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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: The Last Night of the Proms; Proms Artist Recommends: Sakari Oramo; Rob's Essential Choice: Purcell: Abdelazar Suite.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: The Last Night of the Proms, GUILD, and at 9.30 our daily brainteaser.

A new feature for the 2013 Proms Season: 'Proms Artist Recommends'.
An artist performing later today in the BBC Proms recommends three musical works, and on Essential Classics we'll play one of those pieces around 10am.

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
Purcell: Abdelazar Suite
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Malcolm Arnold (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Abdelazar Suite

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    La Clemenza di Tito: Overture (arr. Josef Triebensee)

    Performers: Budapest Wind Ensemble, Kalman Berkes (director and clarinet)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI QUI 903008.
  • 9.03: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Edward Elgar

      Pomp and Circumstance March, Op. 39 No. 1

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      • GUILD GHCD 2393.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Pictures

    Performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.557433.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

    • EMI CDC557159-2.
  • 9.30am

    • Today's Brainteaser

      Only Connect

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

  • 9.32: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      Oberon: Overture

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • EMI 404309-2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Le capricieuse, Op. 17 (arr. Julian Milone)

    Performers: Natalie Clein (cello), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

    • EMI 501409-2.
  • 10am: Proms Artist Recommends: Sakari Oramo's Recommendation

    • Jean Sibelius

      Scenes historiques, Suite No 1

      Performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund (conductor)

      • EMI 574485-2.
  • Zelenka


    Performers: Camerata Bern

    • ARCHIV 423 703-2.
  • 10.30: David Mitchell's Choices

    • Ryuichi Sakamoto

      Energy Flow

      Performers: Ryuichi Sakamoto (piano)

      • SONY SK 89079.
  • Rautavaara

    Symphony No. 6 'Vincentiana': IV Apotheosis

    Performers: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Max Pommer (conductor)

    • ONDINE ODE 819-2.
  • Gustav Holst

    Song of the Night, Op 19

    Performers: Lesley Hatfield (violin), Northern Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10725X.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Henry Purcell

      Abdelazar Suite

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Arnold (conductor)

  • 11.12: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

      Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      • DG 435 327-2.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    At the Sea, Concert Study in G sharp minor

    Performers: Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

    • EMI 341682-2.


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