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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Sandi Toksvig

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Incarnation - Christmas Music; Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski; Sandi Toksvig; Rob's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Act 1).

Rob Cowan's guest this week is writer, presenter and comedian, Sandi Toksvig.
9am
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.

10am
Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski.

10.30am
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.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice:
Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act 1
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Doráti (conductor)
DECCA 442 5622.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Leroy Anderson

    Bugler's Holiday

    Orchestra: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Orphee et Eurydice: Act II - Air des Furies

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

    This Endere Nyghth I saw a Syghth

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Signum.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccio Italien, Op 45

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • Decca.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Les fées du Rhin (Grand valse)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Spiegel im Spiegel (version 2, for two pianos)

    Ensemble: Jeroen and Sandra van Veen.
    • Brilliant Classics.
  • Amilcare Ponchielli

    Paolo e Virginia

    Performer: Sharon Kam. Orchestra: Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn. Conductor: Ruben Gazarian.
    • Berlin Classics.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II - 'Chocolate', Spanish Dance

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Armide: Act II, scenes 4-5

    Singer: Valerie Gabail. Singer: Sandrine Rondot. Singer: Myriam Sosson. Singer: Jerry Gregoire. Singer: Jean-Christope Hurtaud. Singer: Marcus Loureiro de Sak. Singer: Nicole Heaston. Singer: Mireille Delunsch. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Escales

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • Sony.
  • Georges Bizet

    Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre; Toréador, en garde (Carmen)

    Singer: Sherrill Milnes. Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Amy Beach

    Symphony in E minor 'Gaelic', Op 32 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in C, op.24 no.2

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

    The Nutcracker: Act I

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • György Ligeti

    Concert Romanesc

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jonathan Nott.
    • Teldec.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Tango, op.165 no.2

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux (violin). Performer: Istvan Hajdu (piano).
    • PHILIPS.

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