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Monday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Sir Adrian Boult: From Bach to Wagner; A survey of 50 great pianists; Rob's Essential Choice: Brahms: A German Requiem.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Sir Adrian Boult, 'From Bach to Wagner', EMI 6 35657 2

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and Rob's recommended performance by the next pianist in Peter Donohoe's survey of 50 Great Pianists.

10.30am
This week, Rob Cowan's guest is the British fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel. Born in London, she studied at the Harrow School of Art, where she met David Emanuel, and together they became the first married couple to be accepted by the Royal College of Art for a two-year Master's degree in Fashion. In 1977 the couple launched their own fashion house in Brook Street, Mayfair. Fame followed in 1981 when they were chosen to design Diana, Princess of Wales's ivory silk, taffeta and antique lace wedding dress. They also designed much of Diana's wardrobe for her subsequent Gulf tour. In 1987 the Emanuel Shop was opened in Knightsbridge, and collections were sold in exclusive London and New York stores. In 1991 Elizabeth Emanuel, by then working solo under her eponymous label, designed the range of uniforms, luggage and accessories for Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic. She went on to design staff uniform for Britannia Airways. Having lost control of her business in 1997, she designed for other brands, and also for the Ballet Rambert and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. In August 2005 she opened a new studio and launched a new label, Art of Being. She has created designs for films, TV shows and pop videos, and in 2010 returned to the catwalk during London Fashion Week with her Little Black Dress Collection.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Brahms: A German Requiem
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Danse Bohemienne

    Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10689.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Scherzo in C minor for violin and piano (from 'F.A.E.' Sonata WoO post. 2)

    Performers: Christian Ferras (violin), Pierre Barbizet (piano)

    • DG 4790378.
  • Claude Debussy

    Fantaisie for piano and orchestra: Andante ma non troppo

    Performers: François-René Duchâble (piano), Toulouse Capitole Orchestra, Michel Plasson (conductor)

    • EMI 555862.
  • 9.18: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047

      Performers: Rodney Friend (violin), Roger Winfield (oboe), David Munrow (recorder), Gorgon Webb (trumpet), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • EMI 6356572.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Mystery Piece

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Two Pieces Op. 2: No. 1 Prelude; No. 2 Danse orientale

    Performers: Truls Mørk (cello), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

    • VIRGIN 482067.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba and strings

    Performers: Marion Verbruggen (recorder), Sarah Cunningham (viola da gamba), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Monica Huggett (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMT7907093.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jesus: Le baiser de l'enfant-Jesus

    Performers: Yvonne Loriod (piano)

    • ERATO 4509917052.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in D, BWV 936

    Performers: Ivo Janssen (piano)

    • VOID 9804.
  • 10.30: Elizabeth Emanuel's Choices

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat, D.929: Andante con moto

      Performers: Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Frank Braley (piano)

      • VIRGIN 565476.
  • Erik Satie

    Gymnopedie No. 1

    Performers: Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI 902017.18.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major, RV.99

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.

    Performers: Il Giardino Armonico

    • TELDEC 9031 747272.
  • 11am:

    • Johannes Brahms

      German Requiem (excerpt)

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

  • Jean Sibelius

    En Saga, Op. 9

    Performers: Helsinki Radio Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu (conductor)

    • DG ELOQUENCE 480 3297.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Sonata in F, Hob.XVI: 23

    Performers: Monique Haas (piano)

    • DG 477 6201.
  • Frederick Delius

    Intermezzo from Fennimore and Gerda

    Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    • DG ELOQUENCE 442 8337.

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