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Monday - Rob Cowan with John Sergeant

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Inspirales - Hillel Zori (cello), Arnon Erez (piano); Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini; Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: 'Inspirales' ? Hillel Zori (cello) and Arnon Erez (piano), CELLO CLASSICS CC1030. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

10am
Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini

10.30am
Rob's guest this week is the television and radio journalist and broadcaster, John Sergeant. John has worked as a war reporter in Vietnam and Israel, and has presented BBC Radio 4 programmes Today and The World at One. From 1992-2000 he served as the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent, and then became the Political Editor of ITN. One of his most memorable moments was when he waited outside the British embassy in Paris for Mrs Thatcher, in the hope of hearing her reaction to the first ballot in the party leadership contest of 1990, only to be pushed aside by her press secretary when Thatcher emerged from the building. For this broadcast, he won the British Press Guild award for the most memorable broadcast of the year. After retirement from political journalism, John's appearances on programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Have I Got News for You have made him a sought-after participant in television comedy and satire shows. He is currently filming a new documentary in which he explores Indian railways.

11am
Monteverdi
The Coronation of Poppea
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks (Pictures at an Exhibition)

    Performer: Vladimir Feltsman.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival overture (Op.92)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • DECCA.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmeniana

    Performer: Hillel Zori. Music Arranger: Hillel Zori. Performer: Arnon Erez.
    • CELLO CLASSICS.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon IV à 6 (Symphoniae sacrae, 1615)

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Director: Philip Jones.
    • DECCA ELOQUENCE.
  • anon.

    Today's Brainteaser: Place that Piece

    Orchestra: anon..
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Oboe Quartet, K.370

    Performer: Fumiaki Miyamoto. Ensemble: Mannheim String Quartet.
    • NOVALIS.
  • William Walton

    Spitfire Prelude and Fugue

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: William Walton.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major, Op.61

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Gustav Holst

    Hammersmith, Op 52

    Ensemble: Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Conductor: Wing Commander J.L. Wallace.
    • Holst: The Collector's Edition.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 13-14.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Herr, unser Herrscher (St John Passion, BWV 245)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv.
  • John Adams

    News has a kind of mystery (Nixon in China)

    Singer: James Maddelena. Singer: Sanford Sylvan. Singer: Thomas Hammons. Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelles, Op.119 Nos 3-5

    Performer: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • TELDEC.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L'Incoronazione di Poppea (conclusion)

    Singer: Emanuela Galli. Singer: Roberta Mameli. Singer: Alena Dantcheva. Singer: Romina Tomasoni. Singer: Francesca Cassinari. Singer: Pamela Lucciarini. Singer: Xenia Meijer. Singer: Claudio Cavina. Orchestra: La Venexiana. Conductor: Claudio Cavina.
    • Glossa.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Laudate Dominum (Solemn Vespers, K.399)

    Performer: Rachel Harnish. Performer: Rachel Harnish. Choir: Swedish Radio Chorus. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Max Reger

    Four Tone Poems after Boecklin, Op.128

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leon Botstein.
    • TELARC.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dances Nos.9-12

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Place that Piece

The place was: Portsmouth Point, as inspired by a sketch by the 18th artist and caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson.

The music played:

Walton
Portsmouth Point Overture
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Boult (conductor)
WARNER 0192702

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