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A sequence of great music in classic recordings.

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

Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Andre Previn (conductor).

3 hours

Last on

Wed 8 May 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Nicolò Paganini

    Caprice No. 14 in E flat

    Performers: Julia Fischer (violin)

    • DECCA 478 2274.
  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Falla

      3 Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON SU 4122-2.
  • 9.15am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Serenata notturna in D, K.239

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      • EMI 4 63992 2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser


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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto in G minor, Op. 10 No. 2 'La notte'

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), I solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone (conductor)

      • SONY SB2K89981.
  • 9.45am

    • Edward Elgar

      Minuet, Op. 21

      Performers: Northern Sinfonia, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 565593-2.
  • 9.51am

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Scherzo in B minor

      Performers: Janina Fialkowska (piano)

      • ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD2 2597.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Serenade in D, Op. 25

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Gerard Jarry (violin), Serge Collot (viola)

      • EMI 569642-2.
  • 10.24am

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Intermezzo (The Bolt)

      Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

      • DECCA 452 597-2.
  • 10.30: Sarah Dunant's Choice

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Etudes in E and C sharp minor, Op. 10 Nos. 3 and 4

      Performers: Murray Perahia (piano)

      • SONY SK 61885.
  • 10.47: Sarah Dunant's Choice

    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah (Lamentations for Holy Saturday, Book 3)

      Performers: Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens, Deborah Roberts (director)

      • DIVINE ART DDA 25077.
  • 10.59am

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Bagatelle, Op.119 No.3: a l'Allemande

      Performers: Stephen Bishop Kovacevich (piano)

      • PHILIPS 426 976-2.
  • 11.02am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      The Carnival of the Animals

      Performers: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 442 608-2.
  • 11.24am

    • Johannes Brahms

      String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

      Performers: Belcea Quartet

      • EMI 2357122.
  • 11.57am

    • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

      Sonata VI (Fidicinium sacro-profanum)

      Performers: Bell'Arte Salzburg, Annegret Siedel (director)

      • BERLIN CLASSICS 0300120BC.


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