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Friday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano): Debussy Complete Works for Piano, Vol 1; Sarah's Essential Choice: Sibelius: Symphony No 2.

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

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor)
BIS CD 252.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco

    Allegro assai (Concerto a Quattro da chiesa in D minor, Op. 2 No. 1)

    Performers: Concerto Köln

    • TELDEC 2564 69889-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto a due cori, HWV334

    Performers: English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 415 129-2.
  • 9.20: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes, Book 2: No. 11 Les tierces alternees; No. 12 Feux d'artifice

      Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10421.
  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Gerald Finley

    • Robert Schumann

      Abends am Strand (Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 45 No. 3); Mein Wagen rollet langsam (Vier Ge

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

      • HYPERION CDA67676.
  • 9.42am

    • Maurice Ravel

      Sonatine

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

      • EMI CDC 557101-2.
  • 9.51am

    • Antonín Dvořák

      The Golden Spinning Wheel

      Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

      • WARNER 8573 87630-2.
  • Diego Pisador

    Pavana muy llana para taner

    Performers: Jose Miguel Moreno (vihuela)

    • GLOSSA GCD920101.
  • 10.23am

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Don Juan's Serenade, Op.38 No.1; At the ball, Op.38 No.3

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

      • WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLive0025.
  • 10.30am: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • George Butterworth

      Is My Team Ploughing? (Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad')

      Performers: Graham Trew (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

      • MERIDIAN CDE 84185.
  • 10.40am: Dame Harriet Walter's Choice

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      Cello Concerto in A major, Wq.172: Allegro

      Performers: Anner Bylsma (cello), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gustav Leonhardt (conductor)

      • VIRGIN CLASSICS VC 790800-2.
  • 10.50am: Sarah's Personal Shopper piece for Dame Harriet

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Andante (from Character Pieces, Ma Ms. 44)

      Performers: Beatrice Rauchs (piano)

      • BIS-CD-885.
  • Roger Quilter

    O mistress mine

    Performers: Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    • DG 474 219-2.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Jean Sibelius

      Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

      Performers: Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (conductor)

      • BIS CD-252.
  • 11.42am

    • George Butterworth

      English Idyll No.2

      Performers: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor)

      • AVIE AV2194.
  • 11.46am

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      32 Variations on an original theme, Wo080

      Performers: Mihaela Ursuleasa (piano)

      • BERLIN CLASSICS 0016542BC.

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