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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Marina Lewycka

With Sarah Walker. Including the Essential CD of the Week: Liszt at the Opera - Louis Lortie, Artists of the Week: Purcell Quartet and Sarah's guest, the author Marina Lewycka.

with Sarah Walker and her guest, the novelist, Marina Lewycka.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Liszt at the Opera - Louis Lortie, CHANDOS. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artists of the Week: Purcell Quartet

Sarah's guest this week is the author Marina Lewycka. Her debut novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, won the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing at the Hay Literary Festival, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. It has been translated into thirty-five languages. Marina's other novels include We Are All Made of Glue, Various Pets Alive and Dead, and Two Caravans, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Orwell Prize for political writing. In 2009, she donated the short story The Importance of Having Warm Feet to Oxfam's Ox-Tales project, as well as another short story, Business Philosophy, to the Amnesty International anthology, Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition to her fiction, Lewycka has written a number of books giving practical advice for carers of elderly people, published by the charity Age Concern.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Fanfare (L'éventail de Jeanne)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Liszt

    Waltz from the opera 'Faust' by Gounod, S407

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Norman Del Mar.
    • EMI.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Prelude No.5 in D major

    Performer: Narciso Yepes.
    • DG.
  • anon.

    Today's Brainteaser - Who's Singing?

    Singer: anon..
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Sonata I (Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes)

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Danse characteristique op 72 no 4

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for four harpsichords & strings, BWV1065

    Performer: Robert Woolley. Performer: Paul Nicholson. Performer: Laurence Cummings. Performer: John Toll. Ensemble: Purcell Quartet. Performer: Jane Rogers. Performer: Peter Buckoke.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Michael c.1571-1621) Praetorius

    Dances by Praetorius & Byrd's Pavane for the Earl of Salibury

    Ensemble: The Fairer Sax Saxphone Quartet. Composer: William Byrd.
    • SAYDISC.
  • François Couperin

    La Sultane (Les Nations, Troisieme Ordre)

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet. Performer: Susanna Pell.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Anitra's Dance (Peer Gynt Suite no 1)

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesus, bleibet meine Freude (Cantata No 147)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv.
  • Prokofiev

    Meeting friends (The Prodigal Son op 46)

    Performer: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Performer: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Busoni (after Mozart)

    Giga, bolero e variazione (Bk 3 An die Jugend BV254)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
  • Vitali

    Capricccio secondo

    Performer: Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Cello Sonata

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: Benjamin Britten.
    • DG.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who's Singing?

Lenski, from Tchaikovsky's opera, Eugene Onegin.


The music played:


Lenski’s aria ‘Wohin bist du entschwunden’ from Eugen Onegin, Act 2
Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Horst Stein (conductor)
EMI CZS  762995 2


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