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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

Walton: Façade (excerpts)
Eleanor Bron (reciter)
Richard Stilgoe (reciter)
Nash Ensemble
David Lloyd-Jones (conductor).

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Last on

Fri 10 May 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Richard III: A Shakespeare Suite - Fanfare

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, William Walton (conductor)

    • EMI 5650032.
  • 9.01: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • César Franck

      Les Djinns

      Performers: Frantisek Maxian (piano), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON SU 4122-2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Romance, Op. 62

    Performers: Karen Geoghegan (bassoon), Orchestra of Opera North, Benjamin Wallfisch (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN10477.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in C, Wq. 182 No. 3

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

    • ARCHIV 476 7109.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

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

    • Francis Poulenc

      Flute Sonata

      Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Francis Poulenc (piano)

      • ACCORD 465 799-2.
  • Gerald Finzi


    Performers: Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Morton (director)

  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Jean-Pierre Rampal

    • Mercadante

      Flute Concerto in E minor

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

      • WARNER APEX 2564 61791-2.
  • Gabriel Fauré


    Performers: Midori (violin), Robert McDonald (piano)

    • SONY SK52568.
  • 10.30: Sarah Dunant's Choices

    • Philip Glass

      Einstein on the Beach (Act IV, scene 1: Building)

      Performers: The Philips Glass Ensemble, Michael Reisman (conductor)

      • SONY SM4K87970.
  • Arvo Pärt


    Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tönu Kaljuste (conductor)

    • ECM 1505.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ballade, Op. 118 No. 3

    Performers: Barry Douglas (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHAN10757.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • William Walton

      Façade (excerpts)

      Performers: Eleanor Bron (reciter), Richard Stilgoe (reciter), Nash Ensemble, David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDA67239.
  • 11.36am

    • Robert Schumann


      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

      • DG 410 6532.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Sketches, BB 103: No. 1 An Evening at the Village

    Performers: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 454 430-2.


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