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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 February 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Bach Keyboard Music played by Ralph Kirkpatrick.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, conductor Bernard Haitink.

Rob Cowan's guest this week is the actress Imogen Stubbs. She has appeared in many plays throughout her career including spells at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare company. She recently played Mennna in Hamish Pirie's production of Tim Price's new play Salt, Root and Roe for the Donmar Trafalgar which has been nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Recent screen work includes a guest lead role in Parents, a comedy drama starring Sally Phillips, and a guest lead on Switch. Imogen is also a writer, co-writing and directing, Snow on Saturday, for which she won Best British Short Film. She has also written two plays, We Happy Few and Grace, and contributed extensively as a writer for newspapers and magazines.

The Story of Music in 50 Pieces
No. 25: Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Gigue (from Mozartiana, Op. 61)

    Performers: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Neville Marriner (conductor)

    CAPRICCIO 10 200

  • Image for Franz Peter Schubert

    Franz Peter Schubert Overture in C, D.591 (In the Italian style)

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    WARNER APEX 0927 40840 2

  • 9.10: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056

      Performers: Ralph Kirkpatrick (harpsichord), Lucerne Festival Strings, Rudolf Baumgartner (conductor)

      ARCHIV 477 0132

  • Image for Camille Saint-Saëns

    Camille Saint-Saëns Rapsodie d'Auvergne, Op. 73

    Performers: Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)

    HYPERION CDA63321/2

  • 9.30am

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser The Year in Question

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

  • Image for Thomas Tallis

    Thomas Tallis Absterge Domine

    Performers: The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (director)


  • 9.50: Artist of the Week - Bernard Haitink

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Romance No. 2 in F, Op. 50

      Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)

      PHILIPS 422 274-2

  • Image for Emmanuel Chabrier

    Emmanuel Chabrier Gwendoline Overture

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    DG 447 751-2

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Nocturnes

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    PHILIPS 438 742

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Remembrances (Lyric Pieces, Op 71 No 7)

    Performers: Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

    DG 437 522-2

  • 10.30: Imogen Stubbs' Choices

    • Image for George Gershwin

      George Gershwin 'Bess, you is my woman now' and 'Oh! I can't sit down' (Porgy and Bess, Act II, scene 1)

      Performers: Cynthia Haymon (Bess), Willard White (Porgy), Marietta Simpson (Maria), Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

      EMI CDS 749568-2

  • Image for Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

    Sir Richard Rodney Bennett The Insect World

    Performers: New London Childrens’ Choir, Ronald Corp (conductor)

    NAXOS 8572113

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Contrapunctus VIII (The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080)

    Performers: The Emerson String Quartet

    DG 00289 477 8167

  • 11am: The Story of Music

    • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

      Felix Mendelssohn The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), Op. 26

      Performers: Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell (conductor)

      SONY SBK46536

  • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi Beatus Vir, RV 597

    Performers: Margaret Marshall (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo soprano), Anne Collins (contralto), Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (tenor), Robert Holl (bass), Alastair Ross (organ), John Alldis Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri (conductor)

    DECCA 442 9337

  • Image for Luigi Cherubini

    Luigi Cherubini Anacreon Overture

    Performers: The Lamoureux Orchestra, Igor Markevitch (conductor)

    DG 00289 477 8412

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Year in Question: 1824. In this year Bruckner and Smetana were born, and Schubert wrote his Octet in F, D.803.

    The music played:

    Symphony No. 4: Scherzo
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Karl Bohm (conductor)
    DECCA 466 374 2

    Octet in F, D.803: 3rd mvt
    Gidon Kremer & Ensemble
    DG 423 367 2

    Vltava (Ma Vlast)
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Rafael Kubelik (conductor)
    SUPRAPHON 11 1208 2


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