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Thursday - 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: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1.

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 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

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 'Winter Daydreams'
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)
EMI 65709.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Trio in E flat major, D 897, 'Notturno'

    Ensemble: Trio Fontenay.
    • Teldec.
  • Ibert

    1st of Trois Pieces Breves

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

    • BIS CD536.
  • Turina

    3 Pieces from Niñerias Book 1: Ce Que L'on Voit sur la Giralda Op. 21 No. 2; A la mémoire

    Performers: Mirian Conti (piano)

    • KOCH 3 7322 2.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Overture: Die Freischutz

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)

    • EMI CDZ 569 579 2.
  • 9.23: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Edvard Grieg

      Blegnet, segnet (Ved en ung hustrus bare) transl. Withered, Fallen (at the Bier of a Young

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

      • BIS SACD 1661.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Critics' Corner - Answer: Tchaikovsky writing about Grieg

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

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      'Spring' Op. 8 No. 1 (The Four Seasons)

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

      • ARCHIV 400 0452.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance Op. 46 No. 4 in F major

    Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    • SUPRAPHON SU34222.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Scherzo (Lyric Pieces op 54 no 5)

    Performers: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (piano)

    • NAXOS 8553395.
  • Mozart arr. Leleux

    'Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden'; 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' for oboe and orchestra (Die Z

    Performers: Francois Leleux (oboe/conductor), Camerata Salzburg

    • SONY CLASSICAL 8869/365482.
  • 10am: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      Overture (Suite) in D major TWV 55:D19

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

      • ARCHIV 437 5582.
  • Rosenthal

    Papillons

    Performers: Stephen Hough (piano)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS VC790732 2.
  • 10.30: Alistair McGowan's Choices

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Symphony No. 2: Adagio

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 5669822.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Waltz No. 2 from Jazz Suite No. 2

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • WARNER 9362474502.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Dreams'

      Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

      • EMI 565709 2.
  • Anon.

    Que me quereis, cavallero

    Performers: La Morra

    • RAMÉE RAM 1203.
  • Franz Schubert

    Nocturne in E flat, D.897

    Performers: Trio Fontenay

    • TELDEC 4509945582.

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