concertino in F for clarinet, bassoon and orchestra, AV 147
Nicole Kern (clarinet)
Higinio Arrué (bassoon)
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Paavo Järvi (conductor)
PENTATONE 5186 060.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Waltz in A flat, Op. posth

    Performers: Ingrid Fliter (piano)

    EMI 6 98351 2

  • Image for Johann Strauss II

    Johann Strauss II Emperor Waltz, Op. 437

    Performers: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Frisay (conductor)

    DG 477 9156

  • 9.14: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Gloria patri et filio', from Dixit Dominus

      Performers: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

      CORO COR16099

  • Image for Isaac Albéniz

    Isaac Albéniz Cordoba and Seguidillas from Cantos de Espana

    Performers: Rafael Orozco (piano)

    AUVIDIS V 4663

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Only Connect

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Overture to Zais

    Performers: Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    ARCHIV 479 0374

  • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

    Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov Romance for string quartet

    Performers: Borodin Quartet

    ONYX 4002

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Cockaigne (In London Town), op.40

    Performers: Halle, Mark Elder (conductor)

    HALLE CD HLL 7501

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata no.3 in B minor, op.58

    Performers: Artur Rubinstein

    RCA GD60822

  • 10.30: Howard Jacobson's Choice

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach 'Schlummert ein', from Cantata BWV 82

      Performers: Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Bath Festival Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin (conductor)

      EMI 3 97732 2

  • Sarah's 'Personal Shopper' Choice

    • Image for Spohr

      Spohr Sonata in G for cello and harp, op.115 - 2nd mvt (Larghetto)

      Performers: Klaus Storck (cello), Helga Storck (harp)

      WARNER 2564 60428-2

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Richard Strauss

      Richard Strauss Duett-Concertino in F for clarinet, bassoon and orchestra, AV 147

      Performers: Nicole Kern (clarinet), Higinio Arrué (bassoon), The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi (conductor)

      PENTATONE 5186 060

  • Image for Robert Schumann

    Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op. 82

    Performers: Claudio Arrau (piano)

    PHILIPS 420 871-2

  • Image for Georg Philipp Telemann

    Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto in D for 3 trumpets, 2 oboes, timpani, strings and continuo

    Performers: Hakan Hardenberger, Michael Laird, William Houghton (trumpets), Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown (direction)

    PHILIPS 420 954-2

  • Image for Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Heitor Villa-Lobos 'Minstrel Impressions from Ciclo brasileiro

    Performers: Cristina Ortiz (piano)

    DECCA 417 650-2


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