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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Viva Verdi: Overtures and Preludes; Artist of the Week: Andrew Davis; Astronomer Carolin Crawford; Essential Choice: Britten: Serenade.

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 - Back to the Beginning.

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

Britten: Serenade
Peter Pears (tenor)
Barry Tuckwell (horn)
London Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)

Also in this hour, Lucky Dip: Sarah dips into her CD collection and shares a piece - it could be a recent discovery, an old favourite, or simply something that just has to be heard. Expect the unexpected!

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frank Bridge

    Cherry Ripe

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Ruy Blas Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A minor, RV 461: I. Allegro non molto

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Performer: Antonio Vivaldi. Performer: David Reichenberg. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Giovanna d'Arco: Overture

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • anon

    Back to the Beginning

    Conductor: anon.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture, Op 92

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Sony.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Five Bagatelles, Op.23

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Brainteaser Answer - Symphony No. 5: 1st movement

    Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • RCA.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 8 in D minor

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Warner.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite: Waltz

    Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.
    • RCA.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47 - 3rd movement, Allegro, ma non tanto

    Performer: Kyung-wha Chung. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Decca.
  • Edward Elgar

    Great is the Lord

    Performer: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (organ). Performer: Christopher Robinson (conductor).
    • NAXOS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Singer: Peter Pears. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Decca.
  • Schubert

    Rondo in A major, D.951

    Performer: Paul Lewis (piano). Performer: Steven Osborne (piano).
  • John Dowland

    A Fantasy (Fantasie No. 6)

    Performer: Nigel North (lute).
    • NAXOS.
  • Georges Bizet

    Farandole from L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Back to the Beginning

The music played backwards was the opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

The music played:

Symphony No. 5 (opening)
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Paavo Jarvi (conductor)
RCA 88697338352 


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