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Monday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker, and her guest, the nature writer and broadcaster Richard Mabey.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Gabrieli in Venice, London Brass, WARNER APEX 0927408232; and at 9.30 our daily brainteaser.

'Proms Artist Recommends'. Each day an artist performing later today in the BBC Proms recommends three musical works, and on Essential Classics we'll play one of those pieces around 10am.

This week is National Countryside Week, and Sarah's guest is the award-winning nature writer and broadcaster Richard Mabey. Richard is the author of some thirty books, including: Food for Free; Weeds - The Story of Outlaw Plants; Flora Britannica; and Gilbert White, which won the Whitbread Biography Award. His memoir Nature Cure, which describes how reconnecting with the wild helped him conquer depression, was short-listed for three major literary awards. He writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He has also written a personal column in BBC Wildlife Magazine since 1986.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Verdi: String Quartet
Julliard Quartet

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Julia Fischer (violin)
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
David Zinman (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

    Frosoblomster: Book I, Op. 16 No. 3: Lawn Tennis

    Performers: Noriko Ogawa (piano)

    • BIS BIS-CD-925.
  • 9.03: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Giovanni Gabrieli

      Sonata pian' e forte

      Performers: London Brass

      • WARNER APEX 0927408232.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Keyboard Sonata in A, Hob. XVI: 30

    Performers: Evgeny Kissin (piano)

    • SONY SK64 538.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Norwegian Artists' Carnival, Op. 14

    Performers: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10766.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Who's Dancing?

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

  • Burgmuller

    Duo, Op. 15

    Performers: Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHAN10637.
  • 9.57: Proms Artists Recommend - Daniel Barenboim

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'

      Performers: Bavarian State Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber (conductor)

      • ORFEO C 600 031 B.
  • 10.30: Richard Mabey's Choices

    • Anon (Philidor and Cassel Manuscripts)

      Concert Donné A Louis XIII En 1627: Les Suisses; Air Pour Les Violons; Les Nimphes De La G

      Performers: Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (conductor)

      • ALIA VOX AV9824.
  • Pierre Guédron

    A Paris sur petit pont

    Performers: La Poeme Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

    • ALPHA 019.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces, Book III, Op. 43 No. 2: Lonely Wanderer

    Performers: Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

    • HMV 5 74363 2.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      String Quartet

      Performers: Julliard Quartet

      • SONY SK 48 193.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Qui habitat

    Performers: Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel (conductor)

    • SONY SK 66261.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in D minor, Op. 23 No. 3

    Performers: Steven Osborne (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA67700.
  • 11.35am

    • Max Bruch

      Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

      Performers: Julia Fischer (violin), Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, David Zinman (conductor)

      • DECCA 478 3544.


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