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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
Takacs Quartet

Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 2
Lynn Harrell (cello)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bacewicz


    Performers: Midori (violin), Robert McDonald (piano)

    • SONY SK52568.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Symphony No. 6 in E flat major

    Performers: London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA66561/3.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev


    Performers: Freddy Kempf (piano)

    • BIS-SACD-1580.
  • 9.24: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Marini

      Sonata in Echo

      Performers: London Brass

      • WARNER APEX 0927408232.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Who am I?

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

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Furchte dich, bin ich bei dir, BWV 288

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

  • Percy Grainger

    Scotch Strathspey and Reel

    Performers: Marc-Andre-Hamelin (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA66884.
  • 10am: Proms Artists Recommend - Juanjo Mena

    • Anton Bruckner

      Symphony No. 7: II. Adagio

      Performers: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Sergiu Celibidache (conductor)

      • EMI 5 56695 2.
  • 10.30: Richard Mabey's Choices

    • George Frideric Handel

      Messiah, Part II: Surely he hath borne our griefs; And with His stripes we are healed; All

      Performers: Choir of New College, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music, Edward Higginbottom (conductor)

      • NAXOS 8.570131-32.
  • Golijov

    Ayre: Wa Habibi (My Love)

    Performers: Dawn Upshaw (soprano), The Andalucian Dogs

    • DG 477 5414.
  • Roussel

    Joueurs pour flute, Op. 27: Tityre

    Performers: Kenneth Smith (flute), Paul Rhodes (piano)

    • DIVINE ART dda35066.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in E flat, Op. 127

      Performers: Takacs Quartet

      • DECCA 470 849-2.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau


    Performers: John Kitchen (harpsichord)

    • DELPHIAN DCD34112.
  • 11.41am

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119

      Performers: Lynn Harrell (cello), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

      • DECCA 475 465-2.


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