Thursday - Sarah Walker
A sequence of great music in classic recordings, with Sarah Walker and her guest Richard Mabey, the nature writer and broadcaster.
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
Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 127
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 2
Lynn Harrell (cello)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).