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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 07 November 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Virtuoso and Romantic Encores for Violin, RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 63960

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, Frans Brüggen.

This Saturday (10th November) is World Science Day for Peace and Development, and Sarah Walker's guest on Essential Classics is the distinguished British physicist Dame Athene Margaret Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics in the University of Cambridge's Department of Physics.

Dame Athene is director of WiSETI, Cambridge University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative, and the University's Gender Equality Champion. She is also chairwoman of the Athena Forum, which aims to advance the career progression and representation of women in the sciences in UK higher education, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering. In 2011 she was made a Trustee of the National Museum of Science in Industry.

In 2009 Dame Athene was one of the five recipients of the L'Oreal/UNESCO Women in Science award. The following year she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours, and in 2011 she won the UKRC's Women of Outstanding Achievement's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Smetana: Tabor (from Ma Vlast)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Erik Satie

    Erik Satie Le Piccadilly

    Performers: Anne Queffelec (piano)

    VIRGIN 522050-2

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 'Alexander's Feast'

    Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard (conductor)

    PHILIPS 426 082-2

  • 9.15: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Manuel Ponce arr. Jascha Heifetz

      Manuel Ponce arr. Jascha Heifetz Estrellita

      Performers: Nikolaj Znaider (violin), Daniel Gortler (piano)

      RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 82876 50470-2 

  • Image for Ireland

    Ireland Mai-Dun

    Performers: Halle Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor)

    HALLE HLL 7523

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser The Year in Question

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Frans Brüggen

    • Image for Arcangelo Corelli

      Arcangelo Corelli Sonata in B flat, Op. 5 No. 11

      Performers: Frans Brüggen (recorder), Anner Bylsma (cello), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

      RCA RD 71055

  • Image for Alexander Borodin

    Alexander Borodin Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

    Performers: Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (conductor)

    EMI 5 66983 2

  • 10.03: Artist of the Week - Frans Brüggen

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93

      Performers: Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

      PHILIPS 426 846-2

  • 10.30: Dame Athene Donald's Choice

    • Image for Antonin Dvorak

      Antonin Dvorak Suite in A, Op. 98

      Performers: Radoslav Kvapil (piano)

      SUPRAPHON SU33982

  • Image for Eric Coates

    Eric Coates At The Dance (Summer Days Suite)

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    CFP CD-CFPD 4456

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Bedrich Smetana

      Bedrich Smetana Tabor (from Ma Vlast)

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

      SUPRAPHON 111208-2

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet in B flat, K589

    Performers: Jerusalem Quartet


  • Image for Ernest Chausson

    Ernest Chausson Poeme, Op 25

    Performers: Nicola Benedetti (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor)

    DG 987 057-7

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Year in Question: 1819. In this year Weber completed his Invitation to the Dance, Schubert completed the 'Trout' Quintet, and Offenbach was born.

    The music played:

    Invitation to the Dance
    Hamish Milne (piano)
    CRD 3485

    ‘Trout’ Quintet: 4th movement (Theme and variations)
    Alfred Brendel (piano)
    Cleveland Quartet
    PHILIPS 400078 2

    Overture: Orpheus in the Underworld
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Louis Frémaux (conductor)
    EMI CDM 763024 2


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