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Thursday - 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: What am I?

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

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphonic Variations

    Conductor: Marin Alsop. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
    • Naxos.
  • Anonymous

    Petits riens

    Ensemble: Allegorie.
    • ALPHA.
  • Max Bruch

    Romance in F major for viola and orchestra, Op 85

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Umberto Giordano

    Andrea Chenier: 'La mamma morta'

    Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Philhamonia Orchestra. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
    • EMI.
  • Christian Cannabich

    Sinfonia in E flat major

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • Warner.
  • Ernest Chausson


    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in C major, Op 10 No 1

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Gloria for soloists, chorus and orchestra (RV.589) in D major, [complete]

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Singer: Katharine Gowers. Singer: Margaret Cameron. Singer: Lucy Ballard. Singer: Elinor Carter.
    • Vivaldi: Gloria, Handel: Gloria, Dixit Dominus: John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips Classics.
    • 1-11.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Spanish Overture No 1

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Regis.
  • Robert Schumann

    Drei Romanzen, Op. 28: No. 2 Einfach

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K.453

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur)

    Performer: Olivier Latry.
    • DG.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Jubilate Deo omnis terra

    Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Giovanni Paisiello

    Il Duello Comico, Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. Conductor: Enrique Mazzola.
    • Paisielle: Overtures and Symphonies: Enrique Mazzola.
    • Dynamic.
    • 3.
  • Robert Schumann

    Kreisleriana, Op. 16: Ausserst bewegt; Sehr langsam

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Sony.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Where am I?

Tintagel, the village on the north Cornish coast. It’s said to have been the site of King Arthur’s court, and it’s also associated with the legend of Tristan.


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