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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: All Shall Be Well: Exultate Singers; Historian Peter Hennessy's favourite music; Rob's Essential Choice: Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: All Shall Be Well: Exultate Singers, David Ogden - NAXOS 8.57276.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, conductor Adrian Boult.

10.30am
This week Britain celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, only the second British monarch to celebrate 60 years on the throne. Rob Cowan's guest is the historian Lord Hennessy, who since 1992 has been Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He shares his essential pieces of classical music.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Prokofiev
Alexander Nevsky
Alfreda Hodgson (mezzo-soprano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Philharmonia Chorus
Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)
ICA ICAC 5069.

3 hours

Music Played

  • 9am: Artist of the Week - Adrian Boult

    • George Frideric Handel

      Thou shalt break them (Messiah)

      Performers: Kenneth McKellar (tenor), London Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • DECCA 480 4915.
  • Jan Ladislav Dussek

    Sonatina No. 5 in F for harp

    Performers: Masumi Nagasawa (single-action harp)

    • ETCETERA KTC 1439.
  • 9.07: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Valiant–for-Truth

      Performers: Exultate Singers, David Ogden (director)

      • NAXOS 8.572750.
  • 9.12:

    • Joseph Haydn

      Trio in C Hob XV:27

      Performers: Polina Leschenko (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Julian Steckel (cello)

      • EMI 5099964470122.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Military March in C, WoO 20

    Performers: Members of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Caspar Richter (conductor)

    • CAPRICCIO 10186.
  • 9.35: Artist of the Week - Adrian Boult

    • Jean Sibelius

      Lemminkainen's Homecoming (Legends)

      Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • OMEGA CLASSICS OCD 1027.
  • 9.42:

    • Ibert

      Five pieces for oboe, clarinet & bassoon

      Performers: Christopher O’Neal (oboe), Julian Farrell (clarinet), Richard Skinner (bassoon)

      • DEUX-ELLES DXL 1104.
  • Claude Debussy

    Hommage a S Pickwick (Preludes: Book II No. 9)

    Performers: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

    • DG 427 391 2.
  • 9.54: Artist of the Week - Adrian Boult

    • Hubert Parry

      Lady Radnor's Suite

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • LYRITA SRCD220.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Je me suis embarqué & Diane, Séléne from L'Horizon Chimerique

    Performers: Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA 66165.
  • 10.13: Artist of the Week - Adrian Boult

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

      Performers: Gerald Jarvis (violin), David Munrow & John Turner (recorders), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • ROYAL CLASSICS ROY 6402.
  • 10.30: Lord Hennessy's Choices

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet No. 14 in D minor D.810 (Andante con moto)

      Performers: Amadeus Quartet

      • DG 449 746 2.
  • Harry Parr-Davies

    Sing as we go

    Performers: Gracie Fields (voice), Full cast (Sing as we go), Harry Parr Davies (conductor)

    • EMPRESS RAJCD833.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Waltz-Scherzo op 34

    Performers: Nathan Milstein (violin). Orchestra conducted by Robert Irving

    • EMI ZDMF 764835 2.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Alexander Nevsky

      Performers: Alfreda Hodgson (mezzo-soprano), Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

      • ICA ICAC 5069.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Salon Polka in F minor op 7 no 2

    Performers: Andras Schiff (piano)

    • WARNER CLASSICS 2564 691753.
  • 11.44:

    • Benda

      Concerto in G major

      Performers: Laurence Dean (flute), Hannoversche Hofkapelle

      • CHRISTOPHORUS CHR 77342.
  • Jiří Antonín Benda

    Concerto in G major

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