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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 10 July 2013

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: The Last Night of the Proms, GUILD.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, Otto Klemperer.

Rob?s guest this week is the author David Mitchell, whose first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His two subsequent novels were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: number9dream (2001); and Cloud Atlas (2004), which was made into a film starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, and four years later he was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. As well as novels, David has also written opera libretti: Wake, based on the 2000 Enschede fireworks disaster with music by Klaas de Vries, was performed by the Dutch National Reisopera in 2010. Most recently, he worked with the Dutch composer and video director Michel van der Aa on the opera Sunken Garden, premiered earlier this year by English National Opera.

Essential Choice ? A Great Proms Performance
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
John Ogden (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis (conductor).

Music Played

14 items
  • Image for Billy Mayerl

    Billy Mayerl Whirligig (Aquarium Suite)

    Performers: Philip Martin (piano)

    SOMM SOMMCD 0124

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Concerto in A, BWV 1055

    Performers: Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwwod (director)

    L’OISEAU LYRE 443 326-2

  • 9.16: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile (String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11)

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      GUILD GHCD 2393

  • Image for Eduard Strauss

    Eduard Strauss Alpenrose, Polka mazurka, Op. 127

    Performers: Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

    EMI CDC 747449-2

  • 9.30am

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Maths Puzzle

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      EMI CDC 747190-2

  • Image for Arcangelo Corelli

    Arcangelo Corelli Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

    ARCHIV 423 626-2

  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Image for Johannes Brahms

      Johannes Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

      Performers: Christa Ludwig (mezzo soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      EMI CDM 769650-2

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in E, Op. 54

    Performers: Claudio Arrau (piano)

    PHILIPS 412 610-2

  • 10.30: David Mitchell's Choice

    • Image for Edward Elgar

      Edward Elgar Violin Concerto: 1st movement

      Performers: Hilary Hahn (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      DG 000302602

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach 2-part Invention in G minor, BWV782 and 3-part Sinfonia in G minor, BWV797

    Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

    SONY 517483-2

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Franz Liszt

      Franz Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A

      Performers: John Ogdon (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4089-2

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata in C minor, Op 30 No 2

    Performers: Josef Suk (violin), Jan Panenka (piano)

    SUPRAPHON SU 4077-2

  • Image for Moritz Moszkowski

    Moritz Moszkowski Spanish Dances, Op 12 Nos 2, 4 and 5

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Ataulfo Argenta (conductor)

    DECCA 475 7747

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Maths Puzzle: five clips of music, all symphonies, and each with a number. How do the first four clips lead to the fifth clip? Answer - They add up to give the number of the final clip: 4 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 25

    The music played:

    Symphony No. 4: 4th mvmt
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
    TELDEC 2292464522


    Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’: 2nd mvmt
    Berlin Philharnonic Orchestra
    Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
    DG 419486 2


    Symphony No. 7: Scherzo
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)


    Symphony No. 8 ‘Unfinished’: 1st mvmt
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    DG 423 655 2


    Symphony No. 25 in G minor: 1st mvmt
    English Chamber Orchestra
    Benjamin Britten (conductor)
    DECCA 444 323 2


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