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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: The Lyrical Clarinet with Michael Collins; Artist of the Week: Andre Previn; Sarah's Essential Choice.

Sarah Walker's guest on Essential Classics this week is the TV and radio comedian and bestselling author Tony Hawks. He is a regular guest on radio programmes such as The News Quiz, Would I Lie to You, Just a Minute, and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and recently presented his own Radio 4 series, Tony Hawks's Lost Weekends. He has twice been a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind.

His first book, Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his absurd journey hitchhiking round Ireland within a month in the company of a fridge - became a bestseller in 1998, was serialised on Radio 4, and has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide. In 2010 a film version was released. Tony Hawks is a keen tennis fan, and his second book, 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis' ,charts his attempts to win a bet which involved tracking down all the members of the Moldovan national football team and beating them individually at tennis. The film of this book was released this year, co-directed by Mikolaj Jaroszewicz.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: The Lyrical Clarinet with Michael Collins: CHANDOS CHAN 10637

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist, conductor and composer Andre Previn

10.30am
Sarah Walker's guest on Essential Classics this week is the TV and radio comedian and bestselling author Tony Hawks. He is a regular guest on radio programmes such as The News Quiz, Would I Lie to You, Just a Minute, and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. As an author he has written the bestseller, 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' and 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis', which was released as a film earlier this year.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Merula

    Ciaconna

    Performers: Il Giardino Armonico

    • WARNER 0927481742.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Phaeton - Chaconne in G

    Performers: Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Geobel (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 4534182.
  • SARAH'S ESSENTIAL CD OF THE WEEK

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Sonata Op.167

      Performers: Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN 10637.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhäuser – Entry of the Guests (Grand March)

    Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

    • EMI CDM7631202.
  • Sullivan

    The Mikado - 'Brightly Dawns our Wedding Day'

    Performers: The King's Singers

    • SONY BMG 09026618852.
  • 9:30 – 10:30 ARTIST OF THE WEEK - ANDRE PREVIN

    • Scott Joplin

      The Easy Winners

      Performers: Itzakh Perlman (violin), Andre Previn (piano)

      • EMI CDC 7471702.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK - ANDRE PREVIN

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Carnival Overture Op.92

      Performers: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

      • TELARC 80238.
  • Sullivan

    The Mikado - A wand'ring minstrel

    Performers: Nanki-Poo: Colin Wright, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash (conductor)

    • DECCA 4172962.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK - ANDRE PREVIN

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor Op.1

      Performers: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

      • DECCA 4448392.
  • 10:30 TONY HAWKS' CHOICES

    • Robert Schumann

      Kinderszenen Op.15: No.7 Träumerei

      Performers: Moura Lympany (piano)

      • EMI 527925.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Capriccio Espagnol Op.34

    Performers: London Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

    • EMI 5552272.

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