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Monday - Sarah Walker with Howard Brenton

With Sarah Walker. Essential CD of the Week: Glinka - Overtures and Dances; Artist of the Week: Maria Joao Pires; Playwright Howard Brenton; Sarah's Essential Choice: Maria Callas.

Sarah Walker with her guest, the playwright and screenwriter Howard Brenton.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Glinka - Overtures and Dances featuring the USSR Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov, and at 9.30am, our daily brainteaser: Who's Dancing?

Artist of the Week: Maria Joao Pires

This week, Sarah's guest is the award-winning playwright and screenwriter Howard Brenton. Known for his state-of-the-nation political comedies and satires, his plays have included #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, The Churchill Play, Weapons of Happiness, Anne Boleyn, 55 Days (a fictional meeting between Cromwell and Charles I) and, with David Hare, Pravda and Brassneck. He has written a number of screenplays, including episodes for the BBC TV series, Spooks, and has produced translations of plays by Goethe, Brecht and Georg Büchner.

Essential Choice: Maria Callas.
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas, Sarah Walker presents classic recordings from her spectacular operatic career.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jacques Offenbach

    Gaite parisienne: Polka

    Orchestra: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Kunzel.
    • Telarc.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in B flat major, Op 9 No 1

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan and Ludmilla: overture

    Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Regis.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Chandos.
  • anon

    Who's Dancing?

    Conductor: anon.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah (Dublin version, 1742): Excerpts

    Singer: Annie Gill. Singer: Matthew Brook. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort and Players. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn.
  • Antonio Valente

    Gagliarda napolitana

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Air, A Baroque Journey: Daniel Hope.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 18.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in B flat major, K 254

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Performer: Augustin Dumay.
    • DG.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Il Corsaro - Overture

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic.
    • Verdi: Overtures and Preludes: Berliner Philharmoniker, Karajan.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10.
  • Béla Bartók

    Piano Concerto No. 1: 3rd movement

    Performer: Anda Géza. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor: Sarabande; Double; Tempo di borea

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux.
    • Philips.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Gwendoline: overture

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • MERCURY.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Norma: 'Casta Diva'

    Singer: Maria Callas. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38; Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No 1 in B flat major, Op 38, 'Spring'

    Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Schmetterling, Op.43 No.1

    Composer: Edvard Grieg. Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
    • DG.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Who's Dancing? Mephistopheles

The music played:

Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DG  415 967-2


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