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Tuesday - 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: Originally Written For

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

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Badinerie (Orchestral Suite No.2, BWV1067)

    Performer: Philippe Racine. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Director: Simon Preston.
    • NOVALIS.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture No 2)

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Salve Regina

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Hyperion.
  • Anon.

    Today's Brainteaser - Originally Written For...?

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Im Krapfenwald'l (The Cuckoo Polka)

    Orchestra: Johann Strauss Orchestra. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Allegro in A minor, D.947 'Lebenssturme'

    Performer: Ricardo Castro. Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cello Concerto in A minor, RV 420

    Performer: Sol Galbetta. Performer: Andrés Gabetta. Ensemble: Cappella Gabetta.
    • Il Progetto Vivaldi 2: Sol Galbetta.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 7-9.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24 'Spring': Allegro

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Wigmore Hall Live.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Spring Symphony (Out on the lawn I lie in bed)

    Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Norma Procter. Choir: Chorus of Boys from Emanuel School, Wandsworth. Choir: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra.
    • Decca.
  • Jean‐Marie Leclair

    Forlane (Deuxieme Recreation de Musique, Op.8)

    Performer: The Four Nations Ensemble.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Madame Butterfly: 'Un bel di vedremo'

    Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
    • EMI.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a theme of Haydn, Op. 56a

    Conductor: Michael Gielen. Orchestra: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg.
    • Hanssler.
  • Gustav Holst

    Marching Song (Two Songs without Words, Op.22)

    Performer: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony in A major 'Italian', Op.90

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Originally Written For: string octet.

The music played:

Octet for Strings, Op. 20: Scherzo
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch (conductor)
EMI  CZS 575477-2


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