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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: 20 Years of Accentus; Artists of the Week: the Juilliard Quartet; James Naughtie; Rob's Essential Choice: Schubert: String Quartet, D887.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: 20 Years of Accentus, Laurence Equilbey - NAIVE V 5290

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Juilliard Quartet.

This Friday (30th November) is St Andrew's Day, and Rob Cowan's guest this week is Scottish BBC radio presenter James Naughtie, who since 1994 has been one of the main presenters of Radio 4's Today programme. Having begun his career in print journalism (The Aberdeen Press & Journal, The Scotsman, The Washington Post and The Guardian), James moved into radio presenting, presenting The Week In Westminster and moving on to The World At One. He has made several radio documentaries and series and has written three books: Playing the Palace: A Westminster Collection; The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage; and The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency.

James has been a presenter of the televised Proms since 1992, and has also presented opera programmes such as Radio 3's Opera News. He is the current host of Radio 4's Bookclub. Earlier this year he presented The New Elizabethans on Radio Four, a programme about notable people under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, put on to honour her Diamond Jubilee. He was voted Sony Radio Awards Radio Personality of the Year in 1991 and Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award in 2001, and was installed as chancellor of the University of Stirling in 2008.

Rob's Essential Choice

Schubert: String Quartet D.887
Juilliard Quartet
SONY SB2K89978.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Schop


    Performers: Trio Settecento

    • CEDILLE CDR 90000 114.
  • 9.02am

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48

      Performers: Richard Stolzman (clarinet), Emanuel Ax (piano)

      • SONY CLASSICAL 88691 989112.
  • 9.25: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Johannes Brahms

      Verlorene Jugend, Op. 104 No. 4 [Lost Youth]

      Performers: Accentus, Laurence Equilbey (director)

      • NAÏVE V5290.
    • Robert Schumann

      Heidenröslein, Op. 67 No. 3 [Wild Rose in the Heather]

      Performers: Accentus, Laurence Equilbey (director)

      • NAÏVE V5290.
  • 9.30am

    • Ibert

      Clown's Dance

      Performers: The Sinfonia of London, Robert Irving (conductor)

      • VOCALION CDLK 4181.
  • 9.34am

    • Edward Elgar

      Coronation March

      Performers: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves (conductor)

      • EMI CMS 763807-2.
  • 9.46am

    • Robert Schumann

      Papillons, Op. 2

      Performers: Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

      • EMI 217411-2.
  • 10.04am

    • Richard Wagner

      The Flying Dutchman: Overture

      Performers: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski (conductor)

      • PENTATONE PTC 518 6400.
  • 10.15am: Artists of the Week - The Julliard Quartet

    • Samuel Barber

      Dover Beach, Op. 3

      Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Juilliard String Quartet

      • SONY MPK 46727.
  • 10.24am

    • Claude Debussy

      Berceuse heroique

      Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10467.
  • 10.30am: James Naughtie's Choices

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.111

      Performers: Andras Schiff (piano)

      • ECM 476 619-2.
  • 10.57am

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Song without Words, Op.67 No.4 arr. Banks 'The Bee's Wedding'

      Performers: Sinfonia of London, Robert Irving (conductor)

      • DUTTON CDLK4181.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice with his Artists of the Week

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet in G major, D.887

      Performers: Juilliard String Quartet

      • SONY CLASSICAL SB 2K89978.
  • 11.48am

    • Bedrich Smetana

      The Bartered Bride - Polka & Dance of the Comedians

      Performers: Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

      • SONY CLASSICAL SMK 48279.


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