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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Essential CD of the Week: Piers Lane Goes to Town (Piers Lane: piano); Artist of the Week: Rafael Kubelik; Rob's Essential Choice: Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata.

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: Back to the Beginning

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
Arpeggione Sonata, D.821
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Benjamin Britten (piano)

Also in this hour, Lucky Dip: today Rob dips into his CD collection and offers a tantalising glimpse of a lost musical world. Expect the unexpected!

3 hours

Music Played

  • anon

    Back to the Beginning

    Conductor: anon.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Back to the Beginning: Brainteaser Answer - Symphony No. 40

    Conductor: anon.
  • Anthony Doheny

    Toccata for Piers Lane

    Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Hyperion.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    1812 Overture

    Ensemble: The Band of the Grenadier Guards. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 41in C major 'Jupiter'

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • CBS.
  • Roy Harris

    Symphony No. 6

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Barcarolle, Op. 108

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz. Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet.
    • Naxos.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William Steinberg.
    • Holst: The Planets / Ligeti: Lux aeterna.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Overture: Leonore No. 3, Op. 72a

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • EMI.
  • Michael Praetorius

    3 Courantes from "Terpsichore", nos 150, 179 & 48

    Ensemble: New London Consort. Director: Philip Pickett.
    • Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore, 1612: New London Consort, Pickett.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 12.
  • Franz Schubert

    Arpeggione Sonata, D.821 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: Benjamin Britten.
    • Decca.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Musette (King Christian II)

    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste.
    • RCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Solomon: "Will the Sun forget to streak"

    Singer: Carolyn Watkinson. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Concertino in E flat major, Op 26

    Performer: Maximiliano Martín. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Janiczek.
    • Linn.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Back to the Beginning

The music played:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550
English Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)


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