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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Suppe and Auber Overtures; Artists of the Week: Amadeus Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Verdi: Requiem (excerpts).

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.

Rob's Essential Choice

Verdi: Requiem (Introit & Kyrie, Dies Irae)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)
Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)
EMI CDS 747257-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Josef Strauss

    Eislauf, Op. 261 [Skating Polka]

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

    • DG 474 900-2.
  • 9.02am

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

      Spanish Capriccio, Op. 34

      Performers: USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 01999.
  • 9.18am

    • Villette

      Panis Angelicus, Op. 80

      Performers: Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDA67539.
  • 9.22: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Franz von Suppé

      The Beautiful Galatea: Overture

      Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

      • MERCURY 434 309-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Claude Debussy

      D'un cahier esquisses

      Performers: Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

      • PHILIPS 475 210-2.
  • 9.37am

    • Gustav Holst

      Second Suite for Military Band, Op. 28 No. 2

      Performers: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra, Timothy Reynish (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHAN9697.
  • 9.50am

    • Richard Wagner

      Forest Murmers (Siegfried)

      Performers: Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell (conductor)

      • CBS MDK46286.
  • 9.58am: Artists of the Week - The Amadeus Quartet

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      String Quartet in G major, K.387

      Performers: Amadeus Quartet

      • DG 423 300-2.
  • 10.25am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Die bildnis ist bezaubernd schon (Die Zauberflote)

      Performers: Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Berislav Klobucar (conductor)

      • EMI 440497-2.
  • 10.30: Martin Sixsmith's Choice

    • Franz Liszt

      Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)

      Performers: Claudio Arrau (piano)

      • DG 469 151-2.
  • 10.57am

    • François Couperin

      Air de Baccantes (Huitieme Concert dans le gout Theatral)

      Performers: Musica Ad Rhenum, Jed Wentz (director)

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Requiem: Introit, Kyrie & Dies Irae

      Performers: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass), Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)

      • EMI 085219-2.
  • 11.48am

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto, RV428 / Op.10 No.3 'The Goldfinch'

      Performers: Wissam Boustany (flute), Stephen Morris (violin), Philip Dukes (viola), Tim Hugh (cello), Mary Scully (double-bass), Steven Devine (cembalo)

      • NIMBUS NI6167.


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