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Wednesday - 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: Liszt: Piano Concerto No 2 in A.

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
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
John Ogden (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Billy Mayerl

    Whirligig (Aquarium Suite)

    Performers: Philip Martin (piano)

    • SOMM SOMMCD 0124.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Harpsichord Concerto in A, BWV 1055

    Performers: Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwwod (director)

    • L’OISEAU LYRE 443 326-2.
  • 9.16: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Andante cantabile (String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11)

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      • GUILD GHCD 2393.
  • Eduard Strauss

    Alpenrose, Polka mazurka, Op. 127

    Performers: Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

    • EMI CDC 747449-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Maths Puzzle

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI CDC 747190-2.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

    • ARCHIV 423 626-2.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Johannes Brahms

      Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

      Performers: Christa Ludwig (mezzo soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 769650-2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo No. 2 in E, Op. 54

    Performers: Claudio Arrau (piano)

    • PHILIPS 412 610-2.
  • 10.30: David Mitchell's Choice

    • Edward Elgar

      Violin Concerto: 1st movement

      Performers: Hilary Hahn (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      • DG 000302602.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    2-part Invention in G minor, BWV782 and 3-part Sinfonia in G minor, BWV797

    Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

    • SONY 517483-2.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Concerto No. 2 in A

      Performers: John Ogdon (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

      • BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4089-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata in C minor, Op 30 No 2

    Performers: Josef Suk (violin), Jan Panenka (piano)

    • SUPRAPHON SU 4077-2.
  • Moritz Moszkowski

    Spanish Dances, Op 12 Nos 2, 4 and 5

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Ataulfo Argenta (conductor)

    • DECCA 475 7747.


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