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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker and her guest the author, Philip Pullman. Also, at 9:30am, our brainteaser: Listener Puzzle

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 1 in C
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert Von Karjan (conductor)

Also in this hour, Lucky Dip: Sarah dips into her CD collection and shares a piece ? it could be a recent discovery, an old favourite, or simply something that just has to be heard. Expect the unexpected!

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Wed 13 Nov 2013 09:00

Today’s Brainteaser Answer



Three pieces of music: find the subject of the first, the compositional technique of the second, and the dedicatee of the third. What is the link to Petroc Trelawny?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />Answer: Coffee, Serial (cereal), Tost (toast) = Breakfast.


The music played:



Ei! Wie schmeckt der Coffee süße (Coffee Cantata)

Barbara Bonney (soprano)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Gustav Leonhardt (director)

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Violin Concerto (opening)

Kyung Wha Chung (violin)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

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Finale of String Quartet in D major op 64 no 5 (The Lark) – dedicated to Johann Tost

Gabrieli String Quartet


Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Putting pieces of music in their historical context.

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Masterworks of modern music.

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Hear the classical music chosen by our guests on the BBC Music website