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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Karajan Conducts Works of the Great Composers; Artists of the Week: Il Giardino Armonico; Essential Choice: Wagner: Tannhauser (excerpts).

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Karajan Conducts Works Of The Great Composers: MAJOR CLASSICS M3CD305

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artists of the Week, the pioneering Italian early music ensemble, Il Giardino Armonico.

10.30am
This week Rob Cowan is joined by arts administrator and broadcaster Sir John Tusa. During the 1980s Sir John was a main presenter of BBC 2's Newsnight programme, after which he was managing director of the BBC World Service. From 1995 until 2007 he was managing director of the City of London's Barbican Arts Centre, and since 1998 he has been chairman of the board of the Wigmore Hall. He has written two books jointly with his historian wife Ann Tusa: The Nuremberg Trial and The Berlin Blockade. His writings on the arts include On Creativity, The Janus Aspect: Artists in the C20 and more recently, Engaged with the Arts: Writings from the Frontline (2007), which explores ways that the arts can be encouraged in climates where funding is constantly under threat. He continues to write and broadcast widely.

11am: Rob's Essential Choice

Wagner: Tannhauser: Prelude & Venusberg Music
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DG 439 0222.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin: Overture to Act III

    Performers: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

    • EMI 7545832.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    String Sonata No. 3 in C

    Performers: New Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Michael Erxleben (conductor)

    • CAPRICCIO C10630.
  • Tielman Susato

    Danse du Roy (Dansereye 1551)

    Performers: New London Consort, Philip Pickett (conductor)

    • L'OISEAU LYRE 436 1312.
  • 9.20: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Edvard Grieg

      Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: No. 1 'The Abduction – Ingrid's Lament'; No. 4 'Solveig's S

      Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

      • MAJOR CLASSICS M3CD305.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Puzzle

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

  • 9.32: Artists of the Week - Il Giardino Armonico

    • Ross Salomone

      Sinfonia a 3; Gagliarda 'Zambalina' a 4; Sinfonia grave a 5

      Performers: Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

      • WARNER 632642.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat, D.935 No. 2

    Performers: Imogen Cooper (piano)

    • AVIE AV2157.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro for Strings Op.47

    Performers: Allegri Quartet, Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)

    • EMI 5672402.
  • 10.03: Artists of the Week - Il Giardino Armonico

    • Matthew Locke

      The Tempest (incidental music)

      Performers: Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

      • TELDEC 3984214642.
  • 10.30: Sir John Tusa's Choices

    • Sigfrid Karg-Elert

      Organ Voluntary: Nun Danket

      Performers: Simon Preston (organ)

      • DECCA 430 091-2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Ballet Suite from Aida

    Performers: Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler (conductor)

    • DG 477 6118.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan

    Performers: Jascha Heifetz (violin), Brooks Smith (piano)

    • RCA 09026617762.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Richard Wagner

      Tannhauser: Prelude & Venusberg Music

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)

      • MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 434 342 .
  • Schubert

    Deux Marches Charateristiques D.886/968b

    Performers: Christoph Eschenbach nd Justus Frantz (piano)

    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92858.
  • Mikolaj Gorecki

    Nocturne for Orchestra

    Performers: The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk (conductor)

    • DUX 0924.

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