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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Piers Lane Goes to Town (Piers Lane: piano); Artist of the Week: Rafael Kubelik; Rob's Essential Choice: Brahms: String Quartet, Op 51 No 1.

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: What am I?

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
String Quartet, Op.51 No.1
Amadeus Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Moritz Moszkowski

    Spanish Dances Nos. 3 & 4

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta.
    • Decca.
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Colas Breugnon: Overture

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • John Ireland


    Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Hyperion.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • Decca.
  • Joseph-Hector Fiocco


    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: István Hajdu. Music Arranger: O'Neill.
    • Philips.
  • E.J. Moeran

    Lonely Waters (Two pieces for small orchestra)

    Singer: Ann Murray. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in E major, RV 269, 'Spring'

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Teldec.
  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin: Act III Prelude

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • EMI.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Sarka (Má vlast)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • Orfeo.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelles, Op.126 Nos 2-6

    Performer: Jill Crossland.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)

    Singer: Renata Tebaldi. Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 8 in B minor 'Unfinished': Andante

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni (Overture)

    Orchestra: La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Mozart Overtures.
    • DG.
    • 13.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Quartet in C minor, Op.51 No.1

    Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • DG.
  • William Alwyn

    In Search of the Castaways: suite

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Mark Heron.
    • NAXOS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake: suite

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • DECCA.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Who am I? Lohengrin, from Wagner's eponymous opera.


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