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Wednesday - 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; Rob's Essential Choice: Brahms: Handel Variations.

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

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
Handel Variations, Op. 24
Gerhard Oppitz (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Eight Instrumental Miniatures: Tempo di Marcia

    Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • Music Masters.
  • Josef Suk

    Fantastic Scherzo, Op. 25

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Naxos.
  • Jan Kubelík


    Performer: Pavel Šporcl. Performer: Petr Jiříkovský.
    • Supraphon.
  • Francisco Guerrero

    Maria Magdalene

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • anon

    Brainteaser Puzzle

  • Richard Wagner

    Magic Fire Music (Die Walküre)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • anon

    Brainteaser Puzzle

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Andante spianato & Grand Polonaise, Op. 22

    Performer: Gary Graffman.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Litanie de venerabili altaris Sacremento KV243 - Kyrie

    Performer: Kaia Urb (soprano). Performer: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Performer: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Tonu Kaljuste (conductor).
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloe: Part I

    Conductor: Charles Munch. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Choir: New England Conservatory Chorus & Alumni Chorus.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Elijah: "It is enough"

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Return, oh God of Hosts (Samson)

    Singer: Catherine Wyn‐Rogers. Choir: The Sixteen. Orchestra: Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • William Byrd

    The Queenes Alman

    Performer: Christopher Hogwood (virginal).
  • Johannes Brahms

    Handel Variations, Op. 24

    Performer: Gerhard Oppitz.
    • RCA.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Fantasy on themes from La Forza del Destino

    Performer: Volker Reinhold. Performer: Ralph Zedler.
    • MDG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8 in c minor

    Performer: Combattimento. Performer: Jan Willem de Vriend (director).
  • Billy Mayerl

    Railroad Rhythm

    Performer: Billy Mayerl (piano).
    • SOMM.

Today's Brainteaser Answer



Spot the composers of the three works, rearrange the first letters of the three surnames and discover the initials of another famous composer.


ANSWER: W.A.M. - W.A.Mozart

The music played:


Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
PHILIPS 468187 2     


Short Ride in a Fast Machine
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Simon Rattle (conductor)
EMI CDC  555051 2  


Crown Imperial
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)
EMI CDM 565 584 2 


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