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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 15 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

Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba (excerpts)
Male Chorus of the Hungarian People's Army
Chorus "Jeunesses Musicales"
Hungarian State Opera Chorus & Orchestra
Adam Fischer (conductor).

Music Played

17 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Dinicu

    Dinicu Hora Staccato

    Performers: Michel Rabin (violin), Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Felix Slatkin (conductor)

    EMI CMS 764123-2

  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Op. 37a: May, White Nights; June, Barcarolle

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

      MELODIYA MEL CD 10 09026

  • 9.12am

    • Image for Silcher

      Silcher Der Konig von Thule

      Performers: South German Radio Choir, Rupert Huber (conductor)

      CARUS 83.322

  • 9.16am

    • Image for Edward Elgar

      Edward Elgar Froissart, Op. 19

      Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

      EMI CDM 566323-2

  • 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.

  • 9.35am

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 54

      Performers: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)


  • 9.50am

    • Image for Gioachino Rossini

      Gioachino Rossini L'Inganno felice: Overture

      Performers: Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda (conductor)

      NAXOS 8.570943

  • 9.57am

    • Image for Hector Berlioz

      Hector Berlioz Rex tremendae (Requiem, Grande Messe des Morts)

      Performers: London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      PHILIPS 416 283-2

  • 10.05am: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 20 in D, K.499 'Hoffmeister'

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      EMI 397629-2

  • 10.30: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Messiah: "He shall feed his flock"

      Performers: Susan Gritton (soprano), Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

      ARCHIV 453 464-2

  • 10.49am: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': 1st movement

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      EMI CDM 763358-2

  • 11am

    • Image for Farnaby arr. Howarth

      Farnaby arr. Howarth The Old Spagnoletta

      Performers: Philips Jones Brass Ensemble

      DECCA B000807-02

  • 11.03am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Karl Goldmark

      Karl Goldmark The Queen of Sheba: Overture

      Performers: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)

      HUNGAROTON HCD 12179-81-2

  • 11.12am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Karl Goldmark

      Karl Goldmark The Queen of Sheba: "Magische Töne"

      Performers: Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Heinrich Bender (conductor)

      EMI CDM 769550-2

  • 11.16am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Karl Goldmark

      Karl Goldmark The Queen of Sheba: Night Music & Festive Music (Act III)

      Performers: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)

      HUNGAROTON HCD 12179-81-2

  • 11.24am

    • Image for Johannes Brahms

      Johannes Brahms Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87

      Performers: Leonard Pennario (piano), Jascha Heifetz (violin),

      RCA 88725 45154-2

  • 11.50am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for F. Couperin

      F. Couperin Trio Sonata in B flat 'La Steinquerque'

      Performers: Musica Ad Rhenum

      Brilliant Classics 92178/7

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Year in Question: 1837. In this year Berlioz completed his Grande Messe des Morts, Chopin wrote his Funeral March (which later became the 3rd movement of Sonata No. 2, Op. 35), and Waldteufel was born.

    The music played:

    Rex tremendae (Grande Messe des Morts)
    London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
    Andre Previn (conductor)
    EMI CZS569512 2

    Funeral March
    Andrei Gavrilov (piano)
    EMI CDC FP 6020

    Skaters’ Waltz
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Neville Marriner (conductor)
    PHILIPS 422 050 2


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