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Monday - Rob Cowan

Rob Cowan presents a sequence of great music in classic recordings.

Rob Cowan's guest this week is the novelist Alan Hollinghurst, whose latest book, The Stranger's Child, was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. A fine stylist, Hollinghurst won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty, set in the 1980s at the height of Thatcherism, and later filmed for BBC TV. His first novel, The Swimming Pool Library, won the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award, and his second, The Folding Star, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. His first four books (including The Spell, 1998) form a quartet that explore British gay life - Hollinghurst says himself that he thought of them as a four-movement symphonic structure, coming back at the end to the time that the first book was set. Music, poetry and the novels of Henry James are among Hollinghurst's great passions.
Also in the programme this week...

From 9am, there's a selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week - this week (16th-20th April) performances by Barry McDaniel of German lieder.

From 9.30am, the Artist of the Week - this week, the cellist, Alban Gerhardt

And at 11am, we've major works of the classical music repertoire in outstanding performances.

Presenter: Rob Cowan
Producer: Chris Barstow.

3 hours

Last on

Mon 16 Apr 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    No. 1 of 5 Contredanses, K.609 ('Non più andrai')

    Performers: Vienna Mozart Ensemble, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 422 643-2.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture to William Tell

    Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • DG 431 653-2.
  • 9.13: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Henri Duparc


      Performers: Barry McDaniel (baritone), Aribert Reimann (piano)

      • AUDITE 23.426.
  • Schmelzer

    Variations on 'La bella pastora'

    Performers: Freiburger Barock Consort

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902087.
  • 9.35: Artist of the Week - Alban Gerhardt

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Élégie, Op.24

      Performers: Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cécile Licad (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67872.
  • César Franck

    Les Éolides

    Performers: Concertgebouw Orchestra, Willem van Otterloo (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 442 296.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Dumbarton Oaks

    Performers: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky (conductor)

    • SONY SMK 46296.
  • 10.10: Artist of the Week - Alban Gerhardt

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op.117

      Performers: Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cécile Licad (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67872.
  • 10.30: Alan Hollinghurst's Choices

    • Butterworth

      The Lads in their Hundreds

      Performers: Christopher Maltman (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67378.
  • Benjamin Britten

    'Nocturne' from On This Island

    Performers: Philip Langridge (tenor), Steuart Bedford (piano)

    • COLLINS 14902.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    London Symphony, 2nd movement

    Performers: Hallé, Mark Elder (conductor)

    • HALLE CD HLL 7529.
  • 11am:

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Symphony No. 41 in C, K.551 ('Jupiter')

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

  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs

    Performers: Lisa Larsson (soprano), Musikkollegium Winterthur, Douglas Boyd (conductor)

    • MDG 902 2738-6.


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