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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Bill Oddie

With Rob Cowan. A selection of music, including Bach - Mihaela Ursuleasa and Romanian Rhapsody; Artist of the Week: Antal Dorati; Bill Oddie; Schumann: Violin Concerto.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Bach - Mihaela Ursuleasa - Romanian Rhapsody BERLIN CLASSICS 16642BC. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Antal Dorati.

This week marks the 125th anniversary of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), and Rob's guest is the wildlife presenter, writer, musician and conservationist, Bill Oddie. Bill became famous as one of The Goodies, having previously written scripts for TV's That Was The Week That Was while a student at Cambridge. He was also a key member of the BBC radio series I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, where many of his musical compositions were featured. Since the 1990s, he has become better known as a presenter of BBC wildlife programmes.

Rob's Essential Choice:
Violin Concerto
Henryk Szeryng (violin)
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ottorino Respighi

    Balletto detto 'Il Conte Orlando' (Suite no 1 Ancient Airs and Dances)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Eric Whitacre

    Lux aurumque

    Choir: Eric Whitacre Singers. Conductor: Eric Whitacre.
    • Decca.
  • Béla Bartók

    Two Romanian Dances op 8a Sz 43

    Performer: Mihaela Ursuleasa.
    • Berlin Classics.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Dances from Swan Lake (Act III)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Decca.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dances No 6 in B flat major; no 11 in D minor

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Peter Nagy.
    • Decca.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini

    Oboe Sonata in G op 13 no 4

    Performer: Hans-Peter Westermann. Performer: Rainer Zipperling. Performer: Sabine Bauer.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Hölle Rache (The Magic Flute)

    Singer: Sumi Jo. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Gayaneh Ballet Music

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Studies op 4 nos 2 & 3

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Hyperion.
  • Aaron Copland

    Hoe-Down (Rodeo)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Kleinsinger/Tripp

    Tubby the Tuba

    Narrator: Danny Kaye. Orchestra: Victor Young Orchestra. Conductor: Victor Young.
    • Naxos.
  • Franz Liszt

    Easter Hymn from 'Christus'

    Performer: Nyiregyhaza Children's Chorus. Performer: Bertalan Hock (organ). Performer: Antal Dorati (conductor).
  • Billy Mayerl

    The Harp of the winds for piano

    Performer: Susan Tomes.
    • Loose Elbows - Susan Tomes plays the piano music of Billy Mayerl.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Robert Schumann

    Violin Concerto in D minor

    Performer: Henryk Szeryng. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Piccinini

    Galliard XI

    Performer: Luciano Contini.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in D minor op 7 no 4

    Performer: Eduard Müller. Orchestra: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Conductor: August Wenzinger.
    • Archiv.

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Answer: The Queen of the Night, from Mozart's singspiel, The Magic Flute.


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