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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Includes CD of the Week: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (with Andras Schiff: piano); Artist of the Week: Jascha Heifetz; Rob's Essential Choice: Bartok: Kossuth.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, András Schiff (piano), ECM 476 4827.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, Jascha Heifetz.

Rob Cowan's guest on Essential Classics is the English actor and songwriter Clive Swift. He is best known for his role as Richard Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth. Other notable television roles include that of Roy in the British television series The Old Guys. Further TV appearances include Doctor Black in two of the BBC's M.R. James adaptations, The Stalls of Barchester and A Warning to the Curious; the BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles; and he has appeared several times in Doctor Who. He also played Sir Ector, the adoptive father of King Arthur in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur, and the Reverend Eustacius Brewer in the BBC 1 series Born and Bred (2002-05).

As well as acting, Clive is a keen songwriter. Many of his songs are included in his show, Richard Bucket Overflows: An Audience with Clive Swift (2007); and Clive Swift Entertains, performing his own music and lyrics, which toured the UK in 2009.

Rob's Essential Choice

Bartók: Kossuth
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer (conductor)
PHILIPS 476 7255.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Doucet after Wagner


    Performers: Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

    • VIRGIN 440737.
  • Franz von Suppé

    Overture to Pique Dame

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti (conductor)

    • DECCA 478 3199.
  • 9.10: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in F (BWV 880), and Prelude and Fugue in F minor (BWV 881) from The Well

      Performers: András Schiff (piano)

      • ECM 476 4827.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Accelerationen, Op. 234

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

    • DECCA 455 254-2.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Critics' Corner

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

  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonesa

    Performers: USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

    • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 01999.
  • Max Reger

    Sechs ausgewählte Volkslieder: Nos. 1–5

    Performers: Dresden Chamber Choir, Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)

    • CARUS 83.318.
  • Richard Wagner

    Prelude to Act 1 of Tristan and Isolde

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

    • EMI 7 69319 2.
  • 10.08: Artist of the Week - Jascha Heifetz

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

      Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35

      Performers: Jascha Heifetz (violin), Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra , Alfred Wallenstein (conductor)

      • NAXOS 8.111359 tks 8–10.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Wellington's Victory, Op. 91

  • 10.30: Clive Swift's Choices

    • Loesser

      'Guys and Dolls', from Guys and Dolls

      Performers: David Healy (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Barrie Rutter (Benny Southstreet)

      • EMI 3 21388 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

    Performers: Artur Rubinstein (piano)

    • RCA CD60822.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Aida – extract from Act 2

    Performers: Ramfis: Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass), Chorus and orchestra of La Scala, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    • DG 479 0379.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Wellington's Victory, Op. 91

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti (conductor)

      • MERCURY 475 8508.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori', from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

    Performers: Christopher Purves (bass), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA67842 tk 4.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 111

    Performers: Julliard Quartet with Walter Trampler (viola 2)

    • SONY 88691991732.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 111


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