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Thursday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 08 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

Wagner: Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Bruno Walter (conductor)
SONY 64456.

Music Played

13 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Epistle Sonata in F, K.145

    Performers: Peter Hurford (organ), Johan Kracht, Henk Rubingh (violins), Wim Straesser (cello)

    DECCA 421 297-2

  • Image for Tchaikovsky

    Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme

    Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan (conductor)

    DG 447 413- 2

  • 9.22: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Joseph Achron arr. Auer

      Joseph Achron arr. Auer Hebrew Melody, Op. 33

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

      RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 82876 50470-2 

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser What am I?

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

  • Image for Carl Nielsen

    Carl Nielsen Maskerade Overture

    Performers: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    DECCA 460 985-2

  • Image for Domenico Scarlatti

    Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in F, K.525

    Performers: Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

    CBS MK 42410

  • Image for Jules Massenet

    Jules Massenet Meditation from Thais

    Performers: Joshua Bell (violin), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)

    DECCA 433 519-2

  • 10.01: Artist of the Week - Frans Brüggen

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759 (Unfinished)

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

      PHILIPS 442 117-2

  • 10.30: Dame Athene Donald's Choices

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in F, Op. 24, 'Spring' (1st movement, Allegro)

      Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Claudio Arrau (piano)

      PHILIPS 442 651-2

  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams Suite for viola and orchestra (Group III: Musette, Polka melancolique, Galop)

    Performers: Lawrence Power (viola), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor)


  • Image for Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Exultate Deo

    Performers: Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

    NEWTON 8802042

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Richard Wagner

      Richard Wagner Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

      Performers: The Occidental College Concert Choir, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter (conductor)

      SONY 64456

  • Image for Gabriel Fauré

    Gabriel Fauré Piano Quintet in C minor, Op 115

    Performers: The Schubert Ensemble

    CHANDOS CHAN 10576

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    What am I? Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin.


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