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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Artists of the Week: the Melos Ensemble; Novelist and journalist Andrew Martin; Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 43 (CD Review Building a Library).

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week - Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op.9 with the Academy of Ancient Music - DECCA 4591292.

A daily brainteaser from one of our listeners, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Melos Ensemble.

Sarah Walker's guest this week is the novelist and journalist Andrew Martin, whose writing career was launched when he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year Award in 1988. Since then he has written for The Guardian, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Independent and Granta, among other publications. His columns have appeared in ES Magazine, the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman.

Andrew is also a prolific novelist. The Necropolis Railway was the first in the series of historical thrillers featuring the railwayman turned railway policeman, Jim Stringer. It was followed by The Blackpool Highflyer, The Lost Luggage Porter, Murder at Deviation Junction, Death on A Branch Line, and The Last Train to Scarborough, all of which are published by Faber. Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line were both shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Awards in 2007 and 2008, and Andrew was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger In The Library Award 2008 for the entire series. The new Jim Stringer novel, The Somme Stations, is out in March.

Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D Op.43
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius


    Performers: Helsinki University Chorus, Matti Hyokki (conductor)

  • Franz Berwald

    Estrella de Soria – Overture

    Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulf Bjorlin (conductor)

    • EMI 5 65866 2.
  • 9.12: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

      Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op. 9 No. 1 for violin, strings and continuo

      Performers: Andrew Manze (violin), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

      • DECCA 4581292.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI:25

    Performers: Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA67882.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Mystery Piece

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

  • 9.37: Artists of the Week - The Melos Ensemble

    • Robert Schumann

      Fantasiestucke, Op. 73 – Rasch und mit Feuer

      Performers: The Melos Ensemble

      • EMI 9185142.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The Four Seasons: 'Spring'

    Performers: Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi (conductor)

    • VIRGIN 5 61980 2.
  • 10.00: Artists of the Week - The Melos Ensemble

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      Clarinet Quintet in B flat, Op. 34

      Performers: The Melos Ensemble

      • EMI 9185142.
  • Percy Grainger

    English Dance

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10638(19).
  • 10.30: Andrew Martin's Choices

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' – Andante molto mosso

      Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Bohm (conductor)

      • DG 447 4332.
  • Maurice Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin – Toccata

    Performers: Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

  • William Crotch

    How Dear are Thy Counsels

    Performers: Choir of New College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom (conductor)

    • PORTRAIT PLC2102.
  • 11am:

    • Jean Sibelius

      Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43

      Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday’s CD Review

  • Scarlatti-Avison

    Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor

    Performers: The Avison Ensemble

    • DIVINE ART DDA21213.


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