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Thursday - Rob Cowan

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 03 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

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178
Emil Gilels (piano)
ORFEO C332931B

Haydn: Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob I:93
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Frans Brüggen (conductor)
PHILIPS 468546.

Music Played

26 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Alexander Borodin

    Alexander Borodin Serenata alla Spagnola

    Performers: Borodin Quartet

    ONYX 4002

  • 9.03: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Marche militaire, Op. 51 No. 1

      Performers: Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra, Frederick Fennell (conductor)

      MERCURY 434 394-2

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971

    Performers: Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

    ARCHIV 474 337-2

  • Image for Pablo de Sarasate

    Pablo de Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 No. 1

    Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), István Hajdu (piano)

    PHILIPS PHCP-4936

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Where am I?

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

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

    • Image for AdÈs

      AdÈs 3 Studies After Couperin – No. 2, Les tours de passe-passe

      Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Thomas Adès (conductor)

      EMI 4 57813 2

  • Image for Giovanni Porta

    Giovanni Porta 'Madre diletta, abracciami', from Ifigenia in Aulis

    Performers: Joyce DiDonato, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis (conductor)

    VIRGIN 5099960265425

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to The Magic Flute

    Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor)

    BIDDULPH WHL 008–9

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

    • Image for Johannes Brahms

      Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90

      Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Paavo Berglund (conductor)

      ONDINE ODE9902T

  • 10.30: Simon Russell Beale's Choices

    • Image for Nicola Porpora

      Nicola Porpora 'Tu che d'ardir m'accendi', from Siface

      Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor – Erminio), Le concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor)

      VIRGIN 602660

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 4: 4th movement

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

    ARCHIV 439 900-2

  • Image for Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler 'Von der Schönheit', from Das Lied von der Erde

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    SONY E4663812

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Franz Liszt

      Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

      Performers: Emils Gilels (piano)

      ORFEO C 332 931 B

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob I:93

    Performers: Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

    PHILIPS 468 546-2

  • Image for Alexander Borodin
    00:00

    Alexander Borodin Serenata alla Spagnola

  • Image for Franz Schubert
    00:03

    Franz Schubert Marche militaire, Op. 51 No. 1

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach
    00:08

    Johann Sebastian Bach Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971

  • Image for Pablo de Sarasate
    00:21

    Pablo de Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 No. 1

  • Image for Thomas Adès
    00:31

    Thomas Adès Three Studies after Couperin: No. 2, Les tours de passe-passe

  • Image for Giovanni Porta
    00:37

    Giovanni Porta "Madre diletta, abracciami" (Ifigenia in Aulis)

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    00:47

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to the Magic Flute

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:56

    Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90

  • Image for Nicola Porpora
    01:38

    Nicola Porpora "Tu che d'ardir m'accendi" (Siface)

  • Image for Gustav Mahler
    01:53

    Gustav Mahler "Von der Schonheit" (Das Lied von der Erde)

  • Image for Franz Liszt
    02:05

    Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

  • Image for Joseph Haydn
    02:35

    Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob. I:93

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Where am I? The Queen's Hall

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