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Tuesday - 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

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
Borodin Quartet with Yuri Yurov (viola) and Mikhail Milman (cello)

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate
Julia Lezhneva (soprano)
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Couperin arr. Ades

    Les Baricades Misterieuses

    Performers: Composers Ensemble, Thomas Ades (conductor)

    • EMI 0272012.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

    Performers: Henryk Szeryng (violin), Orchestre National de l’opera de Monte-Carlo, Eduard van Remoortel (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 420 887-2.
  • 9.13: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Viadana

      Sinfonia musicali a 8 Op. 18: XII La Bergamasca

      Performers: London Brass

      • WARNER APEX 0927408232.
  • Marini

    Canzon III

    Performers: London Brass

    • WARNER APEX 0927408232.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79 No. 1

    Performers: Radu Lupu (piano)

    • DECCA 417 599-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Critics' Corner

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

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Overture: I vespri siciliani

    Performers: Filarmonica della Scala, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 478 3559.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso, Op. 3 No. 2 in B flat major

    Performers: Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

  • 10am: Proms Artists Recommend - Bryn Terfel

    • Johannes Brahms

      German Requiem: 'Herr, lehre doch mich'

      Performers: Bryn Terfel (baritone), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Colin Davis (conductor)

      • RCA 09026 60868 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808

    Performers: Andras Schiff (piano)

    • DECCA 421 640 2 .
  • 10.30: Richard Mabey's Choice

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      The Lark Ascending

      Performers: Rafael Drurian (violin), Cleveland Sinfonietta, Louis Lane (conductor)

      • SONY SBK62645.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne No. 4, Op. 15 No. 1

    Performers: Maurizio Pollini (piano)

    • EMI 5675492.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Souvenir de Florence

      Performers: Borodin Quartet with Yuri Yurov (viola) and Mikhail Milman (cello)

      • TELDEC 4509-90422.
  • 11.35: Proms Artists Recommend - Bryn Terfel

    • Franz Schubert

      Winterreise, D.911: Die Nebensonnen; Der Leiermann

      Performers: Hans Hotter (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

      • EMI 5669852.
  • 11.45am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Exsultate, jubilate

      Performers: Julia Lezhneva (soprano), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

      • DECCA 478 524 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Exsultate, jubilate


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