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Thursday - 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: Bloch: Schelomo.

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

Bloch: Schelomo
George Neikrug (cello)
Symphony of the Air
Leopold Stokowski (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Percy Grainger

    Shepherd's Hey!

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN9584.
  • 9.02am

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns


      Performers: Renaud Capucon (violin), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Daniel Harding (conductor)

      • VIRGIN 545482-2.
  • 9.13: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Seasons, Op. 37a: October, Autumn Song; November, In the Troika; December, Christmas

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

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 09026.
  • 9.26am

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV850 (Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1)

      Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

      • SONY CLASSICAL 88725 42176-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Where am I?

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

  • 9.31am

    • Claude Debussy

      Reflets dans l'eau (Images, Book 1)

      Performers: Zoltan Kocsis (piano)

      • PHILIPS 475 210-2.
  • 9.37am

    • Gioachino Rossini

      Barber of Seville: "Largo al factotum"

      Performers: Herman Prey (baritone), London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      • DECCA 467 901-2.
  • 9.42am

    • Falla

      Canciones Populares Espanolas (arr. Kochanski/Torrent)

      Performers: Augustin Hadelich (violin), Pablo Sainz Villegas (guitar)

      • AVIE AV2280.
  • 9.55am

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Fireworks, Op.4

      Performers: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky (conductor)

      • SONY CLASSICAL SM3K 46291.
  • 10am: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Joseph Haydn

      String Quartet in G, Op. 77 No. 1 (Hob.III:81)

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      • EMI CDC 555191-2.
  • 10.24am

    • Johann Strauss II

      Demolirer-Polka [Demolition Men's Polka]

      Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

      • DECCA 425 426-2.
  • 10.30: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Henry Purcell

      King Arthur: "Fairest Isle"

      Performers: Honor Sheppard (soprano), The King’s Musick, Alfred Dellar (director)

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 90252.53.
  • 10.44: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata': 1st movement

      Performers: Daniel Barenboim (piano)

      • EMI CZS 572912-2.
  • 10.58am

    Landler, D814 No.1 in E flat

    Composer: Schubert Performers: Christoph Eschenbach & Justus Frantz (piano duet)

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Bloch


      Performers: George Neikrug (cello), Symphony of the Air, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

      • EMI 6 98555 2.
  • 11.22am

    • Antonín Dvořák

      String Quartet No.4 in E minor, B19

      Performers: Stamitz Quartet

      • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9410/4.


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