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Friday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 22 March 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: S?il vous plait ? Mie Miki (accordion), BIS CD 1804

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Baroque Spring Artist of the Week, Christopher Hogwood, one of the great pioneers of early music performance.

This week Rob Cowan is joined by the philosopher Alain de Botton, a keen Baroque enthusiast. Alain has written on the topics of love, travel, architecture and literature, and his books have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' His first book, Essays in Love, was published when he was twenty-three, and has sold two million copies worldwide. Other titles include How Proust can change your Life (which earned him a global audience) and The Art of Travel. In 2009 he was appointed Heathrow's first Writer-in-Residence and wrote a book about his experiences, A Week at the Airport. His latest book, Religion for Atheists, was published in the UK last year.

Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education, which challenges traditional conceptions about knowledge, directing it towards life, rather than knowledge for its own sake. He has had several TV series, including The Perfect Home and Philosophy: A Guide To Happiness, and in 2011 he presented a series of talks for the BBC Radio 4 programme, A Point of View.

11am: Rob?s Essential Choice

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
James Bowman (counter tenor)
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)


R Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra
Rudolf Kempe (conductor).

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    [anonymous] Drewrie's accordes

    Performers: Sharon Isbin (guitar)

    SONY 88697 45456 2

  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Wolfgang Jacobi

      Wolfgang Jacobi Serenade (from Divertissement)

      Performers: Mie Miki (accordion)

      BIS CD 1804

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Lo speziale: Overture

    Performers: Vienna Haydn Sinfonietta, Manfred Huss (conductor)


  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Trio Sonata in G, BWV 530

    Performers: Simon Preston (organ)

    DG 437 835-2

  • 9.26: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

      Dmitri Shostakovich Farewell Waltz (from Roundabout of Dances)

      Performers: Mie Miki (accordion)

      BIS CD 1804 T23

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Only Connect

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

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cosi fan tutte: Overture

    Performers: Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    CHANDOS CHAN3152(3)

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Impromptu in E flat, D899 No. 2

    Performers: Radu Lupu (piano)

    DECCA 411 711-2

  • 10.05: Artist of the Week - Christopher Hogwood

    • Image for Martinu

      Martinu Sinfonietta 'La Jolla'

      Performers: St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

      DECCA 433 660-2

  • Image for S. Zubachevsky

    S. Zubachevsky A Prayer to St Sergius

    Performers: Choir of the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius and Moscow Theological Academy, archimandrite Matfei (conductor)

    MELODIYA MEL 1001981

  • 10.30: Alain de Botton's Choice

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Chorus: Das Lamm, das erwurget ist (Cantata 21, Ich hatte viel Bekummernis)

      Performers: Concentus Music, Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

      TELDEC 8.35032

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Fugue in E flat (The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1)

    Performers: Wendy Carlos (synthesiser)

    ESD 81732

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

      Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Stabat Mater

      Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), James Bowman (counter tenor), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

      L’OISEAU-LYRE 425 692-2

  • 11.38am

    • Image for Richard Strauss

      Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      EMI 2 48477 2

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Only Connect, from listener Joseph Laredo: the connection was Variations.


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