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Monday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Piers Lane Goes to Town (Piers Lane: piano); Artist of the Week: Rafael Kubelik; Amanda Foreman; Britten: The Turn of the Screw.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Piers Lane Goes to Town featuring Piers Lane (pianist). Also, at 9:30am, our brainteaser: Who's Dancing?

10am
Artist of the Week: Rafael Kubelik

10.30am
In the week marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Rob's guest is the doctor of 18th-century British History and author of historical novels, Amanda Foreman. Her book, 'A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided', traces turbulent Anglo-American relations during the American Civil War. She has compared the task with writing a symphony. Amanda's the daughter of Carl Foreman, the Oscar-winning screen writer of many film classics including, The Bridge on the River Kwai, High Noon, and The Guns of Navarone. She divides her time between London and New York and has served as judge on almost every major literary prize including the Man Booker and the National Book Award. Her book 'Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire' won the Whitbread Prize and has inspired a television documentary, a radio play starting Dame Judi Dench; and the recent movie 'The Duchess', staring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

11am
Britten
The Turn of the Screw
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Traditional

    The Irish Washerwoman

    Orchestra: Robert Farnon & His Orchestra.
    • Vocalion.
  • Sigfrid Karg-Elert

    Arabesque No 1 in G flat major, Op 5, 'Filigran'

    Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Hyperion.
  • Richard Wagner

    Rienzi: Overture

    Orchestra: Netherlands Philhamonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Pentatone.
  • Frederick Delius

    The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Music Arranger: Thomas Beecham. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Today's Brainteaser - What is Dancing?

  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 11

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • L'OISEAU LYRE.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Dance of the Reed-Pipes; Mother Goose)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Brilliant Classics.
  • Leos Janáček

    Sinfonietta

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan (Carnivals of the Animals)

    Music Arranger: Leopold Godowsky. Performer: Shura Cherkassky.
    • FIRST-HAND RECORDS REMASTERS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Amor Hai Vinto, RV 651

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Performer: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in E flat major, D 899 No 2

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
    • EMI.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op 117 No 2

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • DECCA.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Turn of the Screw, Act II (excerpt)

    Singer: Ian Bostridge. Singer: Joan Rodgers. Singer: Julian Leang. Singer: Caroline Wise. Singer: Vivian Tierney. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • Virgin.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in D, Op.64 No.5 'The Lark'

    Performer: Smetana Quartet.
    • TESTAMENT.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No.2

    Performer: Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Performer: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Dance of the Young Maidens (Gayane)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • SONY.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

What's Dancing? Chocolate, Coffee, Tea and a Candy Cane, from Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.

The music played:

Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker, Act II:
Chocolate: Spanish Dance  
Coffee: Arabian Dance  
Tea: Chinese Dance   
Candy Cane: Trepak - Russian Dance 
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Ernest Ansermet (conductor)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94031 

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