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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 14 May 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Tchaikovsky - The Seasons (orch. Alexander Gauk).

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artists of the Week, the Alban Berg Quartet.

Rob Cowan's guest is the award-winning writer, poet, playwright and librettist Michael Morpurgo; a major figure in children's literature. Michael's work is noted for its "magical storytelling", for recurring themes such as the triumph of an outsider or survival, for characters' relationships with nature, and for vivid settings such as the Cornish coast or World War I. In 1976, Michael and his wife established the charity Farms for City Children, with the primary aim of providing children from inner city areas with experience of the countryside. With Ted Hughes he developed the Children's Laureate award and was the Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005. His work has been adapted for opera (Gentle Giant), ballet (Rainbow Bear) and film (Friend or Foe). Currently, he is probably best known for his book War Horse, adapted for radio, stage and film.

11am: Rob's Essential Choice

Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba
Philharmonia Orchestra
Geoffrey Simon (conductor).

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Mayerl

    Mayerl Bats in the Belfry

    Performers: Christopher Duckett (piano)


  • 9.02am

    • Image for Edward German

      Edward German Nell Gwyn Overture

      Performers: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor)

      AVIE AV2194

  • 9.10: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Op. 37a: January, By the Hearth; February, The Carnival

      Performers: State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

      MELODIYA MEL CD 10 09026

  • 9.19am

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Klavierstucke, D.946 No. 2 in E flat

      Performers: Alfred Brendel (piano)

      PHILIPS 422 075-2

  • 9.30am

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Critics' Corner

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

  • 9.32: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

  • 9.40am

    • Image for Jean Sibelius

      Jean Sibelius Night-Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

      Performers: Suisse Romande Orchestra, Horst Stein (conductor)

      DECCA 417 697-2

  • 9.56am

    • Image for Henry Purcell

      Henry Purcell The Fairy Queen: First Musick: Prelude & Hornpipe; Fairies Dance (Act 3); Dance of the Gre

      Performers: The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington (conductor)

      EMI CDS 555234-2

  • 10.02am: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Image for Maurice Ravel

      Maurice Ravel String Quartet

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      EMI 397629-2

  • 10.30: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto: Finale

      Performers: Thea King (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)

      HYPERION CDA30010

  • 10.52: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: Andante

      Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard (conductor)

      PHILIPS 420 889-2

  • 11.01am

    • Image for Henry Purcell

      Henry Purcell Hornpipe (Abdelazer)

      Performers: Vienna Radio Orchestra, Brian Priestman (conductor)

      MCA Records MCD80102

  • 11.02am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Ottorino Respighi

      Ottorino Respighi Belkis, Queen of Sheba: Suite for orchestra from the complete ballet

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon (conductor)

      CHANDOS CHAN 214-45

  • 11.23am

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Symphony No.5 in B flat, D.485

      Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel (conductor)

      BRKLASSIK 90071-2

  • 11.54am

    • Image for Frédéric Chopin

      Frédéric Chopin Etude Op.25 No.5 in E minor

      Performers: Boris Berezovsky (piano)

      WARNER 2564 68717-4

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Critics' Corner: The composer was Benjamin Britten, describing his opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on Shakespeare's play of the same name.


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