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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. 9.00am Essential CD of the Week: Sergei Nakariakov: Trumpet and Piano. 10.30am Physicist Brian Foster. 11.00am Rob's Essential Choice: Bach: Magnificat, BWV243.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Sergei Nakariakov: Trumpet and Piano TELDEC 2564 67209-2

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
In World Space Week, Rob Cowan's guest on Essential Classics is the distinguished British physicist Professor Brian Foster OBE, who is currently European Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider at CERN in Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in particle physics, became successively a lecturer, then Reader and finally Professor in Experimental Physics at the University of Bristol, and then held the equivalent position at Oxford University from 2003. He is currently Head of the Department of Particle Physics at Oxford. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1999 and the Max Born Medal and Prize in 2003.
Music is a consuming passion for Brian Foster. He is an enthusiastic amateur violinist, and has collaborated with the young professional violinist Jack Liebeck on the Superstrings project, a lecture which links Einstein's favourite instrument, the violin, with many of the concepts of modern physics, showing how Einstein's ideas have shaped our concepts of space, time, and the evolution of the Universe.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice
Bach: Magnificat, BWV243
Maria Stader (soprano)
Hertha Töpper (alto)
Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass-baritone)
Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra
Karl Richter (conductor)
DG 439 489-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bach arr. Sitkovetsky

    Sinfonia No. 1 in C major, BWV 787

    Performers: Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin), Yuri Zhislin (viola), Luigi Piovano (cello)

    • NIMBUS NI 6199.
  • 9.01 [0.01]

    • Antonín Dvořák

      In Nature's Realm, Op. 91

      Performers: Vienna State Opera Orchestra, László Somogyi (conductor)

      • DG 471 266-2.
  • 9.16 [0.16] Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Curtis

      Non ti scordar di me

      Performers: Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), Alexander Markovich (piano)

      • TELDEC 2564 67209-2.
  • 9.19 [0.19]

    • Offenbach arr. Haensch

      La Belle Hélène: Overture

      Performers: Suisse Romande Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet (conductor)

      • DECCA 480 0023.
  • 9.30 [0.30]

    • Today's Brainteaser

      The Year in Question - answers appear at the bottom of the page

  • 9.31 [0.31]

    • Pepusch

      Venus and Adonis: Overture

      Performers: The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentleman

      • RAMÉE RAM1109.
  • 9.40 [0.40]

    • Franz Liszt

      Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor S244/2

      Performer: George Cziffra (piano)

      • EMI CDM 567554-2.
  • 9.50 [0.50]

    • Butterworth

      A Shropshire Lad - rhapsody

      Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      • DECCA 452 707-2.
  • 10.01 [1.01]

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      Sonata for flute & continuo in A minor, Wq.128

      Performer: Eckhart Haupt (flute), Siegfried Pank (viola da gamba), Armin Thalheim (harpsichord)

      • PHOENIX 452.
  • 10.12 [1.12]

    • Maurice Ravel

      Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

      Performers: Zoltán Kocsis (piano), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 446 713-2.
  • 10.30 [1.30] Prof. Brian Foster's Choice

    • Fritz Kreisler

      Tambourin Chinois

      Performers: Joshua Bell (violin), Paul Coker (pianist)

      • DECCA 444 409-2.
  • 10.40 [1.40] Prof. Brian Foster's Choice

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto in E flat, K.449: Finale – Allegro ma non troppo

      Performers: Alfred Brendel (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 412 856-2.
  • 10.50 [1.50]

    • Johannes Brahms

      Ballade in B major, Op.10 No.4

      Performer: Alfred Brendel (piano)

      • PHILIPS 446 925-2.
  • 11am [2.00] Rob's Essential Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Magnificat, BWV 243

      Performers: Maria Stader (soprano), Hertha Töpper (alto), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass-baritone), Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra, Karl Richter (conductor)

      • DG 439 489-2.
  • 11.33 [2.33] Rob's Essential Choice

    • Ottorino Respighi

      Feste Romane

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonio Pedrotti (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON 11 0291-2.

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