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Thursday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 25 July 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Gabrieli in Venice, London Brass, WARNER APEX 0927408232; and at 9.30 our daily brainteaser.

'Proms Artist Recommends'. Each day an artist performing later today in the BBC Proms recommends three musical works, and on Essential Classics we'll play one of those pieces around 10am.

This week is National Countryside Week, and Sarah's guest is the award-winning nature writer and broadcaster Richard Mabey. Richard is the author of some thirty books, including: Food for Free; Weeds - The Story of Outlaw Plants; Flora Britannica; and Gilbert White, which won the Whitbread Biography Award. His memoir Nature Cure, which describes how reconnecting with the wild helped him conquer depression, was short-listed for three major literary awards. He writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He has also written a personal column in BBC Wildlife Magazine since 1986.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 127
Takacs Quartet

Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 2
Lynn Harrell (cello)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

Music Played

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

    Bacewicz Oberek

    Performers: Midori (violin), Robert McDonald (piano)

    SONY SK52568

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 6 in E flat major

    Performers: London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople (conductor)

    HYPERION CDA66561/3

  • Image for Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev Islamey

    Performers: Freddy Kempf (piano)


  • 9.24: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Marini

      Marini Sonata in Echo

      Performers: London Brass

      WARNER APEX 0927408232

  • 9.30am

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Who am I?

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

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Furchte dich, bin ich bei dir, BWV 288

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)


  • Image for Carl Maria von Weber

    Carl Maria von Weber Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)


  • Image for Percy Grainger

    Percy Grainger Scotch Strathspey and Reel

    Performers: Marc-Andre-Hamelin (piano)


  • 10am: Proms Artists Recommend - Juanjo Mena

    • Image for Anton Bruckner

      Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 7: II. Adagio

      Performers: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Sergiu Celibidache (conductor)

      EMI 5 56695 2

  • 10.30: Richard Mabey's Choices

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Messiah, Part II: Surely he hath borne our griefs; And with His stripes we are healed; All

      Performers: Choir of New College, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music, Edward Higginbottom (conductor)

      NAXOS 8.570131-32

  • Image for Golijov

    Golijov Ayre: Wa Habibi (My Love)

    Performers: Dawn Upshaw (soprano), The Andalucian Dogs

    DG 477 5414

  • Image for Roussel

    Roussel Joueurs pour flute, Op. 27: Tityre

    Performers: Kenneth Smith (flute), Paul Rhodes (piano)

    DIVINE ART dda35066

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in E flat, Op. 127

      Performers: Takacs Quartet

      DECCA 470 849-2

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Fanfarinette

    Performers: John Kitchen (harpsichord)


  • 11.41am

    • Image for Camille Saint-Saëns

      Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119

      Performers: Lynn Harrell (cello), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

      DECCA 475 465-2

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who am I? Baron Scarpia, chief of police in Puccini’s opera, Tosca.


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