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Friday - 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: Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (Part 1).

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Suppe & Auber Overtures - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray, MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 434309

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Amadeus Quartet.

10.30am
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.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (Part 1)
Gerontius ..... Richard Lewis (tenor)
The Priest ..... Kim Borg (bass)
Hallé Choir
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
Ambrosian Singers
Hallé Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli (conductor).

3 hours

Last on

Fri 18 Jan 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Kabalevsky

    Galop (The Comedians, Op. 26)

    Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (conductor)

    • RCA RED SEAL 88725417202.
  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Auber

      Fra Diavolo: Overture

      Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

      • MERCURY 434 309-2.
  • 9.10am

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in F major, BWV 1057

      Performers: Christine Schoernsheim (harpsichord), Paul Leenhouts & Karel van Steenhoven (recorders), New Bach Collegium Musicum, Burkhard Glaetzner (conductor)

      • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94421.
  • 9.26am

    • Johannes Brahms

      Herzlich tut mich erfreuen (Chorale Preludes, Op.122 No.4)

      Performers: Canadian Brass

      • OPENING DAY RECORDS ODR7415.
  • 9.34am

    • Gjeilo

      Northern Lights - a setting of Pulcra es, amica mea from the Songs of Songs

      Performers: Phoenix Chorale, Charles Bruffy (director)

      • CHANDOS CHSA 5100.
  • 9.39am

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Bagatelles, Op. 119: Nos. 5-11

      Performers: Rudolf Serkin (piano)

      • CBS MPK 44837.
  • 9.48am

    • Edward Elgar

      Dream Children, Op.43

      Performers: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Charles Mackerras (conductor)

      • DECCA 452 324-2.
  • 9.55: Artists of the Week - The Amadeus Quartet

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in E flat, Op. 74 'Harp'

      Performers: Amadeus Quartet

      • DG 423 473-2.
  • 10.30: Martin Sixsmith's Choices

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No. 1: First movement

      Performers: Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

      • BARBIROLLI EDITION SJB1015.
  • 10.46am: Rob's personal shopper choice for Martin Sixsmith

    • Franz Schubert

      Impromptu D.899, No.3

      Performers: Maria Yudina (piano)

      • ARLECCHINO ARL37-38.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Edward Elgar

      The Dream of Gerontius, Part 1 (complete)

      Performers: Gerontius: Richard Lewis (tenor), The Priest: Kim Borg (bass), Hallé Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Ambrosian Singers, Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

      • EMI CZS 573579-2.
  • 11.40am

    • Johannes Brahms

      Theme and Variations in D minor (from String Sextet No.1, Op.18)

      Performers: Imogen Cooper (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN10755.
  • 11.50am: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Auber

      The Bronze Horse

      Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

      • MERCURY 434 309-2.

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