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Friday - Sarah Walker

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 28 December 2012

with Sarah Walker and her guest, comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Grieg Choral Music - The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, BIS-SACD-1661

9.30-10.30am
A feature for Christmas week where listeners set the daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artists of the Week, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert.

10.30am
Sarah's guest this Christmas week is the comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan. Alistair's most recent show is You Cannot Be Serious! on ITV, and he is perhaps best known for the BBC1 top-rating comedy programme The Big Impression, which won numerous awards, including a BAFTA. He provided the voices for many of the characters in the political puppet comedy Spitting Image, and has been a regular on Radio 4 comedy shows including Weekending and The Harpoon, as well as The Game's Up on Radio Five Live.

In 2010, his first play, Timing, received a nomination for Best New Comedy in the whatsonstage.com awards. As an actor Alistair has played the title role in the quirky detective show Mayo (co-writing several later episodes), Mr Kenge in Bleak House and Spock in Tim Firth's award-winning Preston Front. He has hosted Have I Got News For You?, was one of the grumpy old men in Grumpy Guides, and has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? He is co-author of A Matter of Life and Death: How To Wean A Man Off Football.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice

Stenhammar: Symphony No. 1 in F major
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor)
DG 445 857-2.

Music Played

18 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Camille Saint-Saëns

    Camille Saint-Saëns Fossils (Carnival of the Animals)

    Performers: John Ogdon and Brenda Lucas (pianos) , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux (conductor)

    EMI CDM 7698422

  • 9.02: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Edvard Grieg

      Edvard Grieg I Himmelen (In Heav'n Above), 4 Psalms Op. 74 No. 4

      Performers: Audun Iversen (soloist), The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

      BIS SACD 1661

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/conductor)

    ARCHIV 423 492 2

  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt 2 'Paganini' Etudes S141: No. 2 in E flat major ('Octave'); No. 5 in E major ('La Chasse')

    Performers: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)

    HYPERION CDA 67370

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser - Only Connect Answer: Tears or Crying

      Today's Brainteaser - Only Connect Answer: Tears or Crying Mozart: Lacrimosa (Requiem) Donizetti: Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore), Dowland: Fl

  • Image for John Dowland

    John Dowland Goe crysall tears

    Performers: Paul Agnew (tenor), Christopher Wilson (piano)

    METRONOME MET CD 1010

  • 9.32: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Organ concerto, Op. 4 No. 4 in F major

      Performers: Simon Preston (organ), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

      ARCHIV 435 037 2

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Cheryomushki Suite, Op. 105: A spin through Moscow; Ballet

    Performers: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Erez Ofer (solo violin/leader), Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    DECCA 452 597 2

  • 10am: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • Image for Henry Purcell

      Henry Purcell Welcome to all the pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1683)

      Performers: Michael Chance (countertenor), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Michael George (bass), Choir of the English Concert, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/director)

      ARCHIV 427 663 2

  • Image for Kabalevsky

    Kabalevsky Four Preludes, Op. 5

    Performers: Artur Pizarro (piano)

    COLLINS CLASSICS 14182COL

  • 10.30: Alistair McGowan's Choices

    • Image for Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

      Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky The Old Castle (Pictures at an Exhibition)

      Performers: Berlin Phiharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      DG 445 238 2

  • Image for Zidani

    Zidani Inspiration No. 2 in E minor

    Performers: Marcel Zidani (piano)

    CD Title: Piano in the Small Hours

  • Image for Hamilton Harty

    Hamilton Harty The Fair Day, from An Irish Symphony

    Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

    LYRITA CLASSICS SRCD336

  • Image for Vecsay

    Vecsay Le Vent

    Performers: Ruggiero Ricci (violin), Ernest Lush (piano)

    DECCA 433 220 2

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Wilhelm Stenhammar

      Wilhelm Stenhammar Symphony No. 1 in F major (1902 - 03)

      Performers: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

      DG 445 857 2

  • Image for Michael Praetorius

    Michael Praetorius Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

    Performers: The King’s Singers

    SIGNUM TWO SIGCD502

  • Image for Trad arr. Lawson

    Trad arr. Lawson Noël nouvelet

    Performers: The King’s Singers

    SIGNUM TWO SIGCD502

  • Image for Michael Praetorius & Trad
    02:54

    Michael Praetorius & Trad Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen; Noel nouvelet

  • Today's Brianteaser Answer

    Only Connect: the connection was crying/tears.

    The music played:

    Mozart
    Lacrimosa (Requiem)
    Leipzig Radio Choir
    Staatskapelle Dresden
    Peter Schreier (conductor)
    PHILIPS 411 429 2

    Donizetti
    Una furtiva lagrima (from L'Elisir d'Amore )
    Placido Domingo (tenor)
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
    Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)
    DG 435 419 2

    John Dowland
    Flowe my Tears
    Paul Agnew (tenor)
    Christopher Wilson (lute)
    METRONOME METCD 1010

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