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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Tchaikovsky: The Seasons; Artists of the Week: the Alban Berg Quartet; Essential Choice: Martinu: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca.

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

Martinu: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Karel Ancerl (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Kopylov


    Performers: Vertavo String Quartet

    • SIGNUM PSC 1178.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture

    Performers: Concerto Koln & Sarband

    • ARCHIV 474 992-2.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Pohjola's Daughter

    Performers: Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor)

    • HALLE CD HLL7516.
  • 9.22: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Seasons, Op. 37a: March, Song of the Lark; April, Snowdrop

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

      • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 09026.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

  • 9.32: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Johann Strauss I

      Wiener Gemüths Walzer

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      • EMI 397629-2.
  • 9.40am

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in G major, BWV 592

      Performers: Anton Heiller (organ)

      • AMADEUS AMD 7018.
  • 9.49am

    • Henryk Wieniawski

      Scherzo-tarantelle, op.16

      Performers: Alfredo Campoli (violin), Daphne Ibbott (piano)

      • DECCA 433 220 2.
  • 9.55am: Artists of the Week - Alban Berg Quartet

    • Johannes Brahms

      String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

      Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

      • TELDEC 9031 76998-2.
  • 10.26am

    • R Strauss (arr. Karol A Penson)

      Allerseelen, op.10 no.8

      Performers: Cyprien Katsaris (piano)

      • PIANO 21 P21 045-N tk 16.
  • 10.30: Michael Morpurgo's Choice

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Largo (Chamber Concerto in D, RV 93)

      Performers: Luca Pianca (archlute), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (director)

      • TELDEC 4509 91182-2.
  • Liadov


    Performers: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky (conductor)

    • OLYMPIA OCD 221.
  • 10.48am

    • Vittorio Monti


      Performers: Roby Lakatos (violin) and musicians

      • AVANTI 5414706104125.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Scherzo in B minor

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

    • MELODIYA MEL CD 10 02034.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Martinu

      The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl (conductor)

      • SUPRAPHON SU36842.
  • 11.17am

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto in C minor, K491

      Performers: Walter Klein (piano), NHK Symphony Orchestra, Horst Stein (conductor)

  • Locke

    Music for His Majestys Sackbuts and Cornetts: Sarabande; Allemande, Courante; Air, Courant

    Performers: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

    • DECCA B0000807-02 CD 1 tks 11-15.


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