Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Douglas Kennedy
With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week; Brainteaser: Listener Puzzle; Artist of the Week: Emanuel Ax; Essential Choice: Mozart: Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), K477.
with Sarah Walker and her guest, novelist and travel writer Douglas Kennedy.
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - plays Wagner, Sibelius, Puccini, Wolf, Turina, Dvorak, Berlioz DG 431 680-2. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30: today, Listener Puzzle.
Artist of the Week: Emanuel Ax.
Sarah's guest this week is the American novelist Douglas Kennedy. Born in Manhattan, Douglas divides his time between there and Maine as well as Berlin, Paris and London. His books are internationally renowned, with 11 novels translated in 22 countries. Three films have been made from his work, including 'The Big Picture' starring Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve, and 'The Woman in the Fifth' with Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas. He is the most celebrated modern American writer in France where his last six novels have all been critically acclaimed no.1 Bestsellers. In 2007 he was awarded The Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and received the first Grand Prix du Figaro two years later. He continues to contribute reportage, essays and literary reviews to The Times The New Statesman, Le Monde, Le Figaro and Le Nouvel Observateur. His most recent novel, 'Five Days', was published to critical acclaim in 2013 and is published by Arrow in paperback next month.
Sarah's Essential Choice:
Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), K477
London Symphony orchestra
Istvan Kertesz (conductor).
Today's Brainteaser Answer - Puzzle
We heard three pieces of music – a symphony, a violin sonata and a ballet, all of which have names that belong to Stradivarius violins. The first piece was Mozart’s 'Jupiter' Symphony – and the Jupiter Stradivarius belonged to Viotti; then the 'Kreutzer' sonata by Beethoven – the Kreutzer Stradivarius belongs to Maxim Vengerov; and finally, part of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty – the Sleeping Beauty Stradivarius is on loan to Isabelle Faust.
The music played:
Jupiter Symphony – no 41 in C K551
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Riccardo Muti (conductor)
Philips 442 126 2
Finale of Kreutzer Sonata – no 9 op 47
Itzhak Perlman (violin)
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
DECCA 410 554 2
Waltz (Act 1 Sleeping Beauty)
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)
DG 457 634 2