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Friday - 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: Only Connect

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

  • Kalevi Aho

    Symphony No. 1: 1st movement

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Lucia di Lammermoor: 'Spargi d'amaro pianto'

    Performer: Raffaele Arié. Choir: Chorus of the Maggio Musicale of Florence. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale of Florence. Singer: Maria Callas. Singer: Tito Gobbi. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A minor, BWV 1055R

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Iona Brown.
    • Newton Classics.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV825

    Performer: Julian Bream. Performer: George Malcolm.
    • RCA.
  • Frederick Delius

    La calinda

    Music Arranger: Eric Fenby. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Incidental music to Grania and Diarmid

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • DG.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar): Overture

    Orchestra: United Kingdom Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Regis.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in G, K.301

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: Walter Klien.
    • Philips.
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande

    Air de Combattants (Les Folies de Cardenio)

    Ensemble: Musica Florea. Director: Marek Štryncl.
    • MBF.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Performer: Augustin Dumay. Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Gérard Caussé. Performer: Jian Wang.
    • DG.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    La belle Hélène (Overture)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • French Bonbons: BBC Philharmonic/Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Richard Arnell

    Symphony No.7 'Mandela', Op.201 real./compl.Yates

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Martin Yates.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat major, D.899 no.4

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Vincent Youmans

    Tea for Two (Tahiti trot)

    Music Arranger: Dmitry Shostakovich. Music Arranger: Dmitry Shostakovich. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Only Connect

The connection was Horses’ gaits – the way that horses move: Walk, Trot, Galop.

The music played:

The WALK to the Paradise Garden, from A Village Romeo and Juliet
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor)
LONDON 421 390 2    

Youmans arr. Shostakovich
Tahiti TROT
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
DECCA 433 702 2   

Posthorn GALOP
The Regimental Band of the 17th/21st Lancers


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