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Monday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Tchaikovsky: The Seasons; Artists of the Week: the Alban Berg Quartet; Handel: Solomon: CD Review's Building a Library Recommendation.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Tchaikovsky - The Seasons (orch. Alexander Gauk).

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artists of the Week, the Alban Berg Quartet.

Rob Cowan's guest is the award-winning writer, poet, playwright and librettist Michael Morpurgo; a major figure in children's literature. Michael's work is noted for its "magical storytelling", for recurring themes such as the triumph of an outsider or survival, for characters' relationships with nature, and for vivid settings such as the Cornish coast or World War I. In 1976, Michael and his wife established the charity Farms for City Children, with the primary aim of providing children from inner city areas with experience of the countryside. With Ted Hughes he developed the Children's Laureate award and was the Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005. His work has been adapted for opera (Gentle Giant), ballet (Rainbow Bear) and film (Friend or Foe). Currently, he is probably best known for his book War Horse, adapted for radio, stage and film.


Handel: Solomon
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

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Mon 13 May 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Country Dance

    Performers: Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Iona Brown (conductor)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS VBD 562179-2.
  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Seasons, Op. 37a: July, Song of the Reaper; August, The Harvest; September, The Hunt

      Performers: State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 09026.
  • 9.12am

    • Max Bruch

      Romance in F major for viola and orchestra, Op. 85

      Performers: Janine Jansen (viola), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

      • DECCA 475 8328.
  • 9.22am

    • Isaac Albéniz

      Fête Dieu à Seville

      Performers: National Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

      • SONY 88691 97115-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Claude Debussy

      Snow is Dancing (Children's Corner)

      Performers: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

  • 9.33: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Lanner

      Die Werber-Waltz

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      • EMI 397629-2.
  • 9.50am

    • Georges Bizet

      La Patrie, Op. 19

      Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

      • MERCURY 434 321-2.
  • 10.02am: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet, Op. 135

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      • EMI 397629-2.
  • 10.30: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Trad. arr. Hughes

      Down by the Salley Gardens

      Performers: Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Phyllis Spurr (piano)

      • NAXOS 8.111081.
  • 10.42: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Magic Flute: "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja"

      Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay (conductor)

      • DG 435 741-2.
  • 10.50am

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Chamber Concerto in G minor, RV 105

      Performers: Il Giardino Armonico

      • TELDEC 9031 74727-2.
  • 11am:

    • George Frideric Handel

      Solomon (excerpt)

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

  • 11.18am

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Symphony No. 8

      Performers: Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor)

      • HALLE CD HLL7533.
  • 11.48am

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Aria variata (alla maniera italiana), BWV 989 [Aria in the Italian style]

      Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

      • SONY CLASSICAL 88725 42176-2.


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