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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

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor).

3 hours

Last on

Thu 9 May 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in A major, K.39

    Performers: Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

    • SONY 517487 2.
  • 9.02am

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      La Forza del destino: Sinfonia

      Performers: Filharmonica della Scala, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

      • DECCA 478 3559.
  • 9.10: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • César Franck

      Intermede symphonique (from Redemption)  

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON SU 4122-2.
  • 9.23am

    • Henry Purcell

      Sonata in G minor, Z807

      Performers: London Baroque

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMA 1951327.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Who am I?

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

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

    • Joseph Haydn

      Trio in G, Hob IV/4

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Wolfgang Schulz (flute), Gilbert Audin (bassoon)

      • SONY SK 48061.
  • 9.37am

    • Leonard Bernstein

      Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

      Performers: Benny Goodman (clarinet), Columbia Jazz Combo, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

      • SONY SM3K 47162.
  • 9.47am

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Grande valse brilliante in E flat, Op. 18

      Performers: Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

      • RCA 88697687122.
  • 9.54am

    • Suk

      Appassionata (4 Pieces, Op.17 No.2)

      Performers: Ginette Neveu (violin), Jean Neveu (piano)

      • DUTTON CDBP 9710.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Sonata in D, Op. 94

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Alfred Holecek (piano)

      • SUPRAPHON SU 3711-2 101.
  • 10.24am

    • Sweelinck

      Est-ce Mars

      Performers: Margit Kern (accordian), Katharina Bauml (shawms)

      • GENUIN GEN11219.
  • 10.30: Sarah Dunant's Choice

    • George Frideric Handel

      Messiah: 'I know that my redeemer liveth'

      Performers: Judith Nelson (soprano), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

      • L’OISEAU LYRE 430 4882.
  • 10.44: Sarah Dunant's Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude No. 1 in C major

      Performers: Daniel Barenboim (piano)

      • WARNER 2564 63165-2.
  • 10.50: Sarah Dunant's Choice

    • Cipriano de Rore

      Hor che 'l ciel e la terra e 'l vento tace

      Performers: Musica Secreta

      • LINN CKD 169.
  • 10.58am

    • Henry Purcell

      Hark the echoing air (The Fairy Queen)

      Performers: Dorothee Mields (soprano), Lautten Compagney Berlin, Wolfgang Katschner (director)

      • CARUS 83.435.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Benjamin Britten

      The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

      Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)

      • DECCA 425 6592.
  • 11.17am

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65

      Performers: Suk Trio

      • SUPRAPHON SU35452.


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