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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: British Light Classics; Artist of the Week: Dennis Brain; 20 Great British Works Celebrating British Music: Elgar: Symphony No 1.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: British Light Classics

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, Dennis Brain.

10.30am
In the week that celebrates World Environment Day, Rob's guest is Dr George McGavin, author, lecturer, explorer and television presenter. George has used his expertise in biology and entomology to present several BBC series: most recently Planet Ant: Life inside the Colony, and also Expedition, Afterlife and The Dark. George is a regular contributor to The One Show and has several insect species named in his honour. He worked for 25 years at Oxford University and taught biological and human sciences and he now gives talks about insects, ecology, evolution, conservation and exploration. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Fellow of The Society of Biology.

11am
20 Great works celebrating British Music.
Elgar: Symphony No.1
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Boult (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Jagdlied (Waldszenen Op. 82)

    Performers: Daniel Levy (piano)

    • NIMBUS NI5250.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo Sinfonico)

    Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (conductor)

    • SONY SBK 63053.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Trio in C major, BWV 529

    Performers: London Baroque

    • BIS CD 1345.
  • 9.20: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Eric Coates

      The Merrymakers (Miniature Overture)

      Performers: Pro Arte Orchestra, Gilbert Vinter (conductor)

      • EMI 088796 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Minuet from Divertimento for 2 violins, viola, oboe, bassoon and 2 horns, K.251

    Performers: Ensemble Wien-Berlin

    • DG 431 782 2.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      The Year in Question

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Dennis Brain

    • Paul Dukas

      Villanelle

      Performers: Dennis Brain (horn), Wilfred Parry (piano)

      • BBC BBCL40482.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Chaconne from Castor et Pollux

    Performers: Soloists of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Bruno Procopio (conductor)

    • PARATY 512120.
  • 10.08: Artist of the Week - Dennis Brain

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat, K.447

      Performers: Dennis Brain (horn), Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 566898 2.
  • Eric Coates

    March - Calling all workers

    Performers: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Reginald Kilbey (conductor)

    • EMI 88796 2.
  • 10.30: George McGavin's Choices

    • Samuel Barber

      Overture to 'The School for Scandal'

      Performers: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

      • EMI CDC 749 463 2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    "Sola, perduta, abbanonata" (Manon Lescaut)

    Performers: Maria Callas (soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin (conductor)

    • EMI CDC 747966 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    Overture in D minor Z 771

    Performers: London Baroque

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMA 1951327.
  • 11am: 20 Great British Works celebrating British Music

    • Edward Elgar

      Symphony No. 1 in A flat, Op. 55

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • IMP DMCD98.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Could this ill World have been contriv'd (J Hogg) from 25 Scottish Songs op 108

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Andreas Roehn (violin), Georg Donderer (cello), Karl Engel (piano)

    • DG 480 0385.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Constancy (R Burns) from 26 Welsh Songs Wo0155

    Performers: Julia Harmari (mezzo soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Andreas Roehn (violin), Georg Donderer (cello), Karl Engel (piano)

    • DG 480 0385.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Elfin Fairies (D Thompson) from 12 Irish Songs Wo0154

    Performers: Edith Mathis (soprano),RIAS Chamber Choir, Andreas Roehn (violin), Georg Donderer (cello), Karl Engel (piano)

    • DG 480 0385.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sunset (Walter Scott) from 25 Scottish Songs op 108

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Andreas Roehn (violin), Georg Donderer (cello), Karl Engel (piano)

    • DG 480 0385.

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