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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Sir Adrian Boult: From Bach to Wagner; A survey of 50 great pianists; Sarah's Essential Choice: Holst: Choral Fantasia.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Sir Adrian Boult, 'From Bach to Wagner', EMI 6 35657 2

A daily brainteaser, and Sarah's recommended performance by the next pianist in Peter Donohoe's survey of 50 Great Pianists.

Sarah Walker's guest is the British fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel. Born in London, she studied at the Harrow School of Art, where she met David Emanuel, and together they became the first married couple to be accepted by the Royal College of Art for a two-year Master's degree in Fashion. In 1977 the couple launched their own fashion house in Brook Street, Mayfair. Fame followed in 1981 when they were chosen to design Diana, Princess of Wales's ivory silk, taffeta and antique lace wedding dress. They also designed much of Diana's wardrobe for her subsequent Gulf tour. In 1987 the Emanuel Shop was opened in Knightsbridge, and collections were sold in exclusive London and New York stores. In 1991 Elizabeth Emanuel, by then working solo under her eponymous label, designed the range of uniforms, luggage and accessories for Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic. She went on to design staff uniform for Britannia Airways. Having lost control of her business in 1997, she designed for other brands, and also for the Ballet Rambert and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. In August 2005 she opened a new studio and launched a new label, Art of Being. She has created designs for films, TV shows and pop videos, and in 2010 returned to the catwalk during London Fashion Week with her Little Black Dress Collection.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Holst: Choral Fantasia
Patricia Rozario (soprano)
Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
Richard Hickox (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Polka from Three Easy Pieces for piano

    Performers: Marielle Labèque (piano), Katia Labèque (piano)

    • PHILIPS 4208222.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake Op. 20 Act III: Danse Russe and Danse espagnole

    Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

    • DG 4316072.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Ballet des Plaisirs (excerpts)

    Performers: Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.554003.
  • 9.22: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Coriolan Overture Op. 62

      Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • EMI 6356572.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      The Year in Question

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • Robert Schumann

    Etudes-Symphoniques Op. 13 Etude 12: Finale

    Performers: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

    • WARNER 25646342624.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia Concertante for violin, 2 oboes, strings and basso continuo

    Performers: Stephan Schardt (violin), Joachim Fiedler (cello), Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 4790377.
  • William Byrd

    Cantiones Sacrae I: Ne irascaris Domine

    Performers: Stile Antico

    • HARMONIA MUNDI 807463.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata Op.27 No.2 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight'

    Performers: Anne Queffelec (piano)

    • MIRARE 9972.
  • 10.30: Elizabeth Emanuel's Choices

    • Claude Debussy

      Prélude à L'après-midi d'un faune

      Performers: Julius Baker (flute), Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 7691162.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations BWV 988 - Aria I

    Performers: Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

    • EMI 5741442.
  • Léo Delibes

    Prelude; Mazurka (Coppélia Suite)

    Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.

    Performers: Academy of Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 4220502.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Gustav Holst

      Choral Fantasia

      Performers: Patricia Rozario (soprano), Joyful Company of Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHAN 241-6.
  • Richard Strauss

    Capriccio - Sextet

    Performers: Members of the Gewandhausorchester

    • DECCA 4784254.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Sauvages

    Performers: John Kitchen (harpsichord)

    • DELPHIAN LC12979.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV140

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner



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