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Monday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 27 May 2013

with Sarah Walker, and her guest, mountaineer Stephen Venables.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Weber Overtures performed by the Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artists of the Week, the Tallis Scholars.

In the week that marks the 50th Anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay becoming the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sarah Walker?s guest is the mountaineer, writer, broadcaster and public speaker, Stephen Venables, the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. He reached the summit alone, after climbing with a small American-Canadian team, by a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face.

Everest was a thrilling highlight in a career which has taken Stephen right through the Himalaya, from Afghanistan to Tibet, making first ascents of many previously unknown mountains. His adventures have also taken him to the Rockies, the Andes, the Antarctic island South Georgia, and East and South Africa.

The stories of these travels have enthralled Stephen?s lecture audiences in theatres, schools and university clubs and at corporate conferences all over the world. He has also appeared in television documentaries for BBC, ITV and National Geographic, presented for Radio 4 and appeared in the IMAX movie Shackleton?s Antarctic Adventure.

11am: Sarah?s Essential Choice

Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No.1
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday?s CD Review

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.44 No.1
Talich Quartet.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Contrapunctus IX alla Duodecima, from The Art of Fugue

    Performers: Charles Rosen (piano)

    SONY SB2K63231

  • 9.02: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Carl Maria von Weber

      Carl Maria von Weber Jubel-Overture, J245

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


  • Image for William Byrd

    William Byrd Prevent us, O Lord - anthem for 5 voices

    The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd, Gimell, 4

  • 9.10: Artists of the Week - The Tallis Scholars

  • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op. 45

    Performers: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)


  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser: Who's Dancing?

      Today's Brainteaser: Who's Dancing? 'Ombra leggiera' ('The Shadow Song'), from Dinorah, Act 2

      Composer: Meyerbeer Performers: Natalie Dessay (soprano), Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Patrick Fournillier (conductor)

      VIRGIN 699 4690

  • Image for Myslivecek

    Myslivecek Symphony in F for 2 horns, 2 oboes and strings

    Performers: Concerto Koln, Werner Ehrhardt (conductor)

    ARCHIV 479 1045

  • 9.50: Artists of the Week - The Tallis Scholars

    • Image for Thomas Tallis

      Thomas Tallis Absterge Domine

      Performers: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)

      GIMELL CDGIM 203

  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Reminiscences de Robert le Diable de Meyerbeer, S413

    Performers: Earl Wild (piano)

    VANGUARD 08 4035

  • 10.08:

    • Image for Jarvis Sheppard

      Jarvis Sheppard Media vita in morte sumus

      Performers: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)

      GIMELL CDGIM 210

  • 10.30: Stephen Venables' Choices

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach 'O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden' (O sacred head sore wounded), from St Matthew Passion, BWV

      Performers: Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

      ARCHIV 469 769-2

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Sanctus, from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

    Performers: Tavener Consort and Players, Andrew Parrott (conductor)

    VIRGIN 5 62068 2

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 3rd movement

    Performers: Clifford Curzon (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell (conductor)

    DECCA 478 4545

  • 11am:

    • Image for Karol Szymanowski

      Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

      Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

  • 11.32am

    • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

      Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D, Op. 44 No. 1

      Performers: Talich Quartet

      LA DOLCE VOLTA LDV 115.7

  • Image for William Byrd

    William Byrd Prevent Us O Lord

    Performers: Tallis Scholars


  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who was dancing? Dinorah, from Meyerbeer's eponymous opera, dancing in the moonlight with her own shadow.

    The music played:

    ‘Ombra leggiera’ (‘The shadow song’), from Dinorah, Act 2
    Natalie Dessay (soprano)
    Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo
    Patrick Fournillier (conductor)
    VIRGIN 699 4690


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