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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: 20 Years of Accentus; Artists of the Week: the Juilliard Quartet; James Naughtie; Rob's Essential Choice: Bartok: Scherzo, Op 2.

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.

Today (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

Bartok: Scherzo for piano & orchestra, Op.2
Zoltan Kocsis (piano)
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Harvest Song (Album for the Young, Op. 68)

    Performers: Reine Gianoli (piano)

    • ACCORD 472 542-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Egmont Overture, Op. 84

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, George Szell (conductor)

    • ORFEO C 484 981 B.
  • 9.11: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Ihr Töchters Zions

      Performers: Accentus, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Laurence Equilbey (director)

      • NAÏVE V5290.
  • 9.15am

    • Zoltán Kodály

      Dances of Marosszék

      Performers: RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay (conductor)

      • DGF 457 745-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

  • Jenkins

    Saraband in D minor for lyra consort

    Performers: Musicke and Mirth

    • RAMEE RAM 1204.
  • 9.34am

    • Robert Schumann

      Das Hochlandmädchen, Op. 55 [The Highland Maiden]

      Performers: Renner Ensemble, Bernd Engelbrecht (conductor)

  • 9.40am

    • Weber arr. Berlioz

      Invitation to the Dance

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 462 868-2.
  • 9.53am

    • Gustav Holst

      Brook Green Suite

      Performers: City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHAN9270.
  • 10am: Artists of the Week - The Julliard Quartet

    • Claude Debussy

      String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

      Performers: Juilliard Quartet

      • TESTAMENT SBT1375.
  • 10.27am

    • Anon.

      Anon. - The Jaeger March

      Performers: Band of the USSR Ministry of Defence, N. Mikhailov (conductor)

  • 10.30: James Naughtie's Choice

    • Bridge

      Where'er my bitter teardrops fall; E'en as a lovely flower (Two Heine Settings)

      Performers: Jamie MacDougall (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67181/2.
  • 10.40: Rob's choice for James Naughtie

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Adagio (String Quartet, Op.34)

      Performers: Vogler Quartet

      • CPO 777 624-2.
  • 10.50am

    • Gioachino Rossini

      Overture, La Gazza ladra [The Thieving Magpie]

      Performers: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

      • SONY CLASSICAL SMK 47606.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Béla Bartók

      Scherzo for piano & orchestra, Op. 2

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

      • HUNGAROTON HSACD 32504.
  • 11.33am

    • Trad. Song of the Volga Tatars

      Sahralarda [In the Fields]

      Performers: F. Suleymanova (voice)

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 30 01845.
  • 11.35am

    • George Frideric Handel

      Concerto grosso in B minor, Op.6 No.12

      Performers: Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend (director)

  • 11.47am

    • MacCunn

      The Land of the Mountain and the Flood

      Performers: Scottish National Orchestra, Alexander Gibson (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10412X.


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