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Wednesday - Rob Cowan: Sound of Cinema

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Old Czech Marches and Dances; harpsichordist Ton Koopman; composer Debbie Wiseman; Sound of Cinema with Neil Brand: Rozsa: Violin Concerto.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Old Czech Marches and Dances with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vaclav Neumann; and at 9.30 our brainteaser - Back to the Beginning.

Artist of the Week: Harpsichordist, organist and conductor Ton Koopman


Rob's guest this week is the film and television composer Debbie Wiseman. Debbie's film and television credits include more than 200 titles, such as Judge John Deed, The Land Girls, Tom's Midnight Garden, and Wilde. In 2008 she composed a new "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" called "Different Voices", and her album of music to accompany Oscar Wilde's fairy stories, Wilde Stories, was nominated for a Grammy Award and later made into a trilogy of animated films for Channel 4. In 2004, Debbie was awarded an MBE for services to the music and film industry.

Sound of Cinema with Neil Brand, who introduces his personal choice of Music that made the Movies:

Rozsa: Violin Concerto

Also in this hour, Lucky Dip: Rob dips into his CD collection and shares a piece - it could be a recent discovery, an old favourite, or simply something that just has to be heard. Expect the unexpected!

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    As You Like It: A Poem for Orchestra after Shakespeare: Prelude

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Chandos.
  • Ernest Chausson


    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Decca.
  • Pospisil Karel

    Bai - Kai - Lai

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
    • Supraphon.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    3 Mazurkas, Op. 67

    Performer: Romain Herve.
    • Saphir.
  • anon

    Back to the Beginning

    Performer: anon.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Egmont Overture, Op. 84

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
    • Testament.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata in D minor

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • Archiv.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Brainteaser Answer - Piano Concerto, Op. 16: Allegro molto moderato

    Performer: Lars Vogt. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces - Album-Leaf Op.47 No.2; Melodie Op.47 No.3

    Performer: Emil Gilels (piano).
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 98 in B flat, Hob. I:98

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • Challenge Classics.
  • John Dowland

    Mrs Norrish's Delight (The Marsh Lute Book)

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg (lute).
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: III. Finale: Allegro assai vivace

    Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Gil Shaham.
    • Barber: Violin Concerto / Korngold: Violin Concerto / Much Ado About Nothing Sui.
    • DG.
    • 6.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer

  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture to Sigismondo

    Performer: Prague Sinfonia Orchestra. Performer: Christina Benda (conductor).
    • NAXOS.
  • Miklós Rózsa

    Violin Concerto

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Walter Hendl.
    • RCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Canon in Hypodiatesseron al roversio e per augmentationem, perpetuus

    Performer: Pieter Dirksen.
    • Etcetera.
  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein (piano). Performer: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Alfred Wallenstein (conductor).
    • SONY.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Back to the Beginning. The excerpt played in reverse was the opening of Grieg's Piano Concerto.

The music played:


Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Lars Vogt (piano)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI CDC 7547462


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