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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Niamh Cusack

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Rachmaninov - Preludes, Op 23; Morceaux de fantaisie, Op 3; Artists of the Week: Takacs Quartet; Strauss: Don Juan, Op 20.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Rachmaninov - Preludes Op. 23 & Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3, Howard Shelley, HYPERION CDA66081. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30. Today - Who/What/Where am I?
10am
Artists of the Week: Takács Quartet.

10.30am
Sarah's guest this week is the actress Niamh Cusack. Niamh originally trained as a professional flautist, performing with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, before pursuing a career in acting. She has played several roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Desdemona in a production of Othello with Ben Kingsley, and opposite Sean Bean in the 1986 production of Romeo and Juliet. She came to the wider public's attention as Dr. Kate Rowan in the popular television drama series Heartbeat. On stage, she appeared in Victoria Benedictsson's The Enchantment at the Royal National Theatre, Andersen's English by Sebastian Barry, and Cause Célèbre by Terence Rattigan at the Old Vic. More recently, at the Royal National Theatre, she played the role of Siobhan in the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's book The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time, which won a record seven Olivier Awards in 2013.

11am
Strauss
Don Juan, Op. 20
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DG.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Richard Addinsell

    Warsaw Concerto

    Performer: Philip Fowke. Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Proinnsías Ó Duinn.
    • Naxos.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan, Op. 20

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for flute, viola & harp (1st movement)

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance No. 9 in B major, Op 72 No 1

    Music Arranger: Patrick Clements. Ensemble: Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • ASV.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne (In London town) - overture (Op.40)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.
  • Fanny Hensel

    January; February (The Year)

    Performer: Lauma Skride.
    • Sony.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Sonata for flute and piano

    Performer: James Galway. Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • RCA.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Tribulationem et dolorem

    Choir: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • NAXOS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in G major, Op. 77 No. 1

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Decca.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio in B flat major, K 411

    Performer: Eric Hoeprich. Performer: Guy Van Waas. Performer: Carlos Riera. Performer: Alf Horberg. Performer: Lisa Klevit-Ziegler.
    • Philips.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Elegie in E flat minor, Op.3 no.1

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Hyperion.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - What am I?

The Basset Horn - a member of the clarinet family, but larger and with a bend in its body close to the mouthpiece. It also has a darker tone colour than a clarinet.

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