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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: British Light Classics; Artist of the Week: Dennis Brain; 20 Great British Works: Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.

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
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings
Martyn Hill (tenor)
Frank Lloyd (horn)
City of London Sinfonia
Richard Hickox (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    String Quartet No. 4: Allegretto pizzicato

  • Benjamin Britten

    Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31

  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat

  • Johann Strauss II

    Hellenen Polka, Op. 203

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

    • EMI CMS 567 323 2.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Sextet in D major, Op. 11 No. 6

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (square piano/director)

    • ARCHIV 423 385 2.
  • 9.17: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Docker

      Tabarinage

      Performers: Light Music Society Orchestra, Vivian Dunn (conductor)

      • EMI 088796 2.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccioso in B flat major, Op. 19 No. 5; Menuetto-Scherzoso, Op. 51 No. 3

    Performers: Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

    • ALTO 1093.
  • 9.30:

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

  • Johann Wilhelm Hertel

    Trumpet Concerto in D major

    Performers: Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 478 4798.
  • Schubert

    Nocturne in E flat major, D.897

    Performers: Trio Fontenay

    • TELDEC 4509945582.
  • 10.10: Artist of the Week - Dennis Brain

    • Richard Strauss

      Horn Concerto No. 2

      Performers: Dennis Brain (horn), Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)

      • EMI CDC 747834 2.
  • Tomlinson

    Little Serenade

    Performers: Pro Arte Orchestra, George Weldon (conductor)

    • EMI 088796 2.
  • 10.30: George McGavin's Choices

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      The Lark Ascending

      Performers: Hugh Bean (violin), New Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 7640222.
  • Béla Bartók

    String Quartet No. 4, Sz91: Allegretto pizzicato

    Performers: Hagen Quartet

    • NEWTON CLASSICS 880211.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Polka V.R.

    Performers: Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

    • RCA GD87754.
  • 11am: 20 Great British Works celebrating British Music

    • Benjamin Britten

      Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31

      Performers: Martyn Hill (tenor), Frank Lloyd (horn), City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor)

      • VIRGIN CLASSICS CUV561122 2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio Sonata in D minor op 1 no 8 RV64

    Performers: Salvatore Accardo, Franco Gulli (violins),Rohan de Saram (cello), Bruno Canino (harpsichord)

    • NEWTON CLASSICS 8802034.
  • 11.41am

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 456 7002.

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