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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Fiona Shaw

With Sarah Walker. Includes Essential CD of the Week; Artists of the Week: The Borodin Quartet; actress Fiona Shaw; 15 Georgian Pleasures: Herschel: Symphony No 8 in C minor.

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
Symphony No. 8 in C minor
London Mozart Players
Matthias Bamert (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Charles‐Marie Widor

    Organ Symphony No.2 in D Op.13 No.2 - Scherzo-Allegro

    Performer: Joseph Nolan.
    • Signum.
  • Claude Debussy

    Marche écossaise

    Orchestrator: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Franz Ignaz Beck

    Symphony in B flat Op.3 No.2

    Orchestra: Toronto Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • Naxos.
  • Carl Heinrich Biber

    Sonata Sancti Polycarpi

    Ensemble: Cantus Cölln. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Conductor: Konrad Junghänel.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • anon


    Conductor: anon.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No.12 in C minor D.703 'Quartettsatz'

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Virgin.
  • Frank Bridge


    Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • Naxos.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (Act 3 Orfeo ed Eurydice)

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • EMI.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No.8

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • London.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18: Allegro scherzando

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Warner.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Dialogues des Carmalites, Act III Scene IV: "Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae"

    Singer: Felicity Palmer. Singer: Jane Powell. Singer: Anne Marie Gibbons. Singer: Sarah Tynan. Singer: Catrin Wyn Davies. Choir: English National Opera Chorus. Orchestra: English National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Chandos.
  • John Dowland

    The Shoemaker's Wife (A Toy)

    Performer: Nigel North (lute).
    • NAXOS.
  • William Hershel

    Symphony No.8 in C minor

    Performer: London Mozart Players. Performer: Matthias Bamert (conductor).
    • CHANDOS.
  • David Diamond

    Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel

    Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: John Adams.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Gaspard de la nuit

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Edward Elgar


    Performer: Robert Tear (tenor). Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Vernon Handley (conductor).
    • EMI.
  • Thomas Tallis

    In jejunio et fletu for 5 voices

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575: Alamire, David Skinner.
    • Obsidian.
    • 7.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Puzzle

A poet whose works were set to music by numerous composers. To spell the poet’s name, take the first letter of the composer's surname followed by the first letter of the work. Keep the letters in that order and they spell the name of a poet.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Answer: G-O-E-T-H-E


The music played:

J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (Act 3 Orfeo ed Eurydice)
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Lyon Opera Orchestra
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
EMI 928 046 2  

Twilight (op. 59 No. 6)
Robert Tear (tenor)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Vernon Handley (conductor)
EMI CDM 764731 2 

Egdon Heath, Op. 47
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox (conductor)


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