Playing: String Quintet No.2 in G major (Op.111) by Johannes Brahms
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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker and her guest the author, Philip Pullman. Also, at 9:30am, our brainteaser: Who's Dancing?

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Murray Perahia: Songs Without Words

Artist of the Week: Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, Zoltan Kocsis.

In the week of BBC Children in Need, Sarah's guest is the multi-award winning author Philip Pullman, best known for the fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. The final instalment, The Amber Spyglass, won the 2001 Whitbread Prize for best children's book and the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in January 2002, the first children's book to receive that award. In 2005 Pullman won the biggest prize in children's literature, the annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council. Many of his works have been adapted for screen including I Was a Rat!, The Butterfly Tattoo, The Ruby in the Smoke and a film adaptation of Northern Lights, titled The Golden Compass, was released in December 2007. In 2012, Pullman was asked by Penguin Classics to curate 50 of Grimms' classic fairytales, from their collection of over 200 tales.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Evgeny Mravinsky (conductor)

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Mon 11 Nov 2013 09:00

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Who's Dancing?


The music played:


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6 Romanian Folk Dances (BB68, Sz56)

Zoltan Kocsis (piano)

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