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Thursday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 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

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Paavo Berglund (conductor)
EMI 4769512.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Denza arr. Schoenberg

    Denza arr. Schoenberg Funiculì-Funiculà

    Performers: Diabolicus, Dietrich Henschel (conductor)


  • 9.03: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in G (BWV 884), and Prelude and Fugue in G minor (BWV 885), from The Wel

      Performers: András Schiff (piano)

      ECM 476 4827

  • Image for Valentin Silvestrov

    Valentin Silvestrov The Lord is My Shepherd

    Performers: Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych (conductor)

    ECM 2279 476 4990

  • Image for Georges Bizet

    Georges Bizet Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22

    Performers: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Martinon (conductor)

    DECCA 478 3188

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Who am I?

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

  • Image for Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Aria (Cantilena)

    Performers: Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Heitor Villa-Lobos (conductor)


  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

    Performers: Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

    EMI 5 85837 2

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Jazz Suite No. 1

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    DECCA 433 702-2

  • Image for Frederick Delius

    Frederick Delius Summer Night on the River

    Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham (conductor)

    EMI 7 47509 8

  • 10.04: Artist of the Week - Jascha Heifetz

    • Image for Max Bruch

      Max Bruch Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra in E flat, Op. 46

      Performers: Jascha Heifetz (violin), New Symphony Orchestra of London, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      SONY 88697761382

  • 10.30: Clive Swift's Choices

    • Image for Jule Styne (orch. Ralph Burns)

      Jule Styne (orch. Ralph Burns) Not on Your Nellie', from Darling of the Day

      Performers: Patricia Routledge (Alice Challice), Original Cast and Orchestra, Buster Davis (conductor)

      RCA 63334

  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss 'The Dinner', from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)


  • Image for Domenico Scarlatti

    Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D, K436

    Performers: Christian Zacharias (piano)

    EMI 648367 2 CD1 tk 14

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Jean Sibelius

      Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105

      Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Berglund (conductor)

      EMI 4 76951 2

  • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi Violin Concerto, RV 235

    Performers: Flavio Losco (violin), Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer (direction)

    Zigzag ZZT310

  • Image for Antonin Dvorak

    Antonin Dvorak Wind Serenade in D minor, Op. 44

    Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

    ORFEO 595031

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who am I? Sir Thomas Beecham


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