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Monday - Sarah Walker with Fiona Shaw

With Sarah Walker. Including Essential CD of the Week; Artists of the Week: The Borodin Quartet; Guest: Actress Fiona Shaw; 15 Georgian Pleasures: Arne: Where the Bee Sucks.

Sarah Walker with her guest, the actress and director Fiona Shaw.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artists of the Week: The Borodin Quartet

23rd April 2014 will mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, and Sarah's guest this week is the actress and director, Fiona Shaw. Fiona has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She notably played the male lead in Richard II, directed by Deborah Warner, and in 2009 she collaborated with Warner again, taking the lead role in Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. In an article for The Daily Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen described their professional relationship as "surely one of the most richly creative partnerships in theatrical history." Fiona has also worked in film and television, including the American TV show True Blood, and the films My Left Foot, Jane Eyre, Persuasion, and five of the Harry Potter films, in which she played Harry's aunt, Petunia Dursley. As well as acting, she has directed operas, including Vaughan Williams's Riders to the Sea for ENO and Britten's The Rape of Lucretia for the Glyndebourne Tour. Fiona was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.

18th Century season: 15 Georgian Pleasures
Where the Bee sucks
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

Symphony No. 2 'The 4 Temperaments'
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Two pieces for String Quartet - Polka

    Performer: Borodin Quartet.
    • TELDEC.
  • Mihail Glinka

    Souvenir d'une nuit d'ete a Madrid

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: vassily Sinaisky (conductor).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Georg Muffat

    Missa in Labore Requies - Kyrie

    Performer: Cantus Cölln. Performer: Concerto Palatino. Performer: Konrad Junghänel.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in B flat major Op.4 No.2 HWV290

    Performer: Bob van Asperen (organ). Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • VIRGIN.
  • John Philip Sousa

    The Chariot Race

    Performer: The Royal Artillery Band. Performer: Keith Brion (conductor).
    • NAXOS.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Serenata alla spagnola

    • TELDEC.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noon Witch

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • John Philip Sousa

    Sabre and Spurs

    Performer: Eastman Wind Ensemble. Performer: Frederick Fennell (conductor).
  • Alexander Borodin

    String Quartet No.2

    Performer: Borodin Quartet.
    • DECCA.
  • Thomas Tallis

    If ye love me

    Performer: The Cardinall’s Musick. Performer: Andrew Carwood (director).
  • Henry Purcell

    Dido and Aeneas - Scenes from The Grove

    Performer: Les Arts Florissants. Performer: William Christie (conductor).
    • ERATO.
  • Jean Sibelius


    Performer: Karita Mattila (soprano). Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Sakari Oramo (conductor).
    • WARNER.
  • Rachmaninov (arr Kocsis)


    Performer: Howard Shelley (piano).
  • Thomas Arne

    Where the bee sucks

    Performer: Emma Kirkby (soprano). Performer: Academy of Ancient Music. Performer: Christopher Hogwood (conductor).
    • DECCA.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No.2 'The Four Temperaments'

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Ole Schmidt (conductor).
    • REGIS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in G flat D.899 No.3

    Performer: Alfred Brendel (piano).
    • PHILIPS.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'Isle Joyeuse (orch Molinari)

    Performer: Orchestre National de Lyon. Performer: Jun Märkl.
    • NAXOS.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Transports of Delight

Answer: Chariots.


The music played:


John Philip Sousa
The Chariot Race       
Royal Artillery Band
Keith Brion (conductor)
NAXOS 8.559132


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