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Thursday - Rob Cowan with John Sergeant

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Inspirales - Hillel Zori (cello), Arnon Erez (piano); Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini; Essential Choice: Bach: Wachet auf, ruft und die Stimme.

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:

Wachet auf, ruft und die Stimme, BWV 140
Edith Mathis (soprano)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Munich Bach Choir
Munich Bach Orchestra
Karl Richter (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anonymous

    Bouree d'Avignonez

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Various Artists

    Tortelier - Serenade; Piatti - Tarantella

    Performer: Hillel Zori. Performer: Arnon Erez.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Hebrides, Op 26

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • Hyperion.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Lauda anima mea, BuxWV 67

    Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé. Director: William Dongois.
    • Accent.
  • Jaime Texidor

    Amparita Roca

    Orchestra: The Band of the Coldstream Guards. Conductor: Major Roger G. Swift.
    • REGIS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in B flat major, Op 103

    Ensemble: Weller Quartet.
    • Decca.
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière

    Holiday at Ferghana, Op 75

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Serse: "Frondi tenere... Ombra ma fu"

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.111

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Performer: Peter Hill.
    • Naxos.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Abschied (Das Lied von der Erde)

    Singer: Christa Ludwig. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • EMI.
  • Martinu


    Performer: Jonathan Plowright (piano).
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140

    Singer: Edith Mathis. Singer: Peter Schreier. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Choir: Munich Bach Choir. Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Richter.
    • Archiv.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Three Movements from Petrushka

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Solveig's Song (Peer Gynt)

    Performer: Lucia Popp (soprano). Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • EMI.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

What am I?  A plane tree


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