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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Tchaikovsky: The Seasons; Artists of the Week: the Alban Berg Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba.

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.

11am: Rob's Essential Choice

Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba
Philharmonia Orchestra
Geoffrey Simon (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Mayerl

    Bats in the Belfry

    Performers: Christopher Duckett (piano)

  • 9.02am

    • Edward German

      Nell Gwyn Overture

      Performers: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor)

      • AVIE AV2194.
  • 9.10: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Seasons, Op. 37a: January, By the Hearth; February, The Carnival

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

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 09026.
  • 9.19am

    • Franz Schubert

      Klavierstucke, D.946 No. 2 in E flat

      Performers: Alfred Brendel (piano)

      • PHILIPS 422 075-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Critics' Corner

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

  • 9.32: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Roman Hoffstetter


      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      • EMI 397629-2.
  • 9.40am

    • Jean Sibelius

      Night-Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

      Performers: Suisse Romande Orchestra, Horst Stein (conductor)

      • DECCA 417 697-2.
  • 9.56am

    • Henry Purcell

      The Fairy Queen: First Musick: Prelude & Hornpipe; Fairies Dance (Act 3); Dance of the Gre

      Performers: The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington (conductor)

      • EMI CDS 555234-2.
  • 10.02am: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Maurice Ravel

      String Quartet

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

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

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Clarinet Concerto: Finale

      Performers: Thea King (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDA30010.
  • 10.52: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: Andante

      Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 420 889-2.
  • 11.01am

    • Henry Purcell

      Hornpipe (Abdelazer)

      Performers: Vienna Radio Orchestra, Brian Priestman (conductor)

      • MCA Records MCD80102.
  • 11.02am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Ottorino Respighi

      Belkis, Queen of Sheba: Suite for orchestra from the complete ballet

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon (conductor)

      • CHANDOS CHAN 214-45.
  • 11.23am

    • Franz Schubert

      Symphony No.5 in B flat, D.485

      Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel (conductor)

      • BRKLASSIK 90071-2.
  • 11.54am

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Etude Op.25 No.5 in E minor

      Performers: Boris Berezovsky (piano)

      • WARNER 2564 68717-4.


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