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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 20 November 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, András Schiff (piano), ECM 476 4827.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, Jascha Heifetz.

Rob Cowan's guest on Essential Classics is the English actor and songwriter Clive Swift. He is best known for his role as Richard Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth. Other notable television roles include that of Roy in the British television series The Old Guys. Further TV appearances include Doctor Black in two of the BBC's M.R. James adaptations, The Stalls of Barchester and A Warning to the Curious; the BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles; and he has appeared several times in Doctor Who. He also played Sir Ector, the adoptive father of King Arthur in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur, and the Reverend Eustacius Brewer in the BBC 1 series Born and Bred (2002-05).

As well as acting, Clive is a keen songwriter. Many of his songs are included in his show, Richard Bucket Overflows: An Audience with Clive Swift (2007); and Clive Swift Entertains, performing his own music and lyrics, which toured the UK in 2009.

Rob's Essential Choice

Bartók: Kossuth
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer (conductor)
PHILIPS 476 7255.

Music Played

17 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Doucet after Wagner

    Doucet after Wagner Isoldina

    Performers: Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

    VIRGIN 440737

  • Image for Franz von Suppé

    Franz von Suppé Overture to Pique Dame

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti (conductor)

    DECCA 478 3199

  • 9.10: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in F (BWV 880), and Prelude and Fugue in F minor (BWV 881) from The Well

      Performers: András Schiff (piano)

      ECM 476 4827

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Strauss

    Johann Sebastian Strauss Accelerationen, Op. 234

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

    DECCA 455 254-2

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Critics' Corner

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • Image for Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonesa

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

    MELODIYA MEL CD 10 01999

  • Image for Max Reger

    Max Reger Sechs ausgewählte Volkslieder: Nos. 1–5

    Performers: Dresden Chamber Choir, Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)

    CARUS 83.318

  • Image for Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner Prelude to Act 1 of Tristan and Isolde

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

    EMI 7 69319 2

  • 10.08: Artist of the Week - Jascha Heifetz

    • Image for Erich Wolfgang Korngold

      Erich Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35

      Performers: Jascha Heifetz (violin), Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra , Alfred Wallenstein (conductor)

      NAXOS 8.111359 tks 8–10

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Wellington's Victory, Op. 91

  • 10.30: Clive Swift's Choices

    • Image for Loesser

      Loesser 'Guys and Dolls', from Guys and Dolls

      Performers: David Healy (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Barrie Rutter (Benny Southstreet)

      EMI 3 21388 2

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

    Performers: Artur Rubinstein (piano)

    RCA CD60822

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Aida – extract from Act 2

    Performers: Ramfis: Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass), Chorus and orchestra of La Scala, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    DG 479 0379

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Wellington's Victory, Op. 91

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti (conductor)

      MERCURY 475 8508

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel 'Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori', from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

    Performers: Christopher Purves (bass), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

    HYPERION CDA67842 tk 4

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 111

    Performers: Julliard Quartet with Walter Trampler (viola 2)

    SONY 88691991732

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 111

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Critics' Corner: An 1880 review of Wagner’s music in the Cincinatti Commercial


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