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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 November 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Five Italian Oboe Concertos played by Nicholas Daniel - HELIOS CDH55034

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist Noriko Ogawa

This Friday (16th November) it's BBC Children in Need, and Sarah Walker's guest on Essential Classics is the British author Anne Fine, the second Children's Laureate from 2001-2003 and a distinguished prize-winning writer for children of all ages.

Anne has written more than fifty books for children and eight books for adults, many of them having won prestigious awards. Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; and Madame Doubtfire has become a major feature film starring Robin Williams.

Anne's books for adults include The Killjoy, her first novel, which received critical acclaim and was runner up for the David Higham Prize for Fiction. Two of her other novels include Taking the Devil's Advice and Telling Liddy and have both been adapted for radio.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo soprano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Boulez (conductor)
DG 4389402.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Michel-Richard de Lalande

    Michel-Richard de Lalande Mariage: Air pour les Indiens

    Performers: Ensemble Baroque de Loges, Christophe Coin (conductor)


  • 9.02: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Alessandro Marcello

      Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor

      Performers: Nicholas Daniel (oboe/conductor), Peterborough String Orchestra

      HELIOS CDH55034

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Etudes Op. 25: No. 5 in E minor; No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

    Performers: Nikita Magaloff (piano)

    PHILIPS 420 705-2

  • Image for Ireland

    Ireland Sarnia: An Island Sequence for Orchestra - Song of the Springtides (arr. Martin Yates)

    Performers: Royal National Scottish Orchestra, Martin Yates (conductor)


  • 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 - Noriko Ogawa

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat, K.495

    Performers: Christian Lindberg (trombone), Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow (conductor)


  • Image for Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On The Town - The Great Lover

    Performers: Israel Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    DG 2532052

  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Noriko Ogawa

    • Image for Edvard Grieg

      Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

      Performers: Noriko Ogawa (piano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor)

      BIS 1191

  • 10.30: Anne Fine's Choices

    • Image for Cristóbal de Morales

      Cristóbal de Morales Parce mihi Domine

      Performers: Jan Garbarek (soprano saxophone), Hilliard Ensemble

      ECM 4763855

  • Image for Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4: 4th movement, Sehr behaglich

    Performers: Lucia Popp (soprano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus Tennstedt (conductor)

    EMI 5742962

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Gustav Mahler

      Gustav Mahler Kindertotenlieder

      Performers: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

      DG 438 9402

  • Image for Leopold Kozeluch

    Leopold Kozeluch Symphony in A 'a la francaise'

    Performers: Concerto Koln

    TELDEC 2564698899

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel La Valse

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

    CHANDOS CHAN 241/44

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Pours les huit doigts

    Performers: Noriko Ogawa (piano)

    BIS CD 1955/56

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Year in Question: 1944. In this year Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto, Copland's Appalachian Spring and Bernstein's On the Town were all premiered.

    The music played:

    Vaughan Williams
    Oboe Concerto: 2nd mvmt
    Celia Nicklin (oboe)
    Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
    Neville Marriner (conductor)
    LONDON 431 392 2

    Appalachian Spring
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
    DG 413 324 2

    Three Dance Episodes from ‘On the town’: The Great Lover
    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
    DG 253 205 2


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