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Thursday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 12 July 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Mady Mesplé, Edition du 80ème Anniversaire. EMI CLASSICS 095003 2

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, German violinist Isabelle Faust.

This week Rob's guest is the art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon, who has presented landmark series on art for the BBC. They will be talking about Andrew's love of music and art and will discuss the Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 festival, which will see a range of contemporary artists - including choreographers, poets, composers and visual artists - respond to paintings by the Renaissance master Titian, with works displayed at the National Gallery and performed by the Royal Ballet.

Rob's Essential Choice
Bruckner arr. Stadtmair: Adagio for String Orchestra
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)
DECCA 458 964-2.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Ottorino Respighi

    Ottorino Respighi Brazilian Impressions

  • Image for Du Mont

    Du Mont Prélude

    Performers: Ensemble Correspondances


  • 9.02am

    • Image for Joseph Haydn

      Joseph Haydn String Quartet in G major, Op. 77 No. 1

      Performers: Kocian Quartet

      PRAGA DIGITALS PRD 250 157

  • 9.26: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Francis Poulenc

      Francis Poulenc C

      Performers: Mady Mesplé (soprano), Gabriel Tacchino (piano)

      EMI 095003-2

  • 9.31am

    • Image for C.P.E. Bach

      C.P.E. Bach Hamburger Sonata in G major

      Performers: Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord), Kammerakademie Potsdam

      EMI 084220-2

  • 9.42am

    • Image for Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

      Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Valse-Fantasie

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari (conductor)

      GUILD GHCD 2391

  • 9.52am

    • Image for Frederick Delius

      Frederick Delius Irmelin Prelude

      Performers: The Cleveland Orchesrta, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor)


  • 9.58am

    • Image for Gioachino Rossini

      Gioachino Rossini Guillaume Tell: Act 4, scene 2: "Vengeance... Guillame est prisonnier"; "Amis, amis, secon

      Performers: Arnold: John Osborn (tenor), Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

      EMI 28826-2

  • 10.05am: Artist of the Week - Isabelle Faust

    • Image for Gabriel Fauré

      Gabriel Fauré Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108

      Performers: Isabelle Faust (violin), Florent Boffard (piano)


  • 10.26am

    • Image for Eric Coates

      Eric Coates London Calling

      Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor)

      ASV CD WHL2112

  • 10.30: Andrew Graham-Dixon's Choice

    • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

      Giuseppe Verdi "Teneste la promessa... Addio, del passato" (La Traviata, Act III)

      Performers: Violetta: Maria Callas (soprano), Turin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gabriele Santini (conductor)

      NAXOS 8110300-01

  • 10.45: Andrew Graham-Dixon's Choice

    • Image for Frédéric Chopin

      Frédéric Chopin Waltz in A flat major Op. 34 No. 1 'Valse brillante'; Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 No. 2

      Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

      DG 453 456-2

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Anton Bruckner

      Anton Bruckner Adagio for string orchestra (3rd mvt of String Quintet arr. Hans Stadlmair)

      Performers: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

      DECCA 458 964

  • 11.18am

    • Image for Hahn

      Hahn A Chloris

      Performers: Mady Mesple (soprano), Dalton Baldwin (piano)

      EMI 095003-2

  • 11.22am

  • 11.38am

    • Image for Ottorino Respighi

      Ottorino Respighi Brazilian Impressions

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)


  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Where am I? Answer: The Paris Opera, known as the Palais Garnier, after its architect, Charles Garnier. It has been a much-loved feature of the Parisian landscape since 1875. Gaston Leroux’s novel `The Phantom of the Opera’ is set in its warren of underground passages.


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