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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 January 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week - Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op.9 with the Academy of Ancient Music - DECCA 4591292.

A daily brainteaser from one of our listeners, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Melos Ensemble.

Sarah Walker's guest this week is the novelist and journalist Andrew Martin, whose writing career was launched when he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year Award in 1988. Since then he has written for The Guardian, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Independent and Granta, among other publications. His columns have appeared in ES Magazine, the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman.

Andrew is also a prolific novelist. The Necropolis Railway was the first in the series of historical thrillers featuring the railwayman turned railway policeman, Jim Stringer. It was followed by The Blackpool Highflyer, The Lost Luggage Porter, Murder at Deviation Junction, Death on A Branch Line, and The Last Train to Scarborough, all of which are published by Faber. Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line were both shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Awards in 2007 and 2008, and Andrew was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger In The Library Award 2008 for the entire series. The new Jim Stringer novel, The Somme Stations, is out in March.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D Op.36
Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner
ARCHIV 4083022.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy 12 Etudes - Pour les degres chromatiques

    Performers: Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

    DG 479 0056

  • Image for Rachmaninoff-Respighi

    Rachmaninoff-Respighi Cinq Etudes-Tableaux: II La Foire, Op. 33 No. 7; V Marche, Op. 39 No. 9

    Performers: Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos (conductor)

    TELARC 80396

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Rondo in C for two pianos, Op. 73

    Performers: Samson Francois and Pierre Barbizet (pianos)

    EMI 574457

  • 9.19: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

      Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni Concerto a 5 in F, Op. 9 No. 3 for oboes, strings and continuo

      Performers: Frank De Bruine and Alfredo Bernardini (oboes), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

      DECCA 4581292

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Listener Brainteaser

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

  • 9.33: Artists of the Week - The Melos Ensemble

    • Image for Darius Milhaud

      Darius Milhaud Suite for violin, clarinet and piano

      Performers: The Melos Ensemble of London

      EMI 9185142

  • Image for Gioachino Rossini

    Gioachino Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia – Overture

    Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)

    RCA GD 60387

  • Image for Lefebure-Wely

    Lefebure-Wely Sortie, Bolero de Concert, Op. 166

    Performers: Christopher Herrick (organ of the Royal Albert Hall)


  • 10.03: Artists of the Week - The Melos Ensemble

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, K.452

      Performers: The Melos Ensemble

      EMI 9185142

  • Image for Erik Satie

    Erik Satie Descriptions automatiques: Sur un casque

    Performers: Alexandre Tharaud (piano)


  • 10.30: Andrew Martin's Choice

    • Image for Claude Debussy

      Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      EMI 5675502

  • Image for Mompou

    Mompou Variations sur un theme de Chopin

    Performers: Federico Mompou (piano)


  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36

      Performers: Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

      ARCHIV 439 900-2

  • Image for Petrobelli

    Petrobelli Psalm III: Laetatus sum

    Performers: The Gonzaga Band


  • Image for Carl Maria von Weber

    Carl Maria von Weber Concertino in E flat, Op. 26

    Performers: Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Dresden Staatskapelle, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    EMI 5679892

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Today's brainteaser was sent in by Simon Taylor in Snowdonia.

    Of the four extracts played, take the first letters of the composers' surnames, and with those letters, come up with the name of another composer.

    Answer: BERG

    The music played:

    Salut d’amour, Op. 12
    Kyung Wha Chung (violin)
    Philip Moll (piano)
    DECCA 433 2202

    Morning (Peer Gynt)
    Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
    Neville Marriner (conductor)
    HANSSLER 98 995

    Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2
    John Lill (piano)
    NIMBUS NI1736

    Symphony No. 5: 2nd movement
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Charles Mackerras (conductor)
    HYPERION CDS 44303


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