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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 25 June 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: York Bowen Piano Works, performed by Joop Celis.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, Mikhail Pletnev.

This week, Rob's guest is the Irish award-winning writer Colm Toibin: essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. His work as a journalist and writer includes 'Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border' (1987) and 'The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe' (1994). His novels include: 'The Blackwater Lightship' (1999, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury), 'The Master' (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and 'Brooklyn' (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year). His short story collections are 'Mothers and Sons' (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and 'The Empty Family (2010). His play 'Beauty in a Broken Place' was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004. His other books include: 'The Modern Library: the 200 Best Novels Since 1950' (with Carmen Callil) and 'All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James' (2010). He has edited 'The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction'. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books.

20 Great British Works

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z.626
Véronique Gens (Dido)
Sophie Marin-Degor (Belinda)
Nathan Berg (Aeneas)
Claire Brua (Sorceress)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (conductor).

Music Played

13 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell Overture in G, Z.770: Bourrée

    Performers: London Baroque


  • Image for Emmanuel Chabrier

    Emmanuel Chabrier Espana

    Performers: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

    PHILIPS 438 806-2

  • 9.07: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for York Bowen

      York Bowen Three Pieces, Op. 20: No. 2 Reverie d'amour

      Performers: Joop Celis (piano)

      CHANDOS CHAN 10774

  • Image for Charles Avison

    Charles Avison Concerto No. 11 in G

    Performers: Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner

    PHILIPS 438 806-2

  • Image for Georges Bizet

    Georges Bizet Carmen, Act 1: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"

    Performers: Teresa Berganza (mezzo-soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    DG 477 9143

  • 9.35: Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

  • Image for Brade

    Brade Cornish Dance; Irish Dance (Anon.); Scottish Dance

    Performers: His Mayestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Timothy Roberts (harpsichord)

    HELIOS CDH55406

  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

    • Image for Maurice Ravel

      Maurice Ravel Ma mère l'oye

      Performers: Martha Argerich, Mikhail Pletnev (piano duet)

      DG 474 8682

  • Image for Antonin Dvorak

    Antonin Dvorak The Noonday Witch

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz (conductor)

    DECCA 425 061-2

  • 10.30: Colm Tóibín's Choices

    • Image for Christoph Willibald Gluck

      Christoph Willibald Gluck Orpheus and Euridice: 'What is Life to me without thee?'

      Performers: Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      DECCA 478 3589

  • Image for Frederick May

    Frederick May String Quartet in C minor: 3rd movement

    Performers: Vanbrugh Quartet

    MARCO POLO 8.223888

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Prelude in A, Op. 28 No. 7

    Performers: Maurizio Pollini (piano)

    DG 477 9530

  • 11am: 20 Works celebrating British Music

    • Image for Henry Purcell

      Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Z.626

      Performers: Veronique Gens (Dido), Sophie Marin-Degor (Belinda), Sophie Daneman (2nd Woman / 1st Witch), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Spirit / Sailor), Nathan Berg (Aeneas), Claire Brua (Sorceress), Gaelle Mechaly (2nd Witch), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor)

      ERATO 4509-98477-2

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who was singing? Carmen, from Bizet's eponymous opera. She was sung by Teresa Berganza.

    The music played:

    Carmen, Act 1: 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle' ['Habanera']
    Carmen: Teresa Berganza (mezzo-soprano)
    The Ambrosian Singers
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    DG 477 9143


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