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Friday - 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: Schubert: Mass in E flat.

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:

Mass in E flat
Helen Donath (soprano)
Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo-soprano)
Francisco Araiza (tenor)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • anon

    Only Connect

  • anon

    Only Connect

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV870 (Well-tempered Clavier, Book 2)

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • WARNER.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride: Furiant

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
    • Supraphon.
  • Various Artists

    Villoldo - El Choclo; Greco - La Viruta

    Orchestra: Carlos di Sarli Orchestra. Orchestra: Alfredo Gobbi Orchestra.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for recorder, oboe, violin, bassoon & b.c., RV 105

    Ensemble: Collegium Pro Musica.
  • Franz Schubert

    Mass in E flat, D.950

    Singer: Helen Donath. Singer: Brigitte Fassbaender. Singer: Francisco Araiza. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise: Gefror'ne; Erstarrung; Der Leiermann

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Orfeo.
  • Sir Hamilton Harty

    In Ireland

    Performer: Colin Fleming. Performer: Denice Kelly. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Friedrich Kuhlau

    Roverborgen, Overture

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.
    • Kuhlau:Overtures: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Schwonwandt.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 7, K.45

    Orchestra: Pražský komorní orchestr. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Telarc.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphonic Etudes, Op.13

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
  • Jean Sibelius

    At the Castle Gate (Pelleas and Melisande suite)

    Conductor: John Barbirolli. Orchestra: Hallé.
  • Various Artists

    Stutschewsky - Dance Orientale; Rostropovich - Humoresque

    Performer: Hillel Zori. Performer: Arnon Erez.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

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The music played was:


Entr'acte (Pelleas and Melisande, incidental music)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi (conductor)




Il fait sombre dans les jardins (part of Act 1 Scene 3 of his opera,Pelleas et Melisande)

Melisande -Colette Alliot-Lugaz (soprano)

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

DECCA 430 502 2



Sicilienne (Pelleas et Melisande, incidental music)

Susan Palma-Nidel (flute)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

DG 4596732




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