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Tuesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Viva Verdi: Overtures and Preludes; Artist of the Week: Andrew Davis; Astronomer Carolin Crawford; Essential Choice: Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Viva Verdi: Overtures and Preludes - Filarmonica della Scala/Riccardo Chailly, DECCA; and at 9.30 our brainteaser - Critics' Corner.

Artist of the Week: Andrew Davis

Sarah's guest in World Space Week, is the astronomer Carolin Crawford. Carolin regularly delivers science outreach presentations to over 4,000 people annually and is a regular in broadcast media, with numerous appearances on programmes such as In Our Time and Home Planet on BBC Radio 4. She is a Fellow and Lecturer at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as well as Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, a position in which she delivers free public lectures within the City of London. In 2009 Carolin was recognized for her outstanding abilities by a Women of Outstanding Achievement Award by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, presented for "communication of science with a contribution to society."

Sarah's Essential Choice

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op. 83
Emil Gilels (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Eugen Jochum (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    March, Op 99

    Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata: Prelude to Act I

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzona 13 a 12; Canzona 9 a 10

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Virgin.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
    • EMI.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Wasps Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Warner.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo brillant, D 895

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Hyperion.
  • Clément Doucet


    Composer: Frédéric Chopin. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Le Boeuf sur le toit : Swinging Paris.
    • Virgin.
    • 1.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No. 2 in B minor

    Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • CBS Maestro.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4: Conclusion

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • Verklärte Nacht / Variationen für Orchester (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. condu.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 004.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hear my Prayer

    Performer: Rachel Bennett (soprano). Performer: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge. Performer: Mark Williams (organ). Performer: Richard Marlow (conductor).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Eugen Jochum.
    • DG.
  • Bach

    The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus 8 in 3 parts

    Performer: Musica Antiqua Köln. Performer: Reinhard Goebel (director).
    • DG.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Critics' Corner

Frederic Chopin, after giving the premiere of his Second Piano Concerto in October 1830, just before he left Poland for the last time.


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