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Wednesday - 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: Britten: Piano Concerto, Op 13.

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

Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)
DECCA 473 715-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Mendelssohn arr. Banks

    Bee's Wedding (Song Without Words Op. 67 No. 4)

    Performers: Sinfonia of London, Robert Irving (conductor)

    • VOCALION CDLK4181.
  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Franz von Suppé

      Light Cavalry: Overture

      Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

      • MERCURY 434 309-2.
  • 9.08am

    • Alexander Glazunov

      Albumblatt [Album leaf]

      Performers: Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), Alexander Markovich (piano)

      • TELDEC 2564 67209-4.
  • 9.14am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Flute Quartet in D, K.285

      Performers: Eberhard Grünenthal (flute), Vladimir Spivakov (violin), Lev Anikeyev (viola), Yuli Turovsky (cello)

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 10830.
  • 9.32am

    • George Frideric Handel

      Florindo and Daphne: Overture

      Performers: The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDH55324.
  • 9.38am

    • Jean Sibelius

      The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22 No. 3

      Performers: Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

      • DG 457 748-2.
  • 9.48am

    • Domenico Cimarosa

      Il Matriomonio Segreto: overture

      Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

      • DG 437 696-2.
  • 9.55: Artists of the Week - The Amadeus Quartet

    • Johannes Brahms

      Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18

      Performers: Amadeus Quartet with Cecil Aronowitz (2nd viola) & William Pleeth (2nd cello)

      • DG 419 875-2.
  • 10.30: Martin Sixsmith's Choice

    • Antonín Dvořák

      The Lord is my Shepherd [psalm 23] (Biblical Songs, Op.99 No.4)

      Performers: Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Christoph Berner (piano)

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902081.
  • 10.37: Martin Sixsmith's Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quintet in C major, D.956: Adagio [2nd mvt]

      Performers: Amadeus Quartet, with William Pleeth (cello)

      • TESTAMENT SBT1157.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Benjamin Britten

      Piano Concerto, Op. 13

      Performers: Sviatoslav Richter (piano), English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)

      • LONDON 417 308-2.
  • 11.34am

    • Johannes Brahms

      Herzlich tut mich verlangen -2nd version (Chorale Prelude, Op.122 No.10)

      Performers: Canadian Brass

  • 11.39am

    • Antonín Dvořák

      The Water Goblin

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Neumann (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON SU4090-2.


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