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Tuesday - 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; Rob's Essential Choice: Haydn: Symphony No 55.

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 Singing?

Artist of the Week: Rafael Kubelik

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.

Rob's Essential Choice
Symphony No.55 'The Schoolmaster'
Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edward MacDowell

    To a wild rose (Ten Woodland Sketches)

    Performer: Dame Moura Lympany.
    • Best-Loved Piano Classics: Lympany.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Juan Arañés

    Un sarao de la chacona

    Ensemble: Piffaro. Director: Joan Kimball. Director: Robert Wiemken.
    • Archiv.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Sonata TWV 42:d10 for recorder, violins and continuo

    Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa.
    • MDG.
  • Robert Keane

    The Tiger Tango (Save the Animals Suite)

    Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Hyperion.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Soir de fête, Op 32

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
  • anon

    Who's Singing?

    Conductor: anon.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Norfolk Rhapsody No.1

    Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dances: Op. 46 No. 1; Op. 72 Nos. 8 & 5

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Art of Fuguing: Movements 5 & 8

    Ensemble: Ensemble of Los Angeles musicians. Conductor: Lukas Foss. Music Arranger: William F. Malloch.
    • Sheffield Lab.
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch

    Sonata for two oboes and basson in G minor

    Performer: Burkhard Glaetzner. Performer: Ingo Goritzki. Performer: Thomas Reinhardt. Performer: Siegfried Pank. Performer: Achim Beyer. Performer: Christine Schornsheim.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fidelio, Act I: "O welche Lust"

    Choir: Arnold Schoenberg Chor. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Decca.
  • Richard Jones

    Set of Lessons for the Harpsichord, London, 1732: 4th Set in A minor (excerpts)

    Performer: Mitzi Meyerson.
    • Glossa.
  • Julius Fucik

    Einzug der Gladiatoren, Op 68

    Conductor: Libor Pešek. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Smetana: The Moldau; RLPO, Libor Pesek.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 12.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 55 'Schoolmaster'

    Orchestra: Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Decca.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Symphonie espagnole

    Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Performer: Sir Eugene Goossens.
    • EMI.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Who's Singing? Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill, in the duet from Bizet's opera The Pearl Fishers.

The music played:

“Au fond du temple saint” (The Pearl Fishers)
Jussi Bjorling (tenor)
Robert Merrill (baritone)
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Renato Cellini (conductor)
RCA  GD87799 


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