iPlayer Radio What's New?
Listen
Playing: Concerto No.4 in G major (from Sei Concerti Armonici 1740) by Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
Image for Wednesday - Rob Cowan

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Wednesday - Rob Cowan

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 02 January 2013

with Rob Cowan, and his guest, actor Simon Russell Beale.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Frederick Fennell - Fabulous Marches for Orchestra.
Eastman-Rochester Pops and Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell (director). MERCURY 434 394-2

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser from one of our listeners, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

10.30am
Rob's guest this New Year week is the actor Simon Russell Beale, whose many accolades include being described as "the greatest stage actor of his generation" by The Independent. His recent stage roles include Leontes in The Winter's Tale and Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard. In 2010 he played Sir Harcourt Courtly in London Assurance at the National Theatre, and in 2011 he made his debut with The Royal Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Simon has also worked in television, most recently as Home Secretary, William Towers, in the final series of BBC1's spy drama, Spooks. In 2008 he made his debut as a television presenter, fronting the BBC Four series Sacred Music with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, with a second series broadcast in 2010. Recent radio appearances include the character of George Smiley in the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of John Le Carré novels.

Earlier this year Simon appeared in the title role in Timon of Athens at the Royal National Theatre, which was broadcast to cinemas around the world. He will star in a revival of Peter Nichols's Privates on Parade at the Noel Coward Theatre until March 2013.

11am Rob's Essential Choice
Scriabin: Prometheus - the Poem of Fire, Op. 60
Berlin Philharmonic Claudio Abbado (conductor)
SONY SK53978

Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ('Rosamunde')
Alban Berg Quartet
TELDEC 2564 69606-7.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Bridge

    Bridge A Royal Night of Variety, H184

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    CHANDOS CHAN 10729(6) X

  • Image for Alexander Borodin

    Alexander Borodin Overture to Prince Igor

    Performers: Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler (conductor)

    RCA 82876716182

  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell Pavan a 4 (for 3 violins) in G minor (Z.752)

    Performers: London Baroque

    HARMONIA MUNDI HMA 1951327

  • 9.08: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Richard Wagner

      Richard Wagner Overture to Rienzi

      Performers: Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell (conductor)

      MERCURY 434 394-2

  • 9.30: Today's Brainteaser

    • Image for Ibert

      Ibert Cortege, from Divertissement

      Performers: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Martinon (conductor)

      DECCA 421 173 2

  • 9.35: Artists of the Week - The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    • Image for Alessandro Marcello

      Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor

      Performers: Douglas Boyd (oboe), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Alexander Schneider (conductor)

      COE RECORDS CD COE 810

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Variations on 'Helas, j'ai perdu mon amant', K.360

    Performers: Oscar Shumsky (violin), Artur Balsam (piano)

    NIMBUS NI 2562/65

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn Wedding March from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Performers: Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

    HARMONIA MUNDI HMG 501502

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel 'Total eclipse!' / 'Oh first created beam!', from Samson, Act 1 scene 2

    Performers: Alexander Young (tenor – Samson), Munich Bach Choir, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter (conductor)

    ARCHIV 453 245-2

  • 10.10: Artists of the Week - The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    • Image for Tippett

      Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

      Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Douglas Boyd (conductor)

      WARNER 2564 60190-2

  • 10.30: Simon Russell Beale's Choices

    • Image for Domenico Scarlatti

      Domenico Scarlatti Keyboard Sonata in D, K.29

      Performers: Murray Perahia (piano)

      SONY 62785

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Schicksalslied

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    SDG 702

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert String Quartet in A minor, D. 804 ('Rosamunde')

    Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

    TELDEC 8.43341

  • Image for Thomas Campion

    Thomas Campion Come let us sound

    Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), Anthony Rooley (lute)

    DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7466

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Spot the Quotation: Jacques Ibert quoting Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in his Divertissement

Broadcasts

Read the Essential Classics blog

a typewriter

Explore the world of Essential Classics and find out what's coming up in our weekly blog.

Essential Choices on BBC Playlister

Essential Choices on BBC Playlister

Explore the Essential Choices via BBC Playlister as chosen by Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker.

Free downloads

  1. Image for Essential Classics guest interview highlights

    Essential Classics guest interview highlights

    The highlights from our weekly guest interview. Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker's guests come from all…

  2. Image for Matthew Sweet’s Sound of Cinema

    Matthew Sweet’s Sound of Cinema

    Matthew Sweet introduces his weekly podcastable choice of the greatest ever film music.

  3. Image for Radio 3 Story of Music in Fifty Pieces

    Radio 3 Story of Music in Fifty Pieces

    Radio 3 Story of Music in 50 Pieces. Howard Goodall in conversation with Suzy Klein. 50 pieces of…

  4. Image for Spirit of Schubert

    Spirit of Schubert

    BBC Radio 3 tells you everything you need to know about Franz Schubert. These free downloads will…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss