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Thursday - 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: Janacek: String Quartet No 1.

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
String Quartet No. 1 'The Kreutzer Sonata'
Hagen Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon)

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Teldec.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondo in G minor, Op 94

    Performer: Sol Gabetta. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Mario Venzago.
    • RCA.
  • František Ondříček

    Barcarole, Op 10

    Performer: Pavel Šporcl. Performer: Petr Jiříkovský.
    • Supraphon.
  • Johann Rosenmüller

    Sinfonia Prima

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Astree.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Capriccio Brillant for piano and orchestra in B minor, Op. 22

    Performer: Gary Graffman. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture (Suite) in G major, TWV 55:G4 - Schweden

    Orchestra: Musica Fiorita. Director: Daniela Dolci.
    • Pan Classics.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto in C for trumpet and organ

    Ensemble: Empire Brass.
    • Telarc.
  • Joseph Haydn

    5 Variations in D Hob XVII:7

    Performer: Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord).
  • William, Sir Walton

    Cello Concerto

    Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG.
  • Béla Bartók

    Bagpipe Music

    Performer: Empire Brass.
    • TELARC.
  • Leos Janáček

    String Quartet No 1, 'The Kreutzer Sonata' (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor).
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 93 in D, Hob. I:93

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: George Szell.
    • Sony.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

What am I?


Haydn’s `Farewell’ Symphony, written on behalf of the Eszterhaza court orchestra to protest against their over-long deployment at the isolated palace.


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