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Monday - Sarah Walker with Alexander McCall Smith

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Robert Mackintosh Airs, Minuets, Gavotts and Reels; Proms Artist of the Week: Barry Douglas; Essential Choice: Copland: 4 Dance Episodes (Rodeo).

The author Alexander McCall Smith is Sarah Walker's guest this week. Also, at 9:30, our daily brainteaser: Place that Piece.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Robert Mackintosh Airs, Minuets, Gavotts & Reels - Concerto Caledonia, DELPHIAN. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Proms Artist of the Week: Barry Douglas.

Sarah's guest this week is the author Alexander McCall Smith, best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. His other book series include 44 Scotland Street and The Sunday Philosophy Club, while his most recent novel, The Forever Girl, was published earlier this year. He was appointed a CBE in 2006 for services to literature.

As well as being an acclaimed writer, Alexander is an expert on medical law and bioethics, and has served on British and international committees concerned with these issues. He is the former chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, the former vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, and a former member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO.

He is also an amateur bassoonist, co-founder of The Really Terrible Orchestra, and helped to found Botswana's first centre for opera training, the Number 1 Ladies' Opera House.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Mackintosh

    Lady Betty Boyle's Reel - Miss Scott's Reel

    Performer: Concerto Caledonia.
  • John Ireland

    Epic March

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel. Orchestra: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
    • TELARC.
  • Robert Mackintosh

    Miss Baird's Minuet; Gavotta

    Performer: Concerto Caledonia.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Romance in F minor, Op.11

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • anon.

    Today's Brainteaser - Place that Piece

    Orchestra: anon..
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ballade Op.118 No.3

    Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • CHAN10757.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    "Se quell guerrier io fossi!" (Aida, Act I)

    Singer: Carlo Bergonzi. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DECCA.
  • John Sheppard

    Libera nos, salva nos

    Choir: Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Conductor: Duncan Ferguson.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin. Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • RCA.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    "La donna e mobile" (Rigoletto)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Singer: Beniamino Gigli. Conductor: Franco Ghione.
    • CONIFER.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 'Scottish' - Finale

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • ORFEO.
  • Gruenfeld

    Romanze op 45 no1

    Performer: Philip Martin.
  • Aaron Copland

    Rodeo, Four Dance Episodes

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 94 in G major, 'Surprise'

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations for piano trio (Op.44) in E flat major

    Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
    • Beethoven: The complete music for piano trio: Florestan Trio.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Place that Piece



The music played:


J Strauss II
Egyptian March op 335
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Riccardo Muti (conductor)
(New Year’s Day Concert 1993)
PHILIPS 438 493 2  


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