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Friday - Sarah Walker with Mark Damazer

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Weber Overtures; Brainteaser: Only Connect; Artist of the Week: The Nash Ensemble; Sarah's Essential Choice: Bartok: Dance Suite.

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
Dance Suite
London Symphony Orchestra
Georg Solti (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Butterworth

    11 Folk-songs from Sussex..., no. 11; Tarry Trowsers

    Singer: Roderick Williams. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • George Butterworth, Songs from A Shropshire Lad: Williams / Burnside.
    • Naxos.
    • 11.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jaime Laredo.
    • I.M.P..
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    English Folk Song Suite

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • Chandos.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon (Overture)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Arnold Bax

    Elegiac Trio

    Performer: Philippa Davies. Performer: Roger Chase. Performer: Skaila Kanga.
    • Hyperion.
  • Franz Schubert

    Overture: The Fair Melusina, Op. 32

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja (Papageno's aria from the Magic Flute)

    Singer: Mikael Melbye. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Philips.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Piano Quintet in C minor

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    "Io vengo a domandar" (Don Carlo, Act I)

    Singer: José Carreras. Singer: Mirella Freni. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • EMI.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Intermezzo (Manon Lescaut)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Francesco Mancini

    Sonata in G minor - Allegro

    Performer: Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Béla Bartók

    Dance Suite

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.
  • John Dowland


    Performer: Nigel North (lute).
    • CRD.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 ‘The Trout’

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • CRD.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was the Flute.


The music played:



Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja (Papageno's aria from the Magic Flute)

Dresden Staatskapelle

Colin Davis (conductor)

PHILIPS 422543 2


Walter Piston

Polka Finale from The Incredible Flutist

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

RCA RD60798



La Flute Enchantee, from Sheherazade

Maria Ewing (soprano)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI CDC 754204 2


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