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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Grieg Choral Music; Artists of the Week: Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert; Alistair McGowan; Rossini: La Cenerentola.

with Sarah Walker and her guest, comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Grieg Choral Music - The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, BIS-SACD-1661

A Christmas feature with the daily brainteaser set by one of our listeners, and performances by the Artists of the Week, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert.

Sarah's guest this Christmas week is the comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan. Alistair's most recent show is You Cannot Be Serious! on ITV, and he is perhaps best known for the BBC1 top-rating comedy programme The Big Impression, which won numerous awards, including a BAFTA. He provided the voices for many of the characters in the political puppet comedy Spitting Image, and has been a regular on Radio 4 comedy shows including Weekending and The Harpoon, as well as The Game's Up on Radio Five Live.

In 2010, his first play, Timing, received a nomination for Best New Comedy in the awards. As an actor Alistair has played the title role in the quirky detective show Mayo (co-writing several later episodes), Mr Kenge in Bleak House and Spock in Tim Firth's award-winning Preston Front. He has hosted Have I Got News For You?, was one of the grumpy old men in Grumpy Guides, and has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? He is co-author of A Matter of Life and Death: How To Wean A Man Off Football.


Rossini: La Cenerentola
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anon.

    Anon. - My Lady Wynkfylds Rownde

    Performers: Trevor Pinnock (Queen Elizabeth’s Virginals)

  • 9.02: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Edvard Grieg

      Ved Rondane (At Rondane)

      Performers: The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

      • BIS SACD 1661.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Overture and Intermezzo (The Tsar's Bride)

    Performers: Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Igor Golovschin (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8553789.
  • Granados

    Los requiebros (Goyescas – Los majos enamorados Part 1)

    Performers: Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

    • DECCA 448193 2.
  • Agustín Barrios Mangoré

    Choro da Saudade

    Performers: Richard Durrant (guitar)

    • LONGMAN 030CD.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser: Mystery Piece - Births, Marriages, Deaths

      Answer: Beethoven, 4th movement of Cantata on the Death of Joseph II WoO87)

      Performers: Charlotte Margiono (soprano) Choir & Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christian Thielemann (conductor)

  • 9.37: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • Boyce

      Symphony No. 4 in F

      Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/director)

      • ARCHIV 419 631 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Quintet in E flat, K.407

    Performers: Timothy Brown (horn), Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble (1st violin Iona Brown)

    • PHILIPS 422 833 2.
  • Easedale

    Suite from 'Kew Gardens'

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10636.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for harpsichord and 2 recorders, BWV 1057 (adapted from Brandenburg Concerto No.

    Performers: Philip Pickett & Rachel Beckett (recorders), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/director)

    • ARCHIV 415 992 2.
  • 10.30: Alistair McGowan's Choices

    • Zdenek Fibich

      Poème, Op. 41 No. 6

      Performers: Balázs Szokolay (piano)

      • NAXOS 8550646.
  • Edvard Grieg

    In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt Suite No. 1)

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

    • DG 410 026 2.
  • John Field

    Nocturne No. 2 in C minor H25

    Performers: Paolo Restani (piano)

  • Offenbach arr Rosenthal

    Allegro brillante, Allegro-Valse, Mazurka, Valse & Peruvian Dance

    Performers: New Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Munch (conductor)

    • DECCA 421 173 2.
  • The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday’s CD Review

    • Gioachino Rossini

      La Cenerentola (excerpts): Sextet "Siete voi!"; Chorus "Della Fortuna instabile!"

      Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Cenerentola), Prague Chamber Choir, SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern, Albert Zedda (conductor)

  • Edvard Grieg

    Piano Concerto in A minor

    Performers: Earl Wild (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, René Leibowitz (conductor)

    • CHESKY CD50A.


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