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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Nigel Williams

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: My Violin Legends, with Pavel Sporcl and Petr Jirikovsky; Artist of the Week: Charles Munch; Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: My Violin Legends - Pavel Šporcl (violin) & Petr Jiríkovský (piano), SUPRAPHON SU41412. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30 - today: Originally Written For.

Artist of the Week: Charles Munch

Rob's guest this week is the novelist, screenwriter and playwright, Nigel Williams. Nigel's most successful work has been his script for the 2005 TV drama Elizabeth I (starring Helen Mirren), for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. His novels include the bestselling 'Wimbledon Trilogy' - The Wimbledon Poisoner, They Came from SW19 and East of Wimbledon - the first of which he adapted into a successful television film. He won a television BAFTA for his screen adaptation of William Horwood's Skallagrigg, and was the primary scriptwriter for the second season of Jim Henson's Storyteller series. As a playwright, Nigel has adapted William Golding's Lord of the Flies for the stage, and his first play, Class Enemy, has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Rob's Essential Choice
Symphony No. 1 'Winter Daydreams'
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Am Kamin

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Sony.
  • František Drdla


    Performer: Pavel Šporcl. Performer: Petr Jiříkovský.
    • Supraphon.
  • Johann Ludwig Bach

    Suite in G

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Archiv.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Swan of Tuonela (from Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22 No. 3)

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
    • Sony.
  • Anon.

    Today's Brainteaser - Originally Written For...?

  • Robert Schumann

    Manfred Overture

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 'Italian'

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    This is the record of John

    Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Choir: Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. Ensemble: Fretwork. Conductor: Bill Ives.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasy in C minor, K 475

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 1 'Winter Daydreams'

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasiestücke Op.12 - Warum? & Auschwung

    Performer: Klara Würtz (piano).

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Originally Written For


Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 'American', arranged for wind quintet.


The music played:


Dvorak (arr. David Walter)
String Quartet No.12 in F Op.96 ‘American’: Allegro ma non troppo 
Royal Flemish Philharmonic Wood Quintet


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