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Tuesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) in Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol 1; Sarah's Essential Choice: Janacek: Sinfonietta.

This week marks the traditional celebration of Shakespeare's birthday on St George's Day, and Sarah Walker's guest is Dame Harriet Walter, one of our most renowned Shakespearian actresses. The niece of British actor Sir Christopher Lee, Harriet trained at LAMDA and has since worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio. She is an associate artist of the RSC, where she played Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra alongside Patrick Stewart, Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Lady Macbeth opposite Anthony Sher, All's Well That Ends Well (with Peggy Ashcroft) and Twelfth Night, among other Shakespearian productions. She won an Olivier Award for her performances in Twelfth Night and Chekhov's Three Sisters, and won the Evening Standard Award for her performance as Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart at the Donmar (opposite Janet McTeer as Mary Stuart). Most recently she appeared as Livia in Women Beware Women at the National Theatre. Her film credits include The Young Victoria, Sense and Sensibility, Atonement and Bright Young Things.

Her music choices include a romance for piano by Clara Schumann and an unusual version of Rossini's Barber of Seville overture played by an all-female trombone quartet, as well as works by Rodrigo, Butterworth and Beethoven.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: this week (23rd-27th April) a recording by pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano): Debussy Complete Works for Piano, Vol.1 - Preludes Books 1 and 2, CHANDOS CHAN1042.

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, baritone Gerald Finley.

In the week of Shakespeare's birthday, the Essential Classics guest is the actress Dame Harriet Walter. She shares her musical choices with Sarah.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Janacek: Sinfonietta
Philharmonia Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)
EMI CDC7470482.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Fanny Hensel

    Melodie in C sharp minor, Op. 4 No. 2

    Performers: Beatrice Rauchs (piano)

    • BIS-CD-885.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 26 in E flat major, K.184 (161A)

    Performers: Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Adam Fischer (conductor)

    • DACAPO 6.220541.
  • 9.11: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes, Book 1: No.11 La danse de Puck; No.12 Minstrels

      Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10421.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in A minor, Op. 6 No. 4

    Performers: Handel & Haydn Society, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • OISEAU-LYRE 436 845-2.
  • 9.28am

    • Trad. arr. Rutter

      The Keel Row

      Performers: Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (conductor)

      • COLLEGIUM COLCD 120.
  • Frederick Delius

    On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

    Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 567552-2.
  • 9.41am

    • Dvorak arr. Russell Davies

      Bagatelles, Op.47

      Performers: Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Dennis Russel Davies (conductor)

      • KOCH SCHWANN CD 311 116 H1.
  • 10.02am

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Fantasia in G major, BWV572

      Performers: Simon Preston (Klais organ of the monastery church of Kreuzberg)

      • DG 427 668-2.
  • Trad. arr. Rutter

    The Cuckoo

    Performers: Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (conductor)

  • 10.12: Artist of the Week - Gerard Finley

    • Charles Villiers Stanford

      Songs of the Sea, Op. 91

      Performers: Gerard Finley (baritone), BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHSA5043.
  • 10.30: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Violin Concerto in D major: Allegro ma non troppo

      Performers: Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Wilhelm Fürtwangler (conductor)

      • NAXOS 8.110996.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon XXVIII

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra Brass, Eric Crees (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.553609.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Leos Janáček

      Sinfonietta, Op.60

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

      • EMI CDC 747048-2.
  • 11.28am

    • Gilles

      Graduale (Messe des Morts)

      Performers: Ulrich Studer (bass), Collegium Vocale Gent, Musica Antiqua Koln, Philippe Herreweghe (director)

      • ARCHIV 437 087-2.
  • 11.34am

    • Franz Berwald - Grand Septet in B flat

      Performers: Melos Ensemble


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