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Friday - 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: Stenhammar: 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 feature for Christmas week 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

Stenhammar: Symphony No. 1 in F major
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor)
DG 445 857-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Fossils (Carnival of the Animals)

    Performers: John Ogdon and Brenda Lucas (pianos) , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 7698422.
  • 9.02: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Edvard Grieg

      I Himmelen (In Heav'n Above), 4 Psalms Op. 74 No. 4

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

      • BIS SACD 1661.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048

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

    • ARCHIV 423 492 2.
  • Franz Liszt

    2 'Paganini' Etudes S141: No. 2 in E flat major ('Octave'); No. 5 in E major ('La Chasse')

    Performers: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA 67370.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser - Only Connect Answer: Tears or Crying

      Mozart: Lacrimosa (Requiem) Donizetti: Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore), Dowland: Fl

  • John Dowland

    Goe crysall tears

    Performers: Paul Agnew (tenor), Christopher Wilson (piano)

    • METRONOME MET CD 1010.
  • 9.32: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • George Frideric Handel

      Organ concerto, Op. 4 No. 4 in F major

      Performers: Simon Preston (organ), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

      • ARCHIV 435 037 2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Cheryomushki Suite, Op. 105: A spin through Moscow; Ballet

    Performers: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Erez Ofer (solo violin/leader), Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 452 597 2.
  • 10am: Artists of the Week - Trevor Pinnock & The English Concert

    • Henry Purcell

      Welcome to all the pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1683)

      Performers: Michael Chance (countertenor), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Michael George (bass), Choir of the English Concert, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/director)

      • ARCHIV 427 663 2.
  • Kabalevsky

    Four Preludes, Op. 5

    Performers: Artur Pizarro (piano)

    • COLLINS CLASSICS 14182COL.
  • 10.30: Alistair McGowan's Choices

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      The Old Castle (Pictures at an Exhibition)

      Performers: Berlin Phiharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      • DG 445 238 2.
  • Zidani

    Inspiration No. 2 in E minor

    Performers: Marcel Zidani (piano)

    • CD Title: Piano in the Small Hours.
  • Sir Hamilton Harty

    The Fair Day, from An Irish Symphony

    Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

    • LYRITA CLASSICS SRCD336.
  • Vecsay

    Le Vent

    Performers: Ruggiero Ricci (violin), Ernest Lush (piano)

    • DECCA 433 220 2.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Wilhelm Stenhammar

      Symphony No. 1 in F major (1902 - 03)

      Performers: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

      • DG 445 857 2.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

    Performers: The King’s Singers

    • SIGNUM TWO SIGCD502.
  • Trad arr. Lawson

    Noël nouvelet

    Performers: The King’s Singers

    • SIGNUM TWO SIGCD502.
  • Michael Praetorius & Trad

    Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen; Noel nouvelet

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