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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Essential CD of the Week: Frederick Fennell - Fabulous Marches for Orchestra; Rob's Essential Choice: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178.

with Rob Cowan, and his guest, actor Simon Russell Beale.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Frederick Fennell - Fabulous Marches for Orchestra.
Eastman-Rochester Pops and Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell (director). MERCURY 434 394-2

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser from one of our listeners, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

10.30am
Rob's guest this New Year week is the actor Simon Russell Beale, whose many accolades include being described as "the greatest stage actor of his generation" by The Independent. His recent stage roles include Leontes in The Winter's Tale and Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard. In 2010 he played Sir Harcourt Courtly in London Assurance at the National Theatre, and in 2011 he made his debut with The Royal Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Simon has also worked in television, most recently as Home Secretary, William Towers, in the final series of BBC1's spy drama, Spooks. In 2008 he made his debut as a television presenter, fronting the BBC Four series Sacred Music with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, with a second series broadcast in 2010. Recent radio appearances include the character of George Smiley in the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of John Le Carré novels.

Earlier this year Simon appeared in the title role in Timon of Athens at the Royal National Theatre, which was broadcast to cinemas around the world. He will star in a revival of Peter Nichols's Privates on Parade at the Noel Coward Theatre until March 2013.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178
Emil Gilels (piano)
ORFEO C332931B

Haydn: Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob I:93
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Frans Brüggen (conductor)
PHILIPS 468546.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexander Borodin

    Serenata alla Spagnola

    Performers: Borodin Quartet

    • ONYX 4002.
  • 9.03: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Franz Schubert

      Marche militaire, Op. 51 No. 1

      Performers: Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra, Frederick Fennell (conductor)

      • MERCURY 434 394-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971

    Performers: Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

    • ARCHIV 474 337-2.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 No. 1

    Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), István Hajdu (piano)

    • PHILIPS PHCP-4936.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Where am I?

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

  • 9.31: Artists of the Week - The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    • Adès

      3 Studies After Couperin – No. 2, Les tours de passe-passe

      Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Thomas Adès (conductor)

      • EMI 4 57813 2.
  • Giovanni Porta

    'Madre diletta, abracciami', from Ifigenia in Aulis

    Performers: Joyce DiDonato, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis (conductor)

    • VIRGIN 5099960265425.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture to The Magic Flute

    Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor)

    • BIDDULPH WHL 008–9.
  • 9.50: Artists of the Week - The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    • Johannes Brahms

      Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90

      Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Paavo Berglund (conductor)

      • ONDINE ODE9902T.
  • 10.30: Simon Russell Beale's Choices

    • Nicola Porpora

      'Tu che d'ardir m'accendi', from Siface

      Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor – Erminio), Le concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor)

      • VIRGIN 602660.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 4: 4th movement

    Performers: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 439 900-2.
  • Gustav Mahler

    'Von der Schönheit', from Das Lied von der Erde

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • SONY E4663812.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

      Performers: Emils Gilels (piano)

      • ORFEO C 332 931 B.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob I:93

    Performers: Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 468 546-2.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Serenata alla Spagnola

  • Franz Schubert

    Marche militaire (D.733`1) orch. Guiraud [orig. for piano duet], no.1 in D major

    Conductor: Frederick Fennell. Orchestra: Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra.
    • Fabulous Marches for Orchestra: Boston Pops, Frederick Fennell.
    • Mercury.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971

  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 No. 1

  • Thomas Adès

    Three Studies after Couperin: No. 2, Les tours de passe-passe

  • Giovanni Porta

    "Madre diletta, abracciami" (Ifigenia in Aulis)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture to the Magic Flute

  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90

  • Nicola Porpora

    "Tu che d'ardir m'accendi" (Siface)

  • Gustav Mahler

    "Von der Schonheit" (Das Lied von der Erde)

  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob. I:93

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