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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Alexander McCall Smith

The author Alexander McCall Smith is Sarah Walker's guest this week. Also, at 9:30, our daily brainteaser: Back to the Beginning.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Robert Mackintosh Airs, Minuets, Gavotts & Reels - Concerto Caledonia, DELPHIAN. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

10am
Proms Artist of the Week: Barry Douglas.

10:30
Sarah's guest this week is the author Alexander McCall Smith, best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. His other book series include 44 Scotland Street and The Sunday Philosophy Club, while his most recent novel, The Forever Girl, was published earlier this year. He was appointed a CBE in 2006 for services to literature.

As well as being an acclaimed writer, Alexander is an expert on medical law and bioethics, and has served on British and international committees concerned with these issues. He is the former chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, the former vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, and a former member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO.

He is also an amateur bassoonist, co-founder of The Really Terrible Orchestra, and helped to found Botswana's first centre for opera training, the Number 1 Ladies' Opera House.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice
Paganini
Violin Concerto No. 1
Salvatore Accardo (violin)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor).

3 hours

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Wed 23 Jul 2014 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Back to the Beginning

The music played:

 

Mussorgsky
Night On Bald Mountain (Original Version)
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
RCA 09026 613542  

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.

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