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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Sergei Nakariakov: Trumpet and Piano; Physicist Brian Foster's favourite pieces of music; Bartok: Violin Concerto No 1.

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

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

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.

Rob's Essential Choice
Bartok: Violin Concerto No.1, Op. posth.
Barnabas Keleman (violin)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Zoltan Kocsis (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Georges Bizet

    Carillon (Incidental Music to L'Arlesienne)

    Performers: Basel Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • ARTE NOVA 82876 61103-2.
  • 9.01 [0.01] Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Arban

      Theme and Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice'

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

      • TELDEC 2564 67209-2.
  • 9.08 [0.08]

    • Robert Schumann


      Performers: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

      • DG 478 4223.
  • 9.29 [0.29]

    • Jules Massenet

      Meditation (from Thais)

      Performers: Joshua Bell (violin), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)

      • DECCA 433519-2.
  • 9.32 [0.32]

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Prelude in G sharp, Op. 32 No. 12

      Performers: Wladyslaw Szpilman (piano)

      • SONY CLASSICAL 509 764-2.
  • 9.36 [0.36]

    • Benjamin

      Overture to an Italian Comedy

      Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Myer Fredman (conductor)

      • LYRITA SCRD.314.
  • 9.46 [0.46]

    • Charles Villiers Stanford

      Irish Rhapsody No.1, Op.78

      Performers: Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHANX10116(2).
  • 9.55 [0.55]

    • Kozlovsky

      Polonaise No.1

      Performers: Chamber Ensemble, Victor Kornachev (conductor)

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 02012.
  • 10.30 [1.30] Prof. Brian Foster's Choice

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

      Performers: Artur Rubinstein (piano)

      • RCA RD89651.
  • 10.40 [1.40] Prof. Brian Foster's Choice

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53: 1st movement (Allegro ma non troppo – Quasi moderato)

      Performers: Jack Liebeck (violin), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gary Walker (conductor)

      • SONY 88697 49963-2.
  • 10.55 [1.55]

    • Julius Fucik

      Fanfare Sounds, Op.278

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Neumann (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON CO-2112.
  • 11am [2.00] Rob's Essential Choice

    • Béla Bartók

      Violin Concerto 'No. 1', Op. posth.

      Performers: Barnabás Keleman (violin), Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis (conductor)

      • HUNGAROTON HSACD 32504.
  • 11.20 [2.20]

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Concerto in A minor

      Performers: Wilhelm Backhaus (piano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Gunter Wand (conductor)

      • DECCA 433 899-2.
  • 11.52 [2.52]

    • Bedrich Smetana

      The Kiss - overture

      Performers: Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)

      • DECCA 478 4600.


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