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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Homage to Pavlova; Brainteaser; Artist of the Week: Quartetto Italiano; Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.

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 - What am I?

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

Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hans Christian Lumbye

    Salut for August Bournonville

    Orchestra: Sjællands Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi.
    • NAXOS.
  • Friedrich Kuhlau

    The Robbers' Castle (Overture)

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.
    • Chandos.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 6 in F major, KV.43

    Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • Dacapo.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A minor Op.68 No.2

    Performer: Marjan Kiepura (piano).
    • PATRIA.
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

    The Seasons: December

    Music Arranger: Douglas Gamley. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Jaromír Weinberger

    Etude in G

    Performer: Jonathan Plowright.
    • Hyperion.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon duodecimi toni à 8 (Sacrae symphoniae, 1597)

    Ensemble: Oltremontano. Director: Wim Becu.
    • Accent.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Prague Carnival

    Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Chandos.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op. 59 No. 3

    Performer: Shura Cherkassky.
    • Wigmore Hall Live.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No 13 in A minor, D 804, 'Rosamunde'

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • Philips.
  • Aaron Copland

    Appalachian Spring (excerpts)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Decca.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes, Act III sc. 2 "Grimes!... Steady. There you are. Nearly home"

    Singer: Peter Pears. Singer: Claire Watson. Choir: Royal Opera House Chorus. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Decca.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Pure Natus in Bethlehem BuxWV217

    Performer: Bernard Foccroulle (organ).
    • RICECAR.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Marsch from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis & other orchestral works.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6-9.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    3 Pieces from hary Janos - Intermezzo

    Performer: Andor Foldes (piano).
    • JECKLIN.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 53

    Performer: Nathan Milstein. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William Steinberg.
    • EMI.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Where am I? Wigmore Hall.


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