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Friday - Rob Cowan: Sound of Cinema

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Old Czech Marches and Dances; Ton Koopman; composer Debbie Wiseman; Sound of Cinema with Neil Brand: Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antarctica.

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 - Only Connect.

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:

Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antarctica.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arthur Benjamin

    An Ideal Husband: Hyde Park Galop

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    La boutique fantasque (Nocturne; Galop)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in E flat, WoO 38

    Performer: Pinchas Zukerman. Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Performer: Jacqueline du Pré.
    • EMI.
  • Various Artists

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hebrides Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • EMI.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Trio Sonata in G major, Op 1 No 2, BuxWV 253

    Performer: Ton Koopman. Performer: Catherine Manson. Performer: Paolo Pandolfo.
    • Challenge Classics.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Gayaneh: Gayaneh's Adagio

    Performer: Khachaturian, Aram Ilich / Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich.
    • Spartacus / Gayaneh / The Seasons.
    • 008.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Cello Concerto in D, G.476

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces - Ballade Op.65

    Performer: Mie Miki (accordian).
    • BIS.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Hansel und Gretel: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Constantin Silvestri.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Horovitz

    String Quartet No 5

    Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
    • Carducci Classics.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Symphony No. 4: Finale

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Martin Turnovský.
    • Supraphon.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude No.22 in G minor Op.28

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini (piano).
    • DG.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Scott of the Antarctic: Suite from the music for the film

    Singer: Merryn Gamba. Choir: Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. Performer: John Scott. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
  • Ermanno Wolf‐Ferrari

    Overture to La dama boba

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Sir Neville Marriner (conductor).
    • EMI.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Only Connect: the connection was that all the pieces played featured in Stanley Kubrick's film '2001: A Space Odyssey'.


The music played:


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Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: I. Einleitung (Sonnenaufgang)

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

DECCA 448 815 2              



Gayane’s Adagio

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Gennadi Rozdhestvensky (conductor)

MGM CDP 7933022                        


Johann Strauss Jr.

An Der Schönen Blauen Donau

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Riccardo Muti (conductor)

EMI CMS 567 323 2                       


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