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Thursday - 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: Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 6.

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
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 in E minor
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Boult (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Paul Hindemith

    Piano Sonata No. 3: II. Sehr lebhaft

    Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

    • CBSCD45689.
  • Herold

    Zampa Overture

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Havanaise, Op. 83

    Performers: Kyung Wha-Chung (violin), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit (conductor)

    • DECCA 425 021-2.
  • 9.20: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Litolff

      Scherzo (from the Concerto Symphonique in D minor, Op. 102)

      Performers: Shura Cherkassky (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      • GUILD GHCD 2393.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Where am I?

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

  • 9.31: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Overture to Cosi fan tutte

      Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 763619-2.
  • Frederick Delius

    Irmelin Prelude

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

    • EMI CDC 747984-2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Three Shakespeare Songs

    Performers: Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN9425.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Serenade in G, K.525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)

      Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI CDM 567334-2.
  • Robert Schumann

    Romances, Op 94

    Performers: Christian Ferras (violin), Pierre Barbizet (piano)

    • BRILLIANT 93791.
  • 10.30: David Mitchell's Choices

    • Leo Brouwer

      Un Dia de Noviembre

      Performers: Milos Karadaglic (guitar)

      • DG 4791421.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Norma: 'Casta Diva'

    Performers: Maria Callas (Norma - soprano), Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Tullio Serafin (conductor)

    • EMI CDM7644192.
  • Toru Takemitsu


    Performers: Robert Aitken (flute)

    • NAXOS 8.555859.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Brooklet, Op 62 No 4

    Performers: Emil Gilels (piano)

    • DG 449 721-2.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Symphony No. 6 in E minor

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

      • CARLTON CLASSICS 15656 91642.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 83 in G minor (The Hen)

    Performers: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet (conductor)

    • DECCA 470 062-2.


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