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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with John Sergeant

With Rob Cowan. Essential CD of the Week: Inspirales - Hillel Zori (cello), Arnon Erez (piano); Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini; Essential Choice: Mozart: Coronation Mass.

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.

Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini

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.

Rob's Essential Choice:

Coronation Mass, K.317
Maria Stader (soprano), Oralia Dominguez (mezzo), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Michel Roux (baritone)
Elisabeth Brasseur Choir
Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris
Igor Markevitch (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No.3 in A minor

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • DECCA.
  • anon.

    Today's Brainteaser: Back to the Beginning

  • anon.

    Today's Brainteaser: Back to the Beginning

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No. 12 (conclusion)

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Virgin.
  • Gaspar Cassadó

    Dance of the Green Devil

    Performer: Hillel Zori. Performer: Arnon Erez.
  • Alphons Diepenbrock

    Overture: De Vogels (The Birds)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
  • Grigoras Dinicu

    Hora Staccato

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Captive Queen, Op.48

    Choir: Dominante Choir. Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Great Suite in G minor, HWV432

    Performer: Richard Egarr.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March No.3

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in G flat major, Op 10 No 5, 'Black key'

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude Op.25 No.7 in C sharp minor

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Kenneth J.Alford


    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Mass in C major, K.317 'Coronation Mass'

    Singer: Maria Stader. Singer: Oralia Dominguez. Singer: Ernst Haefliger. Singer: Michel Roux. Choir: Elizabeth Brasseur Choir. Orchestra: Orchestre Lamoureux. Conductor: Igor Markevitch.
    • DG.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata, Act I (opening)

    Singer: Renata Scotto. Singer: Gianni Raimondi. Singer: Giuliana Tavolaccini. Singer: Giuseppe Morresi. Singer: Franco Ricciardi. Singer: Silvio Maionica. Singer: Virgilio Carbonari. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Antonino Votto.
    • DG.
  • William Wigthorpe


    Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Conductor: William Lyons.
    • Flower of Cities All - Music in London 1580-1620.
    • 15.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

The piece was:    


Hora Staccato         

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




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