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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Miranda Seymour

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Choral Music from the Renaissance and Baroque; Artist of the Week; Miranda Seymour; Sarah's Essential Choice: Brahms: Piano Quartet No 1.

Sarah Walker with her guest, the novelist and biographer Miranda Seymour.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Choral music from the Renaissance and Baroque with the Cambridge Singers and La Nuova Musica under John Rutter. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30 - today, Back to the Beginning.

Artist of the Week: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Sarah's guest this week is the novelist and biographer, Miranda Seymour. Biographies by Miranda include the lives of Ottoline Morrell, Mary Shelley, Virginia Cherrill (Chaplin's Girl), Hellé Nice (Bugatti Queen), Henry James (A Ring of Conspirators) and Robert Graves (about whom she also wrote a novel, The Telling, and a radio play, Sea Music). In My Father's House won the 2008 Pen Ackerley Memoir of the Year prize and was selected as a New York Times Book of the Year. Miranda's latest book - Noble Endeavours: Stories from England; Stories from Germany - was published earlier this year.

Sarah's Essential Choice:
Brahms orch. Schoenberg
Brahms Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Strauss II

    Perpetuum mobile 'Musikalischer Scherz' Op.257

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Herbert von Karajan (conductor).
    • DG.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Jubilate Deo

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Ensemble: Nuova Musica. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • Collegium.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Finlandia, Op 26

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No. 4, Op. 52

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • anon

    Back to the Beginning

    Conductor: anon.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Warum toben die Heiden, Op 78 No 1

    Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Daniel Reuss.
    • Ondine.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Concertino in B flat major for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: Béla Kovács. Orchestra: Camerata Budapest. Conductor: László Kovács.
    • Naxos.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris (excerpt)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony.
  • George Gershwin

    Variations on 'I got rhythm'

    Performer: Werner Haas. Orchestra: Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • Philips.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Magnificat; Nunc dimittis

    Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture, Scherzo and Finale op.52

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variations 19

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Gilded Goldbergs, Op. 86: Variation 19

    Ensemble: The Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo. Music Arranger: Robin Holloway.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Roses from the South, Op 388

    Music Arranger: Arnold Schoenberg. Ensemble: Linos Ensemble. Performer: Ryoko Morooka.
    • Capriccio.
  • Sergei Prokofiev


    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Catalogue d'oiseaux (Book V) - L'Alouette calandrelle

    Performer: Yvonne Loriod.
    • ACCORD.
  • William Boyce

    Symphony No 5 in D major

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Boyce: 8 Symphonien.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 13-15.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Back to the Beginning

The music played:

An American in Paris (excerpt)  
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
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