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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: The Last Night of the Proms; Artist of the Week: Otto Klemperer; Rob's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: The Last Night of the Proms, GUILD.

A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, Otto Klemperer.

Rob?s guest this week is the author David Mitchell, whose first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His two subsequent novels were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: number9dream (2001); and Cloud Atlas (2004), which was made into a film starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, and four years later he was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. As well as novels, David has also written opera libretti: Wake, based on the 2000 Enschede fireworks disaster with music by Klaas de Vries, was performed by the Dutch National Reisopera in 2010. Most recently, he worked with the Dutch composer and video director Michel van der Aa on the opera Sunken Garden, premiered earlier this year by English National Opera.

Essential Choice ? A Great Proms Performance
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Malcolm Sargent (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Phaeton: Prologue Overture (reprise)

    Performers: Les musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    • ERATO 4509 91737-2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le rouet d'Omphale

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit (conductor)

    • DECCA 425 021-2.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Variations serieuses, Op. 54

    Performers: Alfred Brendel (piano)

    • PHILIPS 426 272-2.
  • 9.21: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Emmanuel Chabrier

      Fete polonaise (Le roi malgre lui)

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      • GUILD GHCD 2393.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Critics' Corner

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Johann Strauss II

      Die Fledermaus: Overture

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 764144-2.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

    Performers: Richard Watkins (horn), Ian Brown (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA67923.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Franz Schubert

      Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D.485

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 763869-2.
  • 10.30: David Mitchell's Choices

    • Claude Debussy

      La Mer: Jeux de vagues

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)

      • EMI 7691842.
  • Max Bruch

    Kol Nidrei

    Performers: Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Gerald Moore (piano)

    • EMI CDC 5555292.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in G, K387

    Performers: The Hagen Quartet

    • DG 479 0593.
  • Anonymous folksong

    Mein Schatz der ist auf die Wanderschaft hin

    Performers: Thomanerchor, Leipzig

    • CAPRICCIO 7106.


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