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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Sandi Toksvig

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Incarnation - Christmas Music; Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski; Broadcaster Sandi Toksvig; Rob's Essential Choice: Wagner: Siegfried Idyll.

Rob Cowan's guest this week is writer, presenter and comedian, Sandi Toksvig.
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Incarnation ? Christmas music ancient and modern, from the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh: SIGNUM, SIGCD346. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski.

Rob's guest this week is the writer, presenter and comedian, Sandi Toksvig. Sandi is a familiar voice for BBC Radio 4 listeners as the chair of The News Quiz and host of the travel programme Excess Baggage. She presents 1001 Things You Should Know for Channel 4, was team captain on Call My Bluff for many years, and has appeared on other panel shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Mock the Week, and QI. She has been a columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine for more than twenty years and for seven years wrote every week in The Sunday Telegraph. Her latest book on manners, Peas and Queues, was published earlier this year.

Rob's Essential Choice:
Siegfried Idyll
Berlin Philharmonic
Rafael Kubelik (conductor)
DG 478 5188.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐François Dandrieu

    Noels for Organ

    Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal.
    • Atma Classique.
  • Ferdinand Hérold

    Zampa: Overture

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Decca.
  • Jonathan Dove

    The Three Kings

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Signum.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Sonata in A, H135

    Performer: Danny Driver.
    • Hyperion.
  • anon


  • Richard Wagner

    The Flying Dutchman (Overture)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Naive.
  • anon


  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for cello and piano

    Performer: János Starker. Performer: György Sebök.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio, Part VI: Chorale 'Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen'

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv.
  • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Messe de minuit pour Noel

    Singer: Annick Massis. Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Singer: Eric Huchet. Singer: Patrick Henckens. Singer: Russell Smythe. Singer: Jean-Louis Bindi. Choir: Chœur des Musiciens du Louvre. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Decca.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia no.6 in E, BWV 792

    Performer: Simone Dinnerstein (piano).
    • SONY.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried Idyll

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp, Op. 53

    Performer: Igor Zhukov.
    • Melodiya.
  • Johann Strauss II


    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Richard Bonynge (conductor).
    • DECCA.


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