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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Fiona Shaw

3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 22 April 2014

Sarah Walker with her guest, the actress and director Fiona Shaw.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artists of the Week: The Borodin Quartet

23rd April 2014 will mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, and Sarah's guest this week is the actress and director, Fiona Shaw. Fiona has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She notably played the male lead in Richard II, directed by Deborah Warner, and in 2009 she collaborated with Warner again, taking the lead role in Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. In an article for The Daily Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen described their professional relationship as "surely one of the most richly creative partnerships in theatrical history." Fiona has also worked in film and television, including the American TV show True Blood, and the films My Left Foot, Jane Eyre, Persuasion, and five of the Harry Potter films, in which she played Harry's aunt, Petunia Dursley. As well as acting, she has directed operas, including Vaughan Williams's Riders to the Sea for ENO and Britten's The Rape of Lucretia for the Glyndebourne Tour. Fiona was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.

18th Century season: 15 Georgian Pleasures
Duet in C major, Op.3 No.1 (played on Broadwood piano)
Duo Hammerklavier.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Georg Muffat

    Georg Muffat Missa in Labore Requies - Sonata

    Performer: Ars Antiqua Austria. Performer: Gunar Letzbor (conductor).


  • Image for Antonio Bertali

    Antonio Bertali Sonata Placidi

    Performer: Cantus Cölln. Performer: Concerto Palatino. Performer: Konrad Junghänel.


  • Image for Antonin Dvorak

    Antonin Dvorak Symphony Variations Op.78

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Sir Colin Davis (conductor).


  • Image for Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov

    Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov Novelettes for String Orchestra Op.15 No.4 - Valse

    Performer: Borodin Quartet.


  • Image for Mahler (arr Britten)

    Mahler (arr Britten) What the wild flowers tell me (Symphony No.3 - 2nd movement)

    Performer: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Paavo Jarvi (conductor).


  • Image for Johann Strauss II

    Johann Strauss II Electra - Orest! Es ruhrt sich niemand!

    Performer: Allesandra Marc. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Guiseppe Sinopoli (conductor).


  • Image for Peire Espanhol

    Peire Espanhol Ar levatz sus, francha corteza gens

    Performer: Anne Azema (soprano). Performer: Kit Higginson (psaltery). Performer: Margriet Tindemans (harp).


  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in B flat Op.18 No.6

    Performer: Borodin Quartet.


  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Keyboard Concerto No.4 in A BWV1055

    Performer: Angela Hewitt (piano). Performer: Australian Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Richard Tognetti (conductor).


  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten The Rape of Lucretia (excerpt)

    Performer: Janet Baker (mezzo soprano). Performer: John Shirley-Quirk (baritone). Performer: English Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Benjamin Britten (conductor).


  • Image for Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov

    Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov Violin Concerto

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.


  • Image for Strauss

    Strauss Electra - Orest! Orest! ist Tot!

    Performer: Alessandra Marc (soprano). Performer: Deborah Voigt (mezzo soprano). Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Guiseppe Sinopoli (conductor).


  • Image for Hector Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz Le Roi Lear Op.4

    Performer: Bergen filharmoniske orkester. Performer: Andrew Davis (conductor).


  • Image for Frank Bridge

    Frank Bridge A Royal Night of Variety H.184

    Performer: BBC NOW. Performer: Richard Hickox (conductor).


  • Today's Brainteaser Answer - Critics' Corner

    A 1910 review in the Boston Herald of Strauss’s opera 'Elektra'.


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