Wednesday - 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: First Names
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.
Today’s Brainteaser Answer
Listen to three clips of music, identify the first names of the composers, and this should lead you to a famous baby. The pieces were: Walking the Dog, by GEORGE Gershwin;the Poem of Ecstasy, by ALEXANDER Scriabin; and the Nonet, by LOUIS Spohr. George Alexander Louis - the full name of Prince George of Cambridge, son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The music played:
Walking the dog
Katia and Marielle Labeque (piano duo)
SONY CLASSICSAL 48381
Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54
New York Philharmonic
Pierre Boulez (conductor)
SONY CLASSICAL SM2K64100
End of 1st movement of Nonet in F, Op. 31