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Friday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Telemann Wind Concertos; Michael Tilson Thomas; Sarah's Essential Choice: Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano.

with Sarah Walker, and her guest, comedian and actress Rebecca Front

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Telemann Wind Concertos - Musica Antiqua Cologne, Reinhard Goebel, ARCHIV

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

This week Sarah Walker is joined by comedian and actress Rebecca Front, best known for her performances as Nicola Murray MP in the political satire, The Thick of It. She appeared in a series of critically acclaimed satirical comedies in the early 1990s, including On The Hour, The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You...with Alan Partridge. During the 2000s, her career continued across a range of comedy genres with prominent roles in animation Monkey Dust, Time Gentlemen Please, Nighty Night, and sketch show Big Train. In recent years Rebecca has regularly appeared on comedy panel shows on British television and radio including The News Quiz, Have I Got News For You and If I Ruled The World. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Since 2006, she has been writing columns for The Guardian.

11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano
Janos Starker (cello)
György Sebok (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker: March

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

    • DG 449 726 2.
  • 9.03: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in B flat major, TV 44

      Performers: Peter Westermann, Michael Niesemann & Piet Dhont (oboes), Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel (director)

      • ARCHIV 419 633 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz No. 1, Op. 18 (Grande Valse Brillante)

    Performers: Tamas Vasary (piano)

    • DG 469 350 2.
  • César Franck

    Les Eolides

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 9875.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect - Star-crossed or ill-fated lovers

      Performers: Sibelius - Pastorale from Pelleas & Melisande Suite; Wagner - from Act 1 scene 4 Tristan & Isolde; Tchaikovsky - Fantasy overture Romeo & Juliet

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Michael Tilson Thomas

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


      Performers: Joshua Bell (violin), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

      • SONY CLASSICAL SH 94832.
  • Arnold

    Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet, Op. 37

    Performers: James Galway (flute), Gareth Hulse (oboe), Antony Pay (clarinet)

    • RCA 09026 688602.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Michael Tilson Thomas

    • George Gershwin

      Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz band version – 1926)

      Performers: George Gershwin (piano roll), Columbia Jazz Band, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

      • CBS CD42240.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Rakastava (The Beloved), Op. 14

    Performers: Scottish National Orchestra, Alexander Gibson (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 6591.
  • 10.30: Rebecca Front's Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto for harpsichord, flute and violin in A minor, BWV 1044: Alla breve

      Performers: Wilbert Hazelzet (flute), Andrew Manze (violin), Ton Koopman (harpsichord/director), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

      • ERATO 2292 45646 2.
  • Personal Shopper

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Polka peu dansante op 51 no 2

      Performers: Kathryn Stott (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10493.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Wine, women and song

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

    • DECCA 417 693 2.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Claude Debussy

      Sonata for cello and piano

      Performers: Janos Starker (cello), Gyorgy Sebok (piano)

      • MERCURY 434 358 2.
  • 11.12am

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 438 335 2.
  • 11.55: Artist of the Week - Michael Tilson Thomas

    • Gershwin (reconstructed Michael Tilson Thomas)

      Short Story

      Performers: Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)

      • CBS CD39699.
  • George Gershwin

    Short Story


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