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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with John Sergeant

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: 'Inspirales' - Hillel Zori (cello) and Arnon Erez (piano), CELLO CLASSICS CC1030. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini

Rob's guest this week is the television and radio journalist and broadcaster, John Sergeant. John has worked as a war reporter in Vietnam and Israel, and has presented BBC Radio 4 programmes Today and The World at One. From 1992-2000 he served as the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent, and then became the Political Editor of ITN. One of his most memorable moments was when he waited outside the British embassy in Paris for Mrs Thatcher, in the hope of hearing her reaction to the first ballot in the party leadership contest of 1990, only to be pushed aside by her press secretary when Thatcher emerged from the building. For this broadcast, he won the British Press Guild award for the most memorable broadcast of the year. After retirement from political journalism, John's appearances on programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Have I Got News for You have made him a sought-after participant in television comedy and satire shows. He is currently filming a new documentary in which he explores Indian railways.

Rob's Essential Choice:

Coronation Mass, K.317
Maria Stader (soprano), Oralia Dominguez (mezzo), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Michel Roux (baritone)
Elisabeth Brasseur Choir
Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris
Igor Markevitch (conductor)

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Wed 22 Jan 2014 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer

The piece was:    


Hora Staccato         

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein (conductor)



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