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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Essential CD of the Week: York Bowen Piano Works; Artist of the Week, Mikhail Pletnev; 20 Great British Works: Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: York Bowen Piano Works, performed by Joop Celis.

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

10.30am
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.

11am
20 Great British Works

Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Moscow Chamber Orchestra & Bath Festival Orchestra
Rudolf Barshai (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Beethoven - Symphony No. 2

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Clair de lune, Op. 46 No. 2

  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 4th movement

  • Erwin Schulhoff

    Symphony No. 5: 3rd movement

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    11 Bagatelles for piano (Op.119), no.7 in C major;

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Beethoven: Bagatelles for Piano: Kovacevich.
    • Philips.
    • 14.
  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for Double String Orchestra

  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No. 55 in B flat, Hob.XVI:41

  • Alexander Scriabin

    The Poem of Ecstacy, Op. 54

  • Jean Françaix

    Concertino in G for piano and orchestra: I. Presto leggiero

    Performers: Claude Françaix (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (conductor)

    • MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 478 5092.
  • Richard Heuberger

    Overture to Der Opernball

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic, Rudolf Kempe (conductor)

    • TESTAMENT STB12 1281.
  • 9.10: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • York Bowen

      Suite Mignonne, Op. 39

      Performers: Joop Celis (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN 10774.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cello Concerto in B flat, RV 423

    Performers: Roel Dieltiens (cello and direction), Ensemble Explorations

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMG 508235.36.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

  • Suk

    Love Song, op.7 no.1

    Performers: David Oistrakh (violin), Vladimir Yampolsky (piano)

    • EMI 2 14727 2.
  • Frederick Delius

    A Late Lark

    Performers: Antony Rolf Johnson (tenor), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Fenby (conductor)

    • HERITAGE HTGCD 700.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le Corsair

    Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

    • SONY 88697720602.
  • 9.58: Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36

      Performers: Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

      • DG 478 4217.
  • 10.30: Colm Tóibín's Choices

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Clair de lune, Op. 46 No. 2

      Performers: Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

      • EMI 5 65061 2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 4th movement

    Performers: Pablo Casals (cello), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.110305.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in C, op.119 no.7

    Performers: Stephen Kovacevich

    • PHILIPS 426 976-2.
  • 11am: 20 Works celebrating British Music

    • Tippett

      Concerto for Double String Orchestra

      Performers: Moscow Chamber Orchestra & Bath Festival Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai (conductor)

      • EMI 6 63522 2.
  • 11.23am

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Sonata No. 55 in B flat, Hob XVI:41

      Performers: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

      • CHANDOS CHAN 10763.
  • 11.35: Artist of the Week - Mikhail Pletnev

    • Alexander Scriabin

      The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54

      Performers: Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

      • DG 459 681-2.

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