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Thursday - 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 E flat, Op. 63
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Biagio Marini

    Canzon seconda (Sonate, symphoniae, canzoni, pass'emezzi, baletti... Op.8)

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Reiminiscences of Don Giovanni by Mozart, S418

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Soirees musicales

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Gigues (Images)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    "Voi che sapete" (The Marriage of Figaro)

    Singer: Frederica von Stade. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelles, Op.119 Nos 1-5

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Prelude & Fugue in G major, Op.109 No.2

    Performer: Adrian Partington.
    • PRIORY.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Trio Sonata in G major, Op.5 No.4

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • William Walton

    Orb and Sceptre

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • TELARC.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, SWV447

    Singer: Michael Chance. Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Nocturne and Tarantella op 28

    Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch. Performer: Marina Gusak-Grin.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Tempo di Menuetto (3rd mvmt of Septet in E flat op 20)

    Ensemble: Ensemble 360.
    • Nimbus.
  • Louis Vierne

    Carillon de Westminster

    Performer: Benjamin Nicholas.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who am I?

The composer Camille Saint-Saens. He was one of the most fluent and prolific composers of all time, with interests that ranged from mathematics to botany, geology and archaeology. His 18-minute score for 'The Assassination of the Duc de Guise', written in 1908, is one of the earliest examples of music written to accompany a film.


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