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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 December 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Smörgåsbord - Mats Lidström (cello) and Bengt Forsberg (piano), HYPERION CDA67184

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, Artur Pizarro

This week marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of A Study in Scarlet, the very first Sherlock Holmes story, and Sarah Walker's guest is novelist and screenwriter, Anthony Horowitz, who was recently commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel: The House of Silk (2011).

Anthony has written over 35 books for both adults and children, including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. The series is estimated to have sold 13 million copies worldwide. He is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most beloved and successful television series, including Midsomer Murders (for which he produced the first seven episodes), and the award-winning drama series Foyle's War.

His stage thriller, Mindgame, premiered in Broadway in 2011. Anthony is currently working with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, writing the sequel to the Tintin film, and is also working on a screenplay for Warner Brothers.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor).

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven March in B flat, WoO29

    Performers: Melos Ensemble

    EMI 918514-2

  • 9.02am

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture

      Performers: Sarband (director: Vlaidmir Ivanoff), Concerto Köln (director: Werner Ehrhardt)

      ARCHIV 474 992-2

  • 9.07: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Halffter arr. Gendron

      Halffter arr. Gendron Habanera

      Performers: Mats Lidström (cello), Bengt Forsberg (piano)

      HYPERION CDA67184

  • 9.11am

    • Image for Joseph Haydn

      Joseph Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op. 64 No. 5 'The Lark'

      Performers: Jerusalem Quartet


  • 9.34am

    • Image for Edward Elgar

      Edward Elgar Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 No. 2

      Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      BELART 461 354-2

  • 9.40am

    • Image for Bach  orch. Schoenberg

      Bach orch. Schoenberg Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, 'St Anne', BWV 552

      Performers: CBC Symphony Orchestra, Robert Craft (conductor)

      SONY CLASICAL 82876 78746-2

  • 9.57am

    • Image for Franz von Suppé

      Franz von Suppé Light Cavalry Overture

      Performers: Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

      DG 415 377-2

  • 10.04am: Artist of the Week - Artur Pizarro

    • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

      Dmitri Shostakovich Preludes Op. 34 Nos. 15, 16 & 19

      Performers: Artur Pizarro (piano)


  • Image for Joaquín Rodrigo

    Joaquín Rodrigo Berceuse de printemps; Bagatela [Bagatelle]

    Performers: Artur Pizarro (piano)

    NAXOS 8.557272

  • 10.11am

    • Image for Gerald Finzi

      Gerald Finzi Let Us Garlands Bring, Op.18

      Performers: Bryn Terfel (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

      DG 445 946-2

  • 10.30: Anthony Horowitz's Choice

    • Image for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

      Performers: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)


  • 10.54am

    • Image for Beach

      Beach Romanze for violin and piano (1898)

      Performers: Paul Barritt (violin), James Lisney (piano) of the Romantic Chamber Group of London

      BIS CD 1245

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Richard Strauss

      Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

      Performers: Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

      DG 415 508-2

  • 11.48am

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Year in Question: 1866. In this year Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture and the first version of Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride were first performned, and Satie was born.

    The music played:

    Bartered Bride Overture
    Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
    Antal Dorati (conductor)
    MERCURY 434 388 2

    Gymnopedie No. 1
    Pascal Roge
    DECCA 410 220 2

    Light Cavalry Overture
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
    DG 415 377 2


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