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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 December 2011

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Orchestral works by Liadov. USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Svetlanov (conductor). MELODIYA MEL CD 100187

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, conductor Colin Davis. Hear him conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Walton's Symphony No. 1.

The Essential Classics guest is Italian chef Antonio Carluccio, who introduces his essential pieces, including a piece that makes him glad to be alive, and music he enjoys listening to on a journey.

Rob's Essential Choice

Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
The Guarneri Trio
SUPRAPHON 111515-2.

Music Played

9 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell Triumphing Dance (from Dido and Aeneas)

    Performers: Taverner Players, Andrew Parrott (conductor)


  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat, Op 10

    Performers: Andrei Gavrilov (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

    EMI 586881-2

  • 9.15am: Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Liadov

      Liadov The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62

      Performers: USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

      MELODIYA MEL CD 1001873

  • 9.30am: Artist of the Week

    • Image for Sir William Walton

      Sir William Walton Symphony No 1 (2nd movement, Scherzo)

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

      LSO LIVE LSO 0076

  • 9.40am: Artist of the Week

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto No 3 in G, K216

      Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

      PHILIPS 464 722-2

  • 10.00am: Artist of the Week

    • Image for Max Reger

      Max Reger Ballet Suite

      Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      ORFEO C 090 841 A

  • 10.30am: Antonio Carluccio's Choices

    • Image for Gustav Holst

      Gustav Holst The Planets (Uranus)

      Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg (conductor)

      DG 419 475-2

  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss The Presentation of the Silver Rose (Der Rosenkavalier, Act II) 11 47

    Performers: Christa Ludwig (Octavian), Teresa Stich-Randall (Sophie), Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan (conductor)

    EMI 556242-2

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Bedrich Smetana

      Bedrich Smetana Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15

      Performers: The Guarneri Trio

      SUPRAPHON 111515-2


    Chocolate and walnut salami with candied fruits

    Makes 2; each about 750g

    300g shelled walnuts
    200g caster sugar
    100g dark, bitter chocolate, broken into small pieces
    150g candied orange peel, finely diced
    150g citron peel, finely diced
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    ½ tsp ground cloves
    1 tbsp ground black pepper
    200 g dried figs, roughly chopped
    200 g dates, pitted and minced

    Crush two-thirds of the walnuts, leaving the others whole

    Put the sugar in a pan with 2 tbsp water and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Continue to heat until the sugar syrup just turns golden

    Meanwhile, combine all the other ingredients, including the crushed and whole walnuts, in a bowl. Add the sugar syrup and mix well.

    Divide the mixture in two and spoon each portion along the middle of a sheet of rice paper. Roll up in the paper, shaping each into a ‘salami’. Leave in a cool place until set.

    Serve cut into thin slices, with coffee or Moscato, or wrap decoratively in cellophane for an edible Christmas gift.

    Copyright © 2005 Antonio Carluccio
    Recipe published in: Antonio Carluccio’s Italia (Quadrille Publishing)

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The connection was: Storms

    The music played:

    Otello (opening of Act 1)
    Orchestra of the English National Opera, Mark Elder (conductor)

    4th movement ‘Storm’ from Symphony no 6 (Pastoral) op 68
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackerras (conductor)
    HYPERION CDS 443303

    Storm section from An Alpine Symphony op 64
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
    DG 439 017 2


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