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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Essential CD of the Week: Homage to Pavlova; Brainteaser: Critic's Corner. Artist of the Week: Quartetto Italiano; Rob's Essential Choice: Bloch: Poeme mystique.

With Rob Cowan and his guest Alex Jennings

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: 'Homage To Pavlova' with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge. Also, at 9:30am, our daily brainteaser - Critic's Corner

Artist of the Week: Quartetto Italiano

With Radio 3 having just marked Benjamin Britten's centenary, our guest on Essential Classics is acclaimed actor Alex Jennings. He has a particular insight into the life of Britten, having played him on stage at the National Theatre in Alan Bennett's play, The Habit of Art. Alex Jennings has played many other leading roles in productions at the National Theatre, as well as at the RSC. He has also performed in Bernstein's Candide at the English National Opera and won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Demonstrating his versatility, he has won two other Oliver awards for roles in the Russian comedy Too Clever by Half and Ibsen's Peer Gynt. His TV appearances include The State Within, Inspector Morse, Silk, Spooks and The Inspector Alleyn Myteries, whilst his film roles include Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and The Queen, in which he played Prince Charles.

Rob's Essential Choice

Poème mystique
Midori (violin)
Ozgür Aydin (piano)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996 (Bourrée)

    Performer: Luigi Attademo.
    • Brilliant Classics.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Love in Bath: The Quarrel; The Pump Room; The Plot; The Exquisites

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Music Arranger: Beecham, Sir Thomas. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    12 Variations on 'See the conqu'ring hero comes' from Handel's Judas Maccabeus

    Performer: Antônio Meneses. Performer: Menahem Pressler.
    • AVIE.
  • Léo Delibes

    Naila: Intermezzo

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in F major Op.6`9

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Giuseppe Sarti

    Now the powers of heaven

    Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    From Darkness to Light, Op 53

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka.
    • BIS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 3

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • Philips.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Inveni David

    Performer: Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Performer: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Brass Ensemble. Performer: Duncan Ferguson (conductor).
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich habe genug (Cantata No 82)

    Singer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Orchestra: Orchestra of Emmanuel Music. Conductor: Craig Smith.
  • Cole Porter

    I love Paris

    Singer: Darlene Edwards. Performer: Jonathan Edwards.
    • Acrobat.
  • Aaron Copland

    There came a wind like a bugle; Why do they shut me out of Heaven?

    Singer: Susan Chilcott. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • Opus Arte.
  • Josef Strauss

    Frauenherz Polka Op.166

    Performer: Vienna Philharmonic. Performer: Willi Boskovsky (conductor).
    • DECCA.
  • Ernest Bloch

    Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano 'Poeme mystique'

    Performer: Midori. Performer: Ozgur Aydin.
    • Onyx.
  • Grieg (arr Miki)

    Lyric Pieces Op.47 No.4 Halling; Op.17 No.2 The Swain

    Performer: Mie Miki (accordian).
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • Warner.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Critics' Corner. The writer was the Russian composer, Alexander Glazunov.


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