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Thursday - Rob Cowan

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 27 June 2013

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: York Bowen Piano Works, performed by Joop Celis.

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, Mikhail Pletnev.

10.30am
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.

11am
20 Great British Works

Howells: Hymnus Paradisi
Joan Rodgers (soprano)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Alan Opie (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox (conductor).

Music Played

24 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Christopher Gibbons
    00:53

    Christopher Gibbons Fantasia

    Motets, anthems, fantasias & voluntaries, Harmonia Mundi, 011

  • Image for Sir Arthur Sullivan
    00:59

    Sir Arthur Sullivan The Mikado: "Behold the Lord High Executioner"

  • Image for Carl Maria von Weber
    01:02

    Carl Maria von Weber Konzertstuck in F minor for piano and orchestra, Op. 79

  • Image for William Michael Balfe
    01:36

    William Michael Balfe The Bohemian Girl: "I dreamt I dwelt in Marble Halls"

  • Image for Anton Webern
    01:43

    Anton Webern Symphony, Op. 21: 1st movement

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach
    01:54

    Johann Sebastian Bach 'Schlage doch gewunschte Stunde', BWV 53

  • Image for Howells
    02:04

    Howells Hymnus Paradisi

  • 9am Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

    • Image for Carl Maria von Weber

      Carl Maria von Weber Overture to Abu Hassan, J106

      Performers: Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

      DG 453 486-2

  • Image for Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Ad caenam agni providi

    Performers: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

    CORO COR16106

  • 9.11: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for York Bowen

      York Bowen Ripples (A Short Sketch), Op. 100 No. 1; Shadows, Op. 100 No. 2

      Performers: Joop Celis (piano)

      CHANDOS CHAN 10774

  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no.4

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, Constantin Silvestri (conductor)

    DISKY CLASSICS DB 707432

  • 9.30am

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Who am I?

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

  • 9.31: Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams Silent Noon

    Performers: Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Phyllis Spur (piano)

    MEMBRAM 233590

  • Image for Christopher Gibbons

    Christopher Gibbons Fantasia

    Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk, Rodolfo Richter (violins), Mark Levy (bass viol), Richard Egarr (organ)

    HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 807551

  • Image for Sullivan

    Sullivan The Mikado - 'Behold the Lord High Executioner'

    Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Reed (baritone), Chorus of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, Royston Nash (conductor)

    DECCA 478 2931

  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

    • Image for Carl Maria von Weber

      Carl Maria von Weber Konzerstück in F minor for piano and orchestra, Op. 79

      Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano and direction), Russian National Orchestra

      DG 453 486-2

  • Image for Lionardo Oronzo Salvatore de Leo

    Lionardo Oronzo Salvatore de Leo Concerto in A for cello solo with violin

    Performers: Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini (conductor)

    ZIG-ZAG ZZT316

  • 10.30: Colm Tóibín's Choices

    • Image for Balfe

      Balfe The Bohemian Girl, Act 2: 'I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls'

      Performers: Joan Sutherland (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge (conductor)

      EMI 470 026-2

  • Image for Anton Webern

    Anton Webern Symphony, Op. 21: 1st movement

    Performers: Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble, Robert Craft (conductor)

    NAXOS 8.557530

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach 'Schlage doch gewünschte Stunde', BWV 53

    Performers: Christophe Dumaux (alto), Pulcinella, Ophélie Gaillard (direction)

    APARTÉ AP045

  • Image for Arnold Schoenberg

    Arnold Schoenberg 6 Little Piano Pieces, op.19 - no.6, Sehr langsam

    Performers: Maurizio Pollini (piano)

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 471 361-2

  • 11am: 20 Works celebrating British Music

    • Image for Howells

      Howells Hymnus Paradisi

      Performers: Joan Rodgers (soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Alan Opie (baritone), BBC Symphony Chorus, Stephen Jackson (chorus master), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)

      CHANDOS CHAN 9744

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Waltzes, op.39 - no.3 in G sharp minor, no.4 in E minor, no.5 in E, no.6 in C sharp, no.7

    Performers: Leon Fleisher (piano)

    SONY 88725459972

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who am I? Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado.

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