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Friday - 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: Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op 61.

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: Only Connect.

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
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Thomas Zehetmair (violin)
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Frans Brüggen (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1

    Performer: Sergei Nakariakov. Performer: Vera Nakariakova.
    • Teldec.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Grande valse brillante in E major

    Music Arranger: Igor Stravinsky. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • CBS.
  • Ferdinand Laub

    Saltarello, Op.4 no.4

    Performer: Pavel Šporcl. Performer: Petr Jiříkovský.
    • Supraphon.
  • Johann Baptist Vanhal

    Symphony in C

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • Teldec.
  • Bach

    Prelude in E flat minor BWV853

    Performer: Pierre Hantai (harpsichord).
    • MIRARE.
  • anon

    Only Connect

  • Hector Berlioz

    Beatrice et Benedict: Overture

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

    Only Connect

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C, K.545 'Facile'

    Performer: Karl Engel.
    • Warner.
  • Edward Elgar

    Wand of Youth, Suite No. 2: The Tame Bear; The Wild Bears

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera.
    • Argo.
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali


    Performer: London Baroque.
    • BIS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 8 in B minor 'Unfinished'

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • Christian Sinding

    Rustle of Spring Op.32

    Performer: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Bengt Engeset (conductor).
    • NAXOS.
  • Henry Purcell

    Your hay it is mow'd (King Arthur)

    Singer: Paul Elliott. Singer: Ashley Stafford. Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Erato.
  • Claude Debussy

    La cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • Onyx.
  • Marin Marais

    La sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in C Op.7 No.5

    Performer: Marjan Kiepura (piano).
    • PATRIA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61

    Performer: Thomas Zehetmair. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • Philips.
  • Padre Antonio Soler

    Sonata in C minor

    Performer: Marie-Luise Hinrichs (piano).
    • WARNER.
  • Tchaikovsky (arr Gordon Jenkins)

    None but the Lonely Heart

    Performer: Frank Sinatra. Performer: Gordon Jenkins (conductor).
    • CAPITOL.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Only Connect


The connection was Bears.


The music played:

"The Wild Bears" (final mvmt Wand of Youth Suite no 2)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor)


Opening of the last movement of Symphony 82 "The Bear"
Bruno Weil (conductor)


“I was a constant, faithful wife” from The Bear
Della Jones (soprano)
Northern Sinfonia
Richard Hickox (conductor)


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