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Friday - 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. 73
Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Walter Piston

    Polka Finale (The Incredible Flutist)

    Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • RCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Spinning Chorus from The Flying Dutchman

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Fantasy for brass band, Op 114

    Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductor: Elgar Howarth.
    • CONIFER.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Havanaise, Op.83

    Performer: Kyung-wha Chung. Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
  • anon

    Today's Brainteaser - Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Dario Castello

    Sonata sesta (Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo)

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Ensemble: Purcell Quartet. Performer: Jakob Lindberg.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Perfect Fool: excerpts

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • DECCA.
  • Robert Schumann

    A selection of movements from Kinderszenen, Op.15

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Lutheran Mass BWV233 in F

    Performer: Nancy Argenta (soprano). Performer: Michael Chance (counter-tenor). Performer: Mark Padmore (tenor). Performer: Peter Harvey (bass). Performer: The Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Captain Tobias Hume

    Give you good morrowe Madam

    Performer: Concerto Caledonia. Performer: David McGuinness (conductor).
  • Guy Harries

    Finale from Two Caravans

    Singer: Peter Brathwaite. Performer: Nicola Rose. Performer: Guy Harries. Choir: Unknown. Librettist: Ace McCarron.
  • John Field

    Nocturne no. 4 in A major

    Performer: Benjamin Frith.
    • Naxos.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture to Les franc-juges

    Performer: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Andrew Davis (conductor).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No.2 in D Op.73

    Performer: The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Performer: George Szell (conductor).
    • SONY.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Quod Chorus Vatum

    Performer: The Cardinall’s Musick. Performer: Andrew Carwood (conductor).
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in A Minor Op.6 No.4

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Children.


The music played:


'Jimbo’s Lullaby', from Children's Corner
Livia Rev (piano)


'Oft denk’ ich, sie sind ur ausgegange'n, from Kindertotenlieder
Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DG 459 335 2   


‘Kuriose Gesichten’ from Kinderszenen, op 15
Alfred Brendel (piano)
PHILIPS 434 732 2 


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