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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Artists of the Week: the Melos Ensemble; Novelist and journalist Andrew Martin; Sarah's Essential Choice: Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D.

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

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser from one of our listeners, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Melos Ensemble.

10.30am
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.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D Op.36
Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner
ARCHIV 4083022.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    12 Etudes - Pour les degres chromatiques

    Performers: Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

    • DG 479 0056.
  • Rachmaninoff-Respighi

    Cinq Etudes-Tableaux: II La Foire, Op. 33 No. 7; V Marche, Op. 39 No. 9

    Performers: Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos (conductor)

    • TELARC 80396.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Rondo in C for two pianos, Op. 73

    Performers: Samson Francois and Pierre Barbizet (pianos)

    • EMI 574457.
  • 9.19: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

      Concerto a 5 in F, Op. 9 No. 3 for oboes, strings and continuo

      Performers: Frank De Bruine and Alfredo Bernardini (oboes), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

      • DECCA 4581292.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Listener Brainteaser

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

  • 9.33: Artists of the Week - The Melos Ensemble

    • Darius Milhaud

      Suite for violin, clarinet and piano

      Performers: The Melos Ensemble of London

      • EMI 9185142.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Overture

    Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)

    • RCA GD 60387.
  • Lefebure-Wely

    Sortie, Bolero de Concert, Op. 166

    Performers: Christopher Herrick (organ of the Royal Albert Hall)

    • HYPERION CDA66258.
  • 10.03: Artists of the Week - The Melos Ensemble

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, K.452

      Performers: The Melos Ensemble

      • EMI 9185142.
  • Erik Satie

    Descriptions automatiques: Sur un casque

    Performers: Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902017.8.
  • 10.30: Andrew Martin's Choice

    • Claude Debussy

      String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      • EMI 5675502.
  • Mompou

    Variations sur un theme de Chopin

    Performers: Federico Mompou (piano)

    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 6515/3.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36

      Performers: Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

      • ARCHIV 439 900-2.
  • Petrobelli

    Psalm III: Laetatus sum

    Performers: The Gonzaga Band

    • CHACONNE CHAN0782.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Concertino in E flat, Op. 26

    Performers: Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Dresden Staatskapelle, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    • EMI 5679892.

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