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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Douglas Kennedy

with Sarah Walker and her guest, novelist and travel writer Douglas Kennedy.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - plays Wagner, Sibelius, Puccini, Wolf, Turina, Dvorak, Berlioz DG 431 680-2. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30: today, Who Am I?.

Artist of the Week: Emanuel Ax.

Sarah's guest this week is the American novelist Douglas Kennedy. Born in Manhattan, Douglas divides his time between there and Maine as well as Berlin, Paris and London. His books are internationally renowned, with 11 novels translated in 22 countries. Three films have been made from his work, including 'The Big Picture' starring Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve, and 'The Woman in the Fifth' with Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas. He is the most celebrated modern American writer in France where his last six novels have all been critically acclaimed no.1 Bestsellers. In 2007 he was awarded The Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and received the first Grand Prix du Figaro two years later. He continues to contribute reportage, essays and literary reviews to The Times The New Statesman, Le Monde, Le Figaro and Le Nouvel Observateur. His most recent novel, 'Five Days', was published to critical acclaim in 2013 and is published by Arrow in paperback next month.

Sarah's Essential Choice:
Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Mark Kennedy (treble)
Rogers Covey Crump and Charles Daniel (tenors)
Michael George (bass)
The King's Consort
Robert King (director).

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Thu 27 Feb 2014 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who am I?

Faust, the legendary German philosopher and scholar who sold his soul to the Devil. He’s celebrated in literature ranging from Christopher Marlowe and Goethe to Thomas Mann, and in musical works by Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod, Busoni and Arrigo Boito.

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Guest Choices

Hear the classical music chosen by our guests in full via the BBC Playlister

Essential Choices on BBC Playlister - archive.

Essential Choices Promo

Explore the Essential Choices via BBC Playlister as chosen by Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker.