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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Homage to Pavlova; Brainteaser: Critic's Corner. Artist of the Week: Quartetto Italiano; Rob's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Act 2).

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 - Only Connect

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

Nutcracker ? Act II
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Leos Janáček

    The Saws (Lachian Dances)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
    • Supraphon.
  • Anton Rubinstein

    Danses des fiancées de Cachemir (Feramors)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Ouverture jointe d'une suite tragi-comique, TWV 55 D22

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Mercadante

    Virginia 'Icilio... lo t'amo'

    Performer: Simone Kermes (soprano). Performer: Concerto Köln. Performer: Christoph Mueller (conductor).
    • SONY.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    String Quartet in G major, Op 44 No 4, 'La tirana spagnola'

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • ICA Classics.
  • anon

    Only Connect

  • Henry Litolff

    Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in D minor, Op. 102: Scherzo

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
    • EMI.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fairest isle (King Arthur)

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Erato.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quartet No. 16 in E flat, K.428

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • Philips.
  • Thomas Arne

    Alfred (Vengeance, O come inspire me!)

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Hyperion.
  • Trad

    Till, till tove

    Ensemble: Trio Mediæval. Music Arranger: Tone Krohn.
    • ECM.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Le Roi d'Ys - Overture

    Performer: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Performer: Ernest Ansermet (conductor).
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker: Act II

    Conductor: Antal Doráti. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.39 in G minor

    Performer: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Dennis Russell Davies (conductor).
    • SONY.

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Only Connect: the connection was Kings.

The music played:

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Fairest Isle (King Arthur, Act V)

Veronique Gens (soprano)

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (director)

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King of the Stars

Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

DG 471 197 2                                     



Erlkönig (The Erl-king)

Bryn Terfel (baritone)

Malcolm Martineau (piano)

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