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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Alice Goodman

A selection of music with Rob Cowan, whose guest at 10.30am is Rev. Alice Goodman.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Carlo Maria Giulini - The London Years, and at 9.30: today's brainteaser.

Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado. One of the greatest conductors of his time, Abbado passed away earlier this year at the age of 80. Rob explores his rich recording legacy featuring the various orchestras he conducted and founded, including: Lucerne Festival, Orchestra Mozart, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of La Scala Milan.

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the ordination of the first women priests in the Church of England, and Rob's guest is the American poet, librettist and priest, Rev. Alice Goodman. Alice is perhaps best known for writing the libretti for two operas by John Adams: Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. She was raised as a Reform Jew, but converted to Christianity as an adult (while working on The Death of Klinghoffer). In 2006, she took up the post of chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 2011 became Rector of a group of parishes in Cambridgeshire. Alice is married to the British poet, Geoffrey Hill.

Rob's Essential Choice
The Seasons
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Ernest Ansermet (conductor).

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Wed 12 Mar 2014 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer

The answer was W.S. Gilbert.

His initials WSG were an anagram of the intials of the surnames of Arnold Schoenberg, William Walton and Edvard Grieg.

The music we heard:



Jessye Norman (soprano)

James Levine (piano)

PHILIPS 426 261-2



Tango and Pasadoble (Facade)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

DECCA 470 200-2



Solveig's Song (Peer Gynt)

Barbara Bonney (soprano)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

DG 427 807-2

Walton: Tango and Pasadoble (Facade)

Grieg: Solveig's Song (Peer Gynt)

Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Music in Time – The Romantic Collection

Putting pieces of music in their historical context.

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Music in Time – The Modern Collection

Masterworks of modern music.

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Hear the classical music chosen by our guests on the BBC Music website