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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Essential CD of the Week: Frederick Fennell - Fabulous Marches for Orchestra; Rob's Essential Choice: Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem. Schumann: Fantasie, Op 17.

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

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

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

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.

Rob's Essential Choice

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)
LONDON 425 100-2

Fantasie in C, Op. 17
Maurizio Pollini (piano)
DG 479 0908.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasie in C, Op. 17

  • Mozart arr. Volodos

    Alla Turca (from Piano Sonata in A, K.331)

    Performers: Yuja Wang (piano)

    • DG 477 8140.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Five Contredanses, K.609

    Performers: Camerata Salzburg, Sandor Végh (leader and solo violin)

    • CAPRICCIO 10 302.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Missa Puer Natus Est Nobis: Gloria

    Performers: Chapelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon (conductor)

    • BRILLIANT 93612.
  • 9.17: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Edvard Grieg

      Homage March from Sigurd Jorsalfar

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

      • MERCURY 434 394-2.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

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

    • Antonín Dvořák

      3 Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 nos 2, 5 and 1

      Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

      • TELDEC 8573-81038-2.
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali

    Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 8

    Performers: Ensemble StilModerno

    • BRILLIANT 94259.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    'O mio babbino caro', from Gianni Schicchi

    Performers: Mirella Freni (soprano), Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fioretino, Bruno Bartoletti (conductor)

    • DECCA 436 261-2.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Paris Quartet no.3

    Performers: Barthold Kuijken (flute), Sigiswald Kuijken (violin), Wieland Kuijken (viola da gamba), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

    • SONY 88697318972-15.
  • 10.05: Artists of the Week - The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Fantasy in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, Op. 80

      Performers: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

      • WARNER 2564 63779-2.
  • 10.30: Simon Russell Beale's Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Sonata in B flat, D.960: 2nd movement

      Performers: Stephen Hough (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67027.
  • 10.30: Personal Choice

    • Luigi Cherubini

      Symphony in D - 3rd mvt (Scherzo; allegro assai)

      Performers: NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor)

      • SONY 74321 59481 2.
  • François Couperin

    'Les Pavots', from 4th Book of Harpsichord Pieces

    Performers: Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

    • WARNER 2564 64176-2.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Benjamin Britten

      Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

      Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)

      • LONDON 425 100-2.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasie in C, Op. 17

    Performers: Maurizio Pollini (piano)

    • DG 479 0908.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 no 3 - Polka

    Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • TELDEC 8573-81038-2.


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