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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Simon Thurley

With Sarah Walker. Including CD of the Week: Faure: The Complete Music for Piano; Artist of the Week: Andrew Davis; Sarah's Essential Choice: Berlioz: Harold in Italy.

Architectural historian Simon Thurley is Sarah Walker's guest this week

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano - Kathryn Stott, HYPERION. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Andrew Davis.

Sarah's guest this week is the architectural historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage, Simon Thurley. Whilst working on his PhD, Simon took up a post as Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage, later becoming Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and then director of the Museum of London. He is a prolific history broadcaster, presenting television programmes such as Flying Through Time and Lost Buildings of Britain, as well as appearing on Time Team. Recent publications include Somerset House: The Palace of England's Queens 1551-1692, and Men from the Ministry: How Britain saved its Heritage. Simon's relative youth at taking the post of Chief Executive of English Heritage led him to be dubbed a "boy wonder", and he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to conservation.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Harold in Italy
Gérard Caussé (viola)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Huit scenes de Faust, op.1; Ecot de joyeux compagnons, histoire d’un rat

    Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Choir: Montreal Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Singer: Philip Cokorinos.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Liszt

    The Dance in the Village Inn (1st Mephisto Waltz)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Mazurka in B flat major, Op 32

    Performer: Kathryn Stott.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch

    Quartet in B flat major

    Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas.
    • LINN.
  • Frederick Delius

    3 Small Tone Poems; no.2, Sleigh Ride

    Conductor: Andrew Davis. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Chandos.
  • Antoine Brumel

    Missa Et ecce terrae motus; Agnus Dei

    Conductor: Peter Phillips. Choir: Tallis Scholars.
    • Gimell.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C, Hob XVII:4

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Warner.
  • Claude Debussy

    Cinq Poemes de Baudelaire; no.4, Recueillement

    Singer: Susan Graham. Orchestrator: Adams, John. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • Warner.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Isle of the Dead - symphonic poem, op.29

    Conductor: Andrew Davis. Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Finlandia.
  • Robert Schumann


    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut (piano).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Apostles, op.49; Pt 2, VII: The Ascension

    Singer: Clifford Grant. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: John Carol Case. Choir: Choir of Downe House School. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir. Singer: Robert Tear. Conductor: Adrian Boult. Singer: Benjamin Luxon. Singer: Sheila Armstrong. Singer: Helen Watts.
    • EMI.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    I Puritani; Act 1 scene 3 (conclusion): 'Ma tu gia mi fuggi'

    Conductor: Riccardo Muti. Singer: Dennis O'Neill. Singer: Montserrat Caballé. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Agostino Ferrin. Choir: Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Singer: Matteo Manuguerra.
    • EMI.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Harold in Italy

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Performer: Gérard Caussé.
    • Philips.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D for violin, 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings, RV562

    Performer: The King’s Consort. Performer: Robert King (conductor).
    • HELIOS.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Where am I?

Maida Vale Studios.


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