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Friday - 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; Essential Choice: Britten: Arethusa.

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 - Only Connect

Artists of the Week: Takács Quartet.

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.

Sarah's Essential Choice:
Arethusa (Metamorphoses after Ovid)
Hansjörg Schellenberger (oboe)

Quintet in C major, D.956
Takács Quartet
Ralph Kirshbaum (cello)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bernard & Black


    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • John Dowland

    Lady Hunsdon's Puffe; Orlando Sleepeth

    Performer: Nigel North.
    • Naxos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Preludes, Op. 23: No. 6 in E flat major; No. 3 in D minor

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Hyperion.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op 27

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini

    Recorder Sonata in B flat No 21

    Performer: Stefano Bagliano. Ensemble: Collegium Pro Musica.
    • Brilliant Classics.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Larghetto for horn and orchestra

    Performer: Ronald Janezic. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • DG.
  • Trad

    The Kiss, Dear Maid, WoO 153 No. 9; The Elfin Fairies, WoO 154 No. 1

    Singer: Wolfgang Holzmair. Ensemble: Trio Fontenay. Music Arranger: Ludwig van Beethoven.
    • Philips.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Five Bagatelles, Op. 9

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Decca.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Le roi d'Ys (Overture)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
    • EMI.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Andante Cantabile (Petite Symphonie)

    Performer: William Bennett. Performer: Clifford Benson. Music Arranger: Bennett, William.
    • BRAVURA.
  • Percy Grainger

    The Sea-wife

    Performer: The Joyful Company of Singers. Performer: City of London Sinfonia. Performer: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    'Arethusa', from 6 Metamorphoses after Ovid

    Performer: Hansjörg Schellenberger.
    • Campanella.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quintet in C major, D.956

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Hyperion.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Scotland:


The music played:


Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ – 2nd movement Vivace
London Symphony Orchestra
Peter Maag (conductor)
DECCA 466 990 2   


Scottish Dance, Op. 59 No. 1 (Pesante)
Bryden Thomson (conductor)


Coronation Scot
BBC Concert Orchestra
Vernon Handley (conductor)
SONY CLASSICAL 88697707372


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