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Rob Cowan's guest is the writer, broadcaster and critic, Sarah Dunant. Sarah is the author of the international bestseller The Birth of Venus, which has received major acclaim.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Jean Fournet in Prague, SUPRAPHON SU 4122-2

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Rob Cowan's guest this week is the writer, broadcaster and critic, Sarah Dunant. Sarah is the author of the international bestseller The Birth of Venus, which has received major worldwide acclaim, and In the Company of the Courtesan. With the publication of Sacred Hearts she completed a Renaissance trilogy, bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts. Her most recent novel, based on the lives of the Borgias and entitled Blood and Beauty, was published earlier this month. Sarah was a founding vice patron of the Orange Prize for women's fiction. She sits on the editorial board of the Royal Academy magazine, and reviews for The Times, The Guardian, and The Independent on Sunday.

11am: Rob's Essential Choice

Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Last on

Mon 6 May 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in F major, BWV 856

    Performers: Andras Schiff (piano)

    • DECCA 4143882.
  • Bach arr Stokowski

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

    Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)

    • EMI 5555922.
  • Bach arr Myra Hess

    Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

    Performers: Dinu Lipatti (piano)

    • PHILIPS 4568922.
  • Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • César Franck

      Le chasseur maudit

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON SU 41222.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Who's Dancing?

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

  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op.117 No.2

    Performers: Radu Lupu (piano)

    • DECCA 4757070.
  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord), Roland Pidoux (cello)

      • SONY 39746.
  • Percy Grainger

    In Dahomey (The Cakewalk Smasher)

    Performers: Alan Feinberg (piano)

    • ARGO 4444572.
  • 10.09: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Oliver Reinecke

      Movements for a Clarinet Concerto

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Theodor Guschlbauer (conductor)

      • WARNER APEX 2564623622.
  • Edward Elgar


    Performers: Natalie Clain (cello), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

    • EMI 501409-2.
  • 10.30: Sarah Dunant's Choices

    • Josquin des Prez

      O intemerata Virgo

      Performers: Orlando Consort

      • ARCHIV 4634732.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Cello Sonata in A, Op. 69 (1st movement)

    Performers: Paul Tortelier (cello), Eric Heidsieck (piano)

    • EMI CMS 7691962.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Soldier's Tale: Suite

    Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday’s CD Review

  • Robert Schumann

    Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129

    Performers: Janos Starker (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowazceski (conductor)

    • MERCURY 432 010-2.
  • Henry Purcell

    Ye gentle spirits of the air (The Fairy Queen)

    Performers: Dorothee Mields (soprano), Lautten Compagney Berlin, Wolfgang Katscher (conductor)

    • CARUS 83.435.


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