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Thursday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) in Debussy; Sarah's Essential Choice: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.

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.

9am
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.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, baritone Gerald Finley.

10.30am
In the week of Shakespeare's birthday, the Essential Classics guest is the actress Dame Harriet Walter. She shares her musical choices with Sarah.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Peter Eotvos (conductor)
BMC BMC 118.

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Popular Song (Façade)

    Performers: English Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDH55099.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Valses nobles et sentimentales

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

    • MERCURY 434 306-2.
  • 9.15am: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes, Book 2: No. 8 Ondine; No. 10 Canope

      Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10421.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio, K.411

    Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe Wind Soloists

    • TELDEC 2564 60866-2.
  • 9.30am: Artist of the Week - Gerald Finley

    • Samuel Barber

      Daisies, Op. 2 No. 1; There's nae lark

      Performers: Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67528.
  • Hadley

    One Morning in Spring

    Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

    • LYRITA SRCD.245.
  • 10.40am

    • Richard Strauss

      Serenade for 13 wind instruments, Op. 7

      Performers: Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Edo de Waart (conductor)

      • NEWTON CLASSICS 8802066.
  • Bishop

    Foresters, sound the cheerful horn

    Performers: London Serpent Trio

    • SAAYDISC CD-SDL 361.
  • 9.53am: Artist of the Week - Gerald Finley

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Otello, Act II (opening): Prelude – "Non ti crucciar"; "Credo in un Dio crudel"

      Performers: Jago: Gerald Finley (baritone); Cassio: Allan Clayton (tenor), London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      • LSO LIVE LSO0700.
  • 10.02am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto in C minor, K.491

      Performers: Geza Anda (piano/director), Camerata Academica des Salzburger Mozarteums

      • DG 469 501-2.
  • 10.30am: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Georges Bizet

      "Les tringles des sistres tintaient" (Carmen, Act II)

      Performers: Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Orchestre National & Choeur de la Radiodiffusion Française, Thomas Beecham (conductor)

      • EMI CDS 556214-2.
  • 10.42am: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Joaquín Rodrigo

      Concierto de Aranjuez: 2nd movement, Adagio

      Performers: Marco Socías (guitar), Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Josep Pons (director)

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901764.
  • 10.56am: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 No. 2

      Performers: Dinu Lipatti (piano)

      • EMI CZS 767163-2.
  • 11.03am: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring

      Performers: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Peter Eotvos (conductor)

      • BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTRE BMC118.
  • 11.40am

    • Trad.

      Dafydd Y Garreg Wen

      Performers: Rachel Ann Morgan (mezzo-soprano / celtic harp)

      • ETCETERA KTC 1049.
  • 11.42am

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.14

      Performers: Philippe Graffin (violin), Ulster Orchestra, Thierry Fischer (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDH55396.

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