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Wednesday - 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: Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba (excpts).

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

Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba (excerpts)
Male Chorus of the Hungarian People's Army
Chorus "Jeunesses Musicales"
Hungarian State Opera Chorus & Orchestra
Adam Fischer (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dinicu

    Hora Staccato

    Performers: Michel Rabin (violin), Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Felix Slatkin (conductor)

    • EMI CMS 764123-2.
  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Seasons, Op. 37a: May, White Nights; June, Barcarolle

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

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 09026.
  • 9.12am

    • Silcher

      Der Konig von Thule

      Performers: South German Radio Choir, Rupert Huber (conductor)

      • CARUS 83.322.
  • 9.16am

    • Edward Elgar

      Froissart, Op. 19

      Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 566323-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      The Year in Question

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

  • 9.35am

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 54

      Performers: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

      • HANNSLER CLASSIC CD 93.720.
  • 9.50am

    • Gioachino Rossini

      L'Inganno felice: Overture

      Performers: Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda (conductor)

      • NAXOS 8.570943.
  • 9.57am

    • Hector Berlioz

      Rex tremendae (Requiem, Grande Messe des Morts)

      Performers: London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 416 283-2.
  • 10.05am: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      String Quartet No. 20 in D, K.499 'Hoffmeister'

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

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

    • George Frideric Handel

      Messiah: "He shall feed his flock"

      Performers: Susan Gritton (soprano), Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

      • ARCHIV 453 464-2.
  • 10.49am: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': 1st movement

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 763358-2.
  • 11am

    • Farnaby arr. Howarth

      The Old Spagnoletta

      Performers: Philips Jones Brass Ensemble

      • DECCA B000807-02.
  • 11.03am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Karl Goldmark

      The Queen of Sheba: Overture

      Performers: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)

      • HUNGAROTON HCD 12179-81-2.
  • 11.12am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Karl Goldmark

      The Queen of Sheba: "Magische Töne"

      Performers: Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Heinrich Bender (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 769550-2.
  • 11.16am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Karl Goldmark

      The Queen of Sheba: Night Music & Festive Music (Act III)

      Performers: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)

      • HUNGAROTON HCD 12179-81-2.
  • 11.24am

    • Johannes Brahms

      Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87

      Performers: Leonard Pennario (piano), Jascha Heifetz (violin),

      • RCA 88725 45154-2.
  • 11.50am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • F. Couperin

      Trio Sonata in B flat 'La Steinquerque'

      Performers: Musica Ad Rhenum

      • Brilliant Classics 92178/7.


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