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3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 08 May 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Jean Fournet in Prague, SUPRAPHON SU 4122-2

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Rob Cowan's guest this week is the writer, broadcaster and critic, Sarah Dunant. Sarah is the author of the international bestseller The Birth of Venus, which has received major worldwide acclaim, and In the Company of the Courtesan. With the publication of Sacred Hearts she completed a Renaissance trilogy, bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts. Her most recent novel, based on the lives of the Borgias and entitled Blood and Beauty, was published earlier this month. Sarah was a founding vice patron of the Orange Prize for women's fiction. She sits on the editorial board of the Royal Academy magazine, and reviews for The Times, The Guardian, and The Independent on Sunday.

11am: Rob's Essential Choice

Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Andre Previn (conductor).

Music Played

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

    Nicolò Paganini Caprice No. 14 in E flat

    Performers: Julia Fischer (violin)

    DECCA 478 2274

  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Falla

      Falla 3 Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet (conductor)

      SUPRAPHON SU 4122-2

  • 9.15am

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Serenata notturna in D, K.239

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      EMI 4 63992 2

  • 9.30am

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Puzzle

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

      Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in G minor, Op. 10 No. 2 'La notte'

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), I solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone (conductor)

      SONY SB2K89981

  • 9.45am

    • Image for Edward Elgar

      Edward Elgar Minuet, Op. 21

      Performers: Northern Sinfonia, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      EMI CDM 565593-2

  • 9.51am

    • Image for Frédéric Chopin

      Frédéric Chopin Scherzo in B minor

      Performers: Janina Fialkowska (piano)


  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Serenade in D, Op. 25

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Gerard Jarry (violin), Serge Collot (viola)

      EMI 569642-2

  • 10.24am

    • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

      Dmitri Shostakovich Intermezzo (The Bolt)

      Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

      DECCA 452 597-2

  • 10.30: Sarah Dunant's Choice

    • Image for Frédéric Chopin

      Frédéric Chopin Etudes in E and C sharp minor, Op. 10 Nos. 3 and 4

      Performers: Murray Perahia (piano)

      SONY SK 61885

  • 10.47: Sarah Dunant's Choice

    • Image for Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah (Lamentations for Holy Saturday, Book 3)

      Performers: Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens, Deborah Roberts (director)

      DIVINE ART DDA 25077

  • 10.59am

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Bagatelle, Op.119 No.3: a l'Allemande

      Performers: Stephen Bishop Kovacevich (piano)

      PHILIPS 426 976-2

  • 11.02am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Camille Saint-Saëns

      Camille Saint-Saëns The Carnival of the Animals

      Performers: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

      PHILIPS 442 608-2

  • 11.24am

    • Image for Johannes Brahms

      Johannes Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

      Performers: Belcea Quartet

      EMI 2357122

  • 11.57am

    • Image for Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

      Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Sonata VI (Fidicinium sacro-profanum)

      Performers: Bell'Arte Salzburg, Annegret Siedel (director)


  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Puzzle: Take the initial letter of each of these three composers' FIRST names, to give the first three letters of anohter compoer's SURNAME. Answer: CHOpin.

    The music played:

    (Henry) Purcell
    Fantasy 4 in G minor
    VIRGIN CLASSICS 545 062 2

    (Carl Maria von) Weber
    Der Freischutz: Overture
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)
    EMI CDM 769 572 2

    (Orlando) Gibbons
    The Silver Swan
    The Cambridge Singers
    John Rutter (conductor)


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