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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Mark Damazer

With Sarah Walker. Including Essetnial CD of the Week: Weber Overtures; Brainteaser; Artist of the Week: The Nash Ensemble; Sarah's Essential Choice: Dvorak: Czech Suite, Op 39.

with Sarah Walker and her guest, Master of St Peter's College, Oxford, Mark Damazer.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Weber: Overtures - Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan, DG. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Nash Ensemble

In the week marking the 800th anniversary of the formal creation of the role of Chancellor of Oxford University, Sarah's guest is Mark Damazer CBE, Master of St Peter's College, Oxford, and former controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 7.

Previous to these posts, Mark had an extensive career in news and current affairs journalism working at ITN and at the BBC - in the World Service and on news programme such as Newsnight and the Nine O'Clock News. Later he was responsible for the BBC's news and current affairs journalism from Westminster, including Question Time, and Yesterday in Parliament, becoming Deputy Director of BBC News in 2001. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting.

Mark is a Board Member of the V&A, and of the Centre of Contemporary British History. He currently writes columns for The London Evening Standard and The Guardian.

Mark suffers the misfortunes of Tottenham Hotspur and enjoys opera, gardening and Italian painting.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Czech Suite, Op.39
Prague Chamber Orchestra.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexander Borodin

    In the Steppes of Central Asia

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Decca.
  • anon


  • anon


  • Malcolm Arnold

    Tam O'Shanter

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Gibson.
    • Chandos.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Galop marquis for piano

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Performer: Vovka Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 17.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in F minor, Op.57 'Appassionata': 1st movement

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • EMI.
  • Arthur Benjamin

    Oboe Concerto in C minor

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Orchestra: I Musici.
    • Holliger: Holliger Edition.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 4-7.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Overture to ‘Der Freischutz’

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "All we like sheep [have gone astray]" (Messiah, Part II)

    Choir: Chicago Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.
  • Claude Debussy

    Children's Corner

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Decca.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Czech Suite, Op.39

    Orchestra: Prague Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Oldřich Vlček.
    • Supraphon.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in A flat major, Op 25 No 1

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • Chandos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 3 No 1

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Erato.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Clarinet Trio in B flat major, Op 11

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Virgin.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)

    Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nicola Rescigno.
    • Decca.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Pygmalion (Overture)

    Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques. Director: Christophe Rousset.
    • Rameau: Overtures: Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 13.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasy in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op.70

    Performer: Richard Watkins. Performer: Ian Brown.
    • Hyperion.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Puzzle

Which location is the furthest from Billingsgate Fish Market? Uranus, which is some 1.79 billion miles from anywhere on Earth.


The music played:



Uranus (The Planets)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

DECCA 444 549 2


Vaughan Williams

On Wenlock Edge (A Shropshire Lad)

Ian Bostridge (tenor)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

EMI CDC 556762 2



The Steppes of Central Asia

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Constantin Silvestri (conductor)

EMI 723348 2


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