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Wednesday - 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

Walton: Cello Concerto
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bryden Thomson (conductor)

Chopin: Piano Sonata in B minor
Martha Argerich (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni: "Fin ch'han dal vino", arr. Triebensee

    Performers: Athena Ensemble

    • CHANDOS CHAN6597.
  • Franz Schubert

    3 Klavierstucke, D.946: No. 1 in E flat minor

    Performers: Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

    • PHILIPS 456 572 2.
  • 9.11: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Girolamo Frescobaldi

      Canzon vigesimanona a 8; Canzon a 4

      Performers: London Brass

      • WARNER APEX 0927408232.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Concert Overture, Op. 12

    Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHSA 5115.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Back to the Beginning

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

  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Concert Fantasy on Gounod's Faust

    Performers: Gil Shaham (violin), Jonathan Feldman (piano)

    • DG 463 4832.
  • Harris

    Faire is the Heaven

    Performers: Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O’Donnell (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA66669.
  • 10am: Proms Artists Recommend - Raphael Wallfisch

    • Bridge

      Cello Sonata

      Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Peter Wallfisch (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN8499.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen, Act V: Chaconne & Chorus

    Performers: Alison Balsom (trumpet), English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    • EMI 4403292.
  • 10.30: Richard Mabey's Choices

    • Henry Purcell

      'Music for a While' 

      Performers: Alfred Deller (counter-tenor), Wieland Kuijken (bass viol), William Christie (harpsichord)

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMG50249.
  • Trad.

    Sussex Carol; Come, My Children Dere (17th Century Scottish Carol)

    Performers: Meredith Hall (soprano), Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble La Nef, Sylvain Bergeron (archlute/co-director), Jeanette Sorrell (conductor)

    • AVIE AV2269.
  • Birdsong/Improvisation

    White-Crested Laugh

    Performers: David Rothenberg (clarinet)

    • TERRA NOVA 501.
  • Richard Wagner

    Albumblatt fur Ernst Benedikt Kietz, WWV 64 'Lied ohne Worte'

    Performers: Pier Paolo Vincenzi (piano)

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • William Walton

      Cello Concerto

      Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (cello), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thompson (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHAN8959.
  • Béla Bartók

    Roumanian Folk Dances, BB76: No 1 Stick Dance

    Performers: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 454 430-2.
  • 11.34am

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Piano Sonata in B minor

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

      • EMI 5568052.


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