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Monday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Includes Essential CD of the Week: Suppe and Auber Overtures; Artists of the Week: Amadeus Quartet; Martin Sixsmith's favourite music; A survey of Dowland's music.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Suppe & Auber Overtures - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray, MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 434309

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

Rob Cowan's guest this week is the author, journalist and radio/television presenter Martin Sixsmith. From 1980 to 1997 Martin was a BBC correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. He then worked for the Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary first to Harriet Harman, then to Alistair Darling and finally to Stephen Byers.

He is the author of two novels: Spin, and I Heard Lenin Laugh. Martin's recent non-fiction books include The Lost Child of Philomena Lee (2009); Putin's Oil (2010); and Russia: A 1,000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East (2011). In February 2008 he worked on two BBC documentaries exploring the legacy of the KGB in today's Russia and also presented a BBC radio programme, The Snowy Streets of St. Petersburg, about artists and writers who fled the former Eastern bloc. Most recently, in 2011, he presented Russia: The Wild East, a 50-part history of Russia for BBC Radio 4. Martin works as an advisor to the BBC political sitcom The Thick of It.

Dowland: A survey of his music, with a selection of recordings as recommended on last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fugue on a theme from Handel's overture to Solomon

    Performers: Wihan Quartet

    • LOTOS LT 0148-2 130.
  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Franz von Suppé

      Poet and Peasant Overture

      Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

      • MERCURY 434 309-2.
  • 9.12am

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49

      Performer: Krystian Zimerman (piano)

      • DG 423 090-2.
  • 9.28am

    • Trad. Gypsy pieces from the Uhrovska collection of 1730

      Piece titled: C256 & Iag Bari

      Performers: Ensemble Caprice, Matthais Mauté (director)

      • ANALEKTA AN29912.
  • 9.30am

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Sleeping Beauty: Pas de six from Act I

      Performers: Suisse Romande Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet (conductor)

  • 9.37am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Symphony No. 19 in E flat major, K.132

      Performers: Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Adam Fischer (conductor)

      • DACAPO 6.220541.
  • 9.55am

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Sleeping Beauty suite, Op.66a: Panorama & Waltz

      Performers: Berlin Philharmonic, Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

      • DG 449 726-2.
  • 10.05: Artists of the Week - The Amadeus Quartet

    • Antonín Dvořák

      String Quartet, Op. 96 'American'

      Performers: Amadeus Quartet

      • DG 457 707-2.
  • 10.30: Martin Sixsmith's Choices

    • Brahms arr. Cortot

      Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4

      Performer: Alfred Cortot (piano)

      • NAXOS 8.112012.
  • 10.38am

    • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Serenade for Strings: Finale (Tema russo)

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki (conductor)

      • EMI Music for Pleasure MFP 2045.
  • 10.49am

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Waltz in A flat, Op.34 No.1

      Performers: Vladimir Feltsman (piano)

      • NUMBUS NI6814.
  • 10.55am

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      Scherzo in B flat major

      Performers: USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 02034.
  • 11am - Dowland sequence 1

    • John Dowland

      Flow my tears

      Performers: Mark Padmore (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

      • HYPERION CDA67648.
  • John Dowland

    Mellancholy Galliard, P25; Winters Jomps, P55 [aka Mrs Winter's Jump]

    Performers: Paul O'Dette (lute; then orpharion)

  • John Dowland

    The King of Denmark's Galliard

    Performers: Fretwork

    • VIRGIN 545005-2.
  • 11.10am - Dowland sequence 2

    • John Dowland

      Lachrimae Antiquae

      Performers: Fretwork

      • VIRGIN 545005-2.
  • John Dowland


    Performers: Paul O'Dette (lute)

  • John Dowland

    Flow my tears

    Performers: Mark Padmore (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

    • HYPERION CDA67648.
  • 11.20am

    • George Gershwin

      Piano Concerto in F

      Performers: Earl Wild (piano), Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler (conductor)

      • RCA 88765 41497-2.
  • 11.51am

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      La vita e inferno… O tu che in seno agli angeli (La Forza del Destino)

      Performers: Carlo Bergonzi (tenor), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli (conductor)

      • EMI 440509-2.


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