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Thursday - 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: Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (exts).

The author Alexander McCall Smith is Sarah Walker's guest this week. Also, at 9:30, our daily brainteaser: Who/What/Where am I?
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
Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Mark Ermler (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Josef Franz Wagner

    Under the Double Eagle

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

    Solo for violin and harpsichord

    Performer: Concerto Caledonia.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    1812 Overture

    Performer: University of Minnesota Brass Band. Conductor: Antal Doráti. Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata Pian e Forte a 8

    Ensemble: London Symphony Brass. Conductor: Eric Crees.
    • Collins Classics.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Il credulo (Overture)

    Orchestra: Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia. Conductor: Alessandro Amoretti.
    • Naxos.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Elegy op 24

    Performer: Paul Tortelier. Performer: Jean Hubeau.
    • Erato.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmen Suite no.2: Habanera

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • MLK44724.
  • Daniel François Esprit Auber

    Overture: The Black Domino

    Conductor: David Hurst. Performer: Black Dyke Band.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano sonata no 27 in E minor op 90

    Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • RCA.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Ave Maria; Alleluja-Vers 'Virga Jesse'; Hymnus 'Vexilla regis'

    Choir: Netherlands Chamber Choir. Conductor: Uwe Gronostay.
    • GLOBE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto: 1st movement

    Conductor: Jane Glover. Performer: Andrew Marriner. Orchestra: London Mozart Players.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    In Paradisum (Final mvmt of Requiem op 48)

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • EMI.
  • Binge

    Miss Melanie

    Performer: Pro Arte Orchestra. Performer: George Weldon.
    • EMI.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

    Conductor: Mark Ermler. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pour le Piano

    Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • RCA.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Polonaise B.100

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who am I?

Leonard Bernstein, famous as a conductor and pianist, also the composer of symphonies, choral works and musicals such as West Side Story.


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