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Monday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Artist of the Week: pianist Martha Argerich in Chopin: Polonaise in A flat, Op 53. Ravel: Piano Concerto; Essential Choice: Verdi: Otello (excerpt).

In the week in which we celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin, Rob Cowan's guest is one of Darwin's staunchest defenders. Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics, science writer and broadcaster, is an outspoken defender of science against what he sees as the 'anti-science' of creationism. Much of his own research has been concerned with snails and the light that their anatomy can shed on biodiversity and genetics. He is Professor of Genetics at Galton Laboratory, University College, London, and has held visiting posts at many of the world's great universities. A regular broadcaster and writer of popular books on scientific issues, he gave the 1991 Reith Lecture, has written and presented 'Blue Skies', a Radio 3 series on science and the arts and a TV series on human genetics, 'In the Blood', and regularly appears on topical radio and TV programmes. In 2009 he and others called for vital changes to the proposed science curriculum in English primary schools.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: English Idylls - Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Neville Marriner (conductor) PHILIPS 442 8415.

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist Martha Argerich. Today we hear her in works by Chopin (Polonaise in A flat Op. 53), Mozart (Andante and Variations K. 501), and as soloist in Ravel's Piano Concerto.

The Essential Classics guest this week is science writer, broadcaster and professor of genetics Prof. Steve Jones. Today Steve talks about music he remembers from his childhood.

Rob's Essential Choice

Otello (excerpt)
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Fanfare for Brass Quintet

    Performers: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

    • DECCA 470 502 2.
  • 9.02: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Frederick Delius

      Two pieces for cello and chamber orchestra

      Performers: Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 442 8417.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Excerpts from Don Giovanni: Introduzione, Notte e giorno faticar (no 1); Ah chi mi dice ma

    Arranger: Triebensee Performers: Maurice Bourgue Wind Band

    • PIERRE VERANY PV787033.
  • Henry Purcell


    Performers: Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 426 714 2.
  • 9.30: Artist of the Week - Martha Argerich

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Polonaise in A flat op 53 "Heroic"

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

      • PHILIPS 456 704 2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Prelude to Le Déluge op 45

    Performers: Yan Pascal Tortelier (violin), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux (conductor)

    • EMI CDM769 386 2.
  • 9.45: Artist of the Week - Martha Argerich

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Andante and 5 variations for piano duet in G major K 501

      Performers: Martha Argerich & Stephen Kovacevich (pianos)

      • DG 477 9554.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Musik; Erlkonig

    Arranger: Reger Performers: Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • DG 471 586 2.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G

    Performers: Martha Argerich (piano), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • DG 477 9145.
  • 10.30: Steve Jones' Choices

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Humoresque in G flat op 101 no 7

      Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), István Hajdu (piano)

      • PHILIPS PHCP 4955.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chaconne from Partita no 2 in D BWV 1012

    Arranger: Segovia Performers: Andrés Segovia (guitar)

    • DG 471 430 2.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O viridissima virga, Ave

    Performers: Sequentia

    • DHM 8869790248 2.
  • 11am

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Otello (excerpt)

      Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday’s CD Review

  • Luigi Boccherini

    Sonata for cello and continuo in C minor G2

    Performers: Anner Bylsma (cello), Kenneth Slowik (cello), Bob van Asperen (fortepiano)

    • SONY CLASSICAL 88697685192.
  • 11.35am

    • Benjamin Britten

      Sinfonia da Requiem

      Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

      • CSO CD02 1.


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