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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Grieg Choral Music; Artists of the Week: Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert; Essential Choice: Dvorak: Serenade for Strings.

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

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Grieg Choral Music - The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, BIS-SACD-1661

9.30-10.30am
A Christmas feature where our listeners set the daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artists of the Week, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert.

10.30am
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 whatsonstage.com 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.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice

Dvorak: Serenade for Strings
Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor)
DECCA 470 262-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • 9am: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

      Ou s'en vont ces gais bergers? (from Noels sur les instruments H 534)

      Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

      • ARCHIV 435 202 2.
  • 9.02: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Edvard Grieg

      Kveldssang for Blakken (Goodnight Song for Dobbin), Op. 61 No. 5

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

      • BIS SACD 1661.
  • Grieg arr. Pedersen

    I Foketone (In the Folk Style) from Op. 71 No. 1 (Once upon a time)

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

    • BIS SACD 1661.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture: William Tell

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Guilini (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 7690422.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2

    Performers: Albrecht Mayer (oboe), Marius Becker (piano)

    • EMI 573167 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Allegro (3rd mvmt) of Organ Sonata in E flat major, BWV 525

    Performers: Ton Koopman (Schnitger organ of St Jacobi Kirche in Hamburg)

    • TELDEC 4509944602.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Famous First Chords - Answers: Saint-Saens, finale of 'Organ' Symphony no 3; Grieg, Piano

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

    • Johann Melchior Molter

      Concerto pastorale in G

      Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

      • ARCHIV 435 262 2.
  • Maurice Ravel - Menuet antique

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

  • Roussel

    Divertissement, Op. 6

    Performers: Catherine Cantin (flute), Maurice Bourgue (oboe), Michel Portal (clarinet), Amaury Wallez (bassoon), André Casalet (horn), Pascal Rogé (piano)

    • DECCA 425 861 2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Salut d'amore op 12

    Performers: Kyung Wha Chung (violin), Philip Moll (piano)

    • DECCA 433 220 2.
  • 10am: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Symphony No. 25, K.183

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

      • ARCHIV 439 915 2.
  • 10.30: Alistair McGowan's Choices

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

      Performers: Daniel Barenboim (piano)

      • DG 471 743 2.
  • R Strauss arr. Arnolde Wilke

    Morgen Op. 27 No. 4

    Performers: Charlotte Page (soprano), The London Salon Ensemble

    • MERIDIAN CDE 84416.
  • William Byrd

    The leaves be green

    Performers: The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

    • DEUX-ELLES DXL 1118.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Serenade for strings

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

      • DECCA 470 2622.
  • George Gershwin

    I'll build a stairway to paradise; Fascinating rhythm (George Gershwin Songbook for Piano)

    Performers: Richard Rodney Bennett (piano)

    • CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 52346 2.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Trio Pathetique in D minor

    Performers: Harmoniemusik

    • HM007/002.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Roman Carnival Overture

    Performers: Dresden Staatskapelle, Colin Davis (conductor)

    • RCA 09026 687902.

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