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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: York Bowen Piano Works; Artist of the Week, Mikhail Pletnev; 20 Great British Works: Elgar: Violin Concerto, Op 61.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: York Bowen Piano Works, performed by Joop Celis.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, Mikhail Pletnev.

This week, Rob's guest is the Irish award-winning writer Colm Toibin: essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. His work as a journalist and writer includes 'Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border' (1987) and 'The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe' (1994). His novels include: 'The Blackwater Lightship' (1999, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury), 'The Master' (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and 'Brooklyn' (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year). His short story collections are 'Mothers and Sons' (2006, winner of the Edge Hill Prize) and 'The Empty Family (2010). His play 'Beauty in a Broken Place' was performed at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in 2004. His other books include: 'The Modern Library: the 200 Best Novels Since 1950' (with Carmen Callil) and 'All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James' (2010). He has edited 'The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction'. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books.

20 Great British Works

Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61
James Ehnes (violin)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

  • Edward Elgar

    Suite from 'The Crown of India': III. Warriors' Dance

    Performers: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Groves (conductor)

    • EMI 5 03603 2.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Suite in B flat, 'Les Nations', TWV 55:B5: Overture

    Performers: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai (leader)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMG508396.97.
  • 9.09: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • York Bowen

      24 Preludes, Op. 102: Nos. 1 in C; 10 in E minor; 21 in B flat; 18 in G sharp minor

      Performers: Joop Celis (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN 10774.
  • Mackenzie

    Overture to The Cricket on the Hearth, Op. 62

    Performers: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    • HELIOS CDH55395.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      The Year in Question

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

  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Habanera, op.21 no.2

    Performers: Ida Haendel (violin), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

    • TESTAMENT SBT 1259.
  • Jean‐Marie Leclair

    Second 'Music Recreation', op.8 - Forlane

    Performers: The Four Nations Ensemble

  • Maurice Ravel


    Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

    • PHILIPS 456 700 2.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Summer Night Suite, Op. 123

      Performers: Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

      • DG 445 830-2.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Overture to Preciosa, op.78

    Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

  • 10.30: Colm Tóibín's Choice

    • Richard Wagner

      Die Walküre: Act II, scene 4 ('Siegmund! Sieh auf mich!')

      Performers: Brünnhilde: Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Siegmund: James King (tenor), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti (conductor)

      • DECCA 455 562-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fugue in E minor, BWV 854 from The Well-tempered Keyboard, Bk1

    Performers: Glenn Gould(piano)

    • TEKNON TK 11-251.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B minor, op.61

    Performers: James Ehnes (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis (conductor)

    • ONYX 4025.
  • Sweelinck

    Balleth del granduca

    Performers: Glen Wilson (harpsichord)

    • TEKNON TK 110251.
  • Robert Farnon

    The Westminster Waltz

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.

    Performers: The Philharmonic Orchestra, Iain Sutherland (conductor)

    • SOMCD 0117.


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