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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: The Italian Collection by The Sixteen; novelist Howard Jacobson; Bach: Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV1043.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: The Italian Collection by The Sixteen - CORO COR10699

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and Sarah's recommended performance by the next pianist in Peter Donohoe's survey of 50 Great Pianists. This week in Essential Classics as part of Piano Season, Sarah will be showcasing Italian and Latin American pianists and piano music.

10.30am
This week the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize is announced, and Sarah Walker's guest is the acclaimed novelist Howard Jacobson, who won the prize in 2010 for The Finkler Question. His novels include The Mighty Walzer, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing, Who's Sorry Now? and Kalooki Nights.

As well as his fiction, Jacobson is also a columnist for the Independent and has written and presented several television programmes, including Creation, the first part of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 series, The Bible: A History. Recent television programmes, including Jesus the Jew, have also been widely admired.

11am
Bach: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, BWV 1043
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Erik Satie

    La belle excentrique (version for piano duet): 1. Grande ritournelle

    Performers: Aldo Ciccolini, Gabriel Tacchino (pianos)

    • EMI CDC 7 49760 2.
  • Erik Satie

    La belle excentrique (version for piano duet): 2. Marche Franco-lunaire; 3. Valse du Mysté

    Performers: Aldo Ciccolini, Gabriel Tacchino (pianos)

    • EMI CDC 7 49760 2.
  • Bridge

    Two Intermezzi from 'Threads', H151: No.2

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN10729 (6) X.
  • 9.12: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Gregorio Allegri

      Christus resurgens ex mortuis

      Performers: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

      • CORO COR16047.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Fantasy on themes from the opera 'Carmen', Op. 25

    Performers: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Vienna Philharmonic, James Levine (conductor)

    • DG 477 9179.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Mystery Piece

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

  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Carnaval das Crianças (Children's Carnaval)

    Performers: Nelson Freire (piano)

    • DECCA 478 3533.
  • Heinichen

    Concerto in F, S234

    Performers: Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 479 0469.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Concerto for piano and orchestra no.1 in F sharp minor, op.1

    Performers: Sequeira Costa (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Seaman (conductor)

    • ROYAL PHILHARMONIC RECORDS CDRPO 7024.
  • 10.30: Howard Jacobson's Choices

    • Giacomo Puccini

      E lucevan le stelle, from Act 3 of Tosca

      Performers: Enrico Caruso (tenor), Orchestra, Walter Rogers (conductor)

      • NIMBUS NI 7900.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Romeo and Juliet, fantasy overture after Shakespeare

    Performers: Russian National Orchestra, Michael Pletnev (conductor)

    • PENTATONE PTC5186384.
  • 11am:

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043

      Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Gypsy Melodies, op.55

    Performers: Genia Kuhmeier (soprano), Christoph Berner (piano)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902081.
  • Falla

    Nights in the Gardens of Spain

    Performers: Alicia de Larrocha (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (conductor)

    • DECCA 478 3181.

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