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Thursday - Rob Cowan

2 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 30 August 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Szymon Goldberg and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra RETROSPECTIVE 93407

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, guitarist, Andres Segovia.

Rob Cowan's guest on Essential Classics this week is the writer and critic Paul Bailey, who won a scholarship to The Central School of Speech and Drama, and began his career as an actor. In 1967 he became a freelance writer. He was awarded the E.M. Forster Award in 1974 and the George Orwell Prize for his essay 'The Limitations of Despair' in 1978. His novels, 'Peter Smart's Confessions' (1977) and 'Gabriel's Lament' (1986), were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize, he has written plays for radio and TV and his non-fiction writings include biographies of Cynthia Payne and Quentin Crisp.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F minor

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)

    MERCURY 434 326-2

  • 9.02am [0.02]: ROB'S ESSENTIAL CD OF THE WEEK

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concert Rondo in A major, K.386

      Performers: Ingrid Haebler (piano), Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Szymon Goldberg (conductor)


  • 9.11am [0.11]

    • Image for Sullivan

      Sullivan Overture di Ballo

      Performers: New Symphony Orchestra of London, Adrian Boult (conductor)


  • 9.22am [0.22]

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Alcina: overture

      Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Richter

      DG 457 903-2


    • Image for Aguado

      Aguado Eight Lessons for the Guitar: Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 8

      Performers: Andrés Segovia (guitar)

      DG 471 430-2

  • 9.39am [0.39]

    • Image for Lyadov

      Lyadov Baba Yaga

      Performers: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky (conductor)


  • 9.43am [0.43]

    • Image for Gustav Holst

      Gustav Holst Fugal Concerto for flute, oboe and strings, Op. 40 No. 2

      Performers: William Bennett (flute), Peter Graeme (oboe), English Chamber Orchestra, Imogen Holst (conductor)

      LYRITA SRCD.223

  • 9.51am [0.51]

    • Image for Tchaikovsky

      Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini

      Performers: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor)

      DG 453 988-2

  • 10.17am [1.17]


    • Image for Heitor Villa-Lobos

      Heitor Villa-Lobos Prelude No. 3 in A minor

      Performers: Andrés Segovia (guitar)

      DG 471 697-2

  • 10.30am [1.30] PAUL BAILEY'S CHOICE

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Voi, che sapete" (Marriage of Figaro, Act 2)

      Performers: Cherubino: Sena Jurinac (soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

      EMI CMS 567068-2

  • 10.39am [1.39] PAUL BAILEY'S CHOICE

    • Image for Porter

      Porter After you - Who?

      Performers: Fred Astaire (vocal) with Orchestra

      CONIFER TQ134

  • 10.46am [1.46] PAUL BAILEY'S CHOICE

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Des Baches Wiegenlied (Die schöne Müllerin, D.795)

      Performers: Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

      DG 423 956-2

  • 10.53am [1.53]

    • Image for Claude Debussy

      Claude Debussy Feux d'artifice (Preludes, Book 2)

      Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

      CHANDOS CHAN10421

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who am I? Tchaikovsky


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