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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week: Weber Overtures; Artists of the Week: the Tallis Scholars; Sarah's Essential Choice: Stravinsky: Le rossignol.

with Sarah Walker, and her guest, mountaineer Stephen Venables.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Weber Overtures performed by the Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artists of the Week, the Tallis Scholars.

10.30am
In the week that marks the 50th Anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay becoming the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sarah Walker?s guest is the mountaineer, writer, broadcaster and public speaker, Stephen Venables, the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. He reached the summit alone, after climbing with a small American-Canadian team, by a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face.

Everest was a thrilling highlight in a career which has taken Stephen right through the Himalaya, from Afghanistan to Tibet, making first ascents of many previously unknown mountains. His adventures have also taken him to the Rockies, the Andes, the Antarctic island South Georgia, and East and South Africa.

The stories of these travels have enthralled Stephen?s lecture audiences in theatres, schools and university clubs and at corporate conferences all over the world. He has also appeared in television documentaries for BBC, ITV and National Geographic, presented for Radio 4 and appeared in the IMAX movie Shackleton?s Antarctic Adventure.

11am: Sarah?s Essential Choice

Stravinsky: Le rossignol
Natalie Dessay (The Nightingale)
Marie McLaughlin (The Cook)
Violeta Urmana (Death)
Vsevolod Grivnov (The Fisherman)
Albert Schagidullin (The Emperor)
Laurent Naouri (The Chamberlain)
Maxim Mikhailov (Bonze)
Orchestre & choeurs de l'Opéra National de Paris
James Conlon (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Humoresque, Op. 10 No. 2 (arr. Stokowski)

    Performers: National Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

    • SONY 88691971152-06.
  • 9.02: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      Overture to Der Freischutz, J277

      Performers: Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow (conductor)

      • BIS-SACD-1760.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in F minor, K.466

    Performers: Yuja Wang (piano)

    • DG 477 8795.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3

    Performers: The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

    • DG 477 8730.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Spot the Openings

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

  • 9.31: Artists of the Week - The Tallis Scholars

    • Mouton

      Nesciens mater

      Performers: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)

      • GIMELL CDGIM 047.
  • Turina

    La oración del torero (The toreador's prayer), Op. 34

    Performers: Brodsky Quartet

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10761.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G

    Performers: Martha Argerich (piano), Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • DG 477 9145.
  • 10.05: Artists of the Week - The Tallis Scholars

    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Missa Brevis

      Performers: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)

      • GIMELL CDGIM 008.
  • 10.30: Stephen Venables' Choices

    • Dudley Moore

      Little Miss Britten

      Performers: Dudley Moore (piano and vocals)

      • EMI 8 54045 2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Messa da Requiem: Libera me (conclusion)

    Performers: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig (mezzo soprano), Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass), Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)

    • EMI 5 67560 2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in A flat, Op. 110: Adagio ma non troppo; Fugue

    Performers: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

    • DECCA 443 706-2.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Le Rossignol

      Performers: Natalie Dessay (The Nightingale), Marie McLaughlin (The Cook), Violeta Urmana (Death), Vsevolod Grivnov (The Fisherman), Albert Schagidullin (The Emperor), Laurent Naouri (The Chamberlain), Maxim Mikhailov (Bonze), Orchestre & choeurs de l'Opéra National de Paris, James Conlon (conductor)

      • EMI 5 56874 2.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E, K.380

    Performers: Yuja Wang (piano)

    • DG 477 8795.

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