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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Virtuoso and Romantic Encores for Violin; Artist of the Week: Frans Bruggen; Sarah's Essential Choice: Smetana: Tabor (Ma Vlast).

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Virtuoso and Romantic Encores for Violin, RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 63960

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, Frans Brüggen.

This Saturday (10th November) is World Science Day for Peace and Development, and Sarah Walker's guest on Essential Classics is the distinguished British physicist Dame Athene Margaret Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics in the University of Cambridge's Department of Physics.

Dame Athene is director of WiSETI, Cambridge University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative, and the University's Gender Equality Champion. She is also chairwoman of the Athena Forum, which aims to advance the career progression and representation of women in the sciences in UK higher education, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering. In 2011 she was made a Trustee of the National Museum of Science in Industry.

In 2009 Dame Athene was one of the five recipients of the L'Oreal/UNESCO Women in Science award. The following year she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours, and in 2011 she won the UKRC's Women of Outstanding Achievement's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Smetana: Tabor (from Ma Vlast)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Erik Satie

    Le Piccadilly

    Performers: Anne Queffelec (piano)

    • VIRGIN 522050-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 'Alexander's Feast'

    Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 426 082-2.
  • 9.15: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Manuel Ponce arr. Jascha Heifetz


      Performers: Nikolaj Znaider (violin), Daniel Gortler (piano)

      • RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 82876 50470-2 .
  • Ireland


    Performers: Halle Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor)

    • HALLE HLL 7523.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      The Year in Question

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Frans Brüggen

    • Arcangelo Corelli

      Sonata in B flat, Op. 5 No. 11

      Performers: Frans Brüggen (recorder), Anner Bylsma (cello), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

      • RCA RD 71055.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

    Performers: Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (conductor)

    • EMI 5 66983 2.
  • 10.03: Artist of the Week - Frans Brüggen

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93

      Performers: Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 426 846-2.
  • 10.30: Dame Athene Donald's Choice

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Suite in A, Op. 98

      Performers: Radoslav Kvapil (piano)

      • SUPRAPHON SU33982.
  • Eric Coates

    At The Dance (Summer Days Suite)

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    • CFP CD-CFPD 4456.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Bedrich Smetana

      Tabor (from Ma Vlast)

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON 111208-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in B flat, K589

    Performers: Jerusalem Quartet

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902076.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Poeme, Op 25

    Performers: Nicola Benedetti (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor)

    • DG 987 057-7.


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