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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Adrian Boult: From Bach to Wagner; A survey of 50 great pianists; Rob's Essential Choice: Nielsen: Springtime on Funen.

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

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

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.

Rob's Essential Choice

Nielsen: Springtime on Funen Op. 42
Inga Bielsen (soprano)
Kim von Binzer (tenor)
Jorgen Klint (bass)
The University Choir Lille Muko
St Klemens School Children's Choir
Odense Symphony Orchestra
Tamas Veto (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 1 in G, HWV 319: II. Allegro

    Performers: Academy of Ancient Music, Andrew Manze (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI 907228.
  • Reinhard Keiser

    Croesus Overture

    Performers: Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Rene Jacobs (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI 901714/16.
  • Zemlinsky

    3 Pieces

    Performers: Othmar Müller (cello), Christopher Hinterhuber (piano)

    • NAXOS 8.570540.
  • 9.17: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Johannes Brahms

      Tragic Overture Op. 81

      Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • EMI 6356572.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      What am I?

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

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for strings and basso continuo in D minor RV128

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 4790441.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3

    Performers: Zino Francescatti (violin), Robert Casadesus (piano)

    • SONY MPK 52534.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse Styrienne

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 417 6112.
  • Edward Elgar

    Dream of Gerontius Op. 38: 'Softly and Gently'

    Performers: Dame Janet Baker (mezzo soprano), Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Ambrosian Singers, Halle Choir and Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

    • EMI 5735792.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Aladdin Suite 'Oriental Festival March'

    Performers: Odense Symphony Orchestra, Tamas Veto (conductor)

  • Claude Debussy

    Suite Bergamasque

    Performers: Walter Gieseking (piano)

    • EMI 5658552.
  • 10.30: Elizabeth Emanuel's Choices

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring Introduction to 'Jeu du rapt'

      Performers: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

      • EMI 749636.
  • Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé


    Performers: Freddie Mercury (voice), Montserrat Caballé (soprano), Orchestra

    • POLYDOR PLCD 221.
  • Robert Schumann

    Marchenbilder Op. 118 - No. 4

    Performers: Rachel Roberts (viola), Lars Vogt (piano)

    • AVIE 8553181.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Carl Nielsen

      Springtime in Funen Op. 42

      Performers: Inga Bielsen (soprano), Kim von Binzer (tenor), Jorgen Klint (bass), The University Choir ‘Lille Muko’, St Klemens School Children’s Choir, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Tamas Veto (conductor)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 'Razumovsky'

    Performers: Budapest String Quartet

    • SONY 88697776782.


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