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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Alice Goodman

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Carlo Maria Giulini - The London Years; Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado; Rob's Essential Choice: Kodaly: Dances of Galanta.

A selection of music with Rob Cowan, whose guest at 10.30am is Rev. Alice Goodman.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Carlo Maria Giulini - The London Years, and at 9.30: Critic's Corner - today's brainteaser.

Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado. One of the greatest conductors of his time, Abbado passed away earlier this year at the age of 80. Rob explores his rich recording legacy featuring the various orchestras he conducted and founded, including: Lucerne Festival, Orchestra Mozart, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of La Scala Milan.

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the ordination of the first women priests in the Church of England, and Rob's guest is the American poet, librettist and priest, Rev. Alice Goodman. Alice is perhaps best known for writing the libretti for two operas by John Adams: Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. She was raised as a Reform Jew, but converted to Christianity as an adult (while working on The Death of Klinghoffer). In 2006, she took up the post of chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 2011 became Rector of a group of parishes in Cambridgeshire. Alice is married to the British poet, Geoffrey Hill.

Rob's Essential Choice
Dances of Galanta
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Henry Walford Davies

    Royal Air Force March Past

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Warner.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for violin and two celli, RV561

    Performer: Roel Dieltiens. Ensemble: Ensemble Explorations.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • César Franck

    Psyche et Eros

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • Warner.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in G major, Op 79, 'The Cuckoo'

    Performer: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • Sony.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo Capriccioso, Op.66

    Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • William Byrd

    This sweet and merry month of May

    Singer: Clare Wilkinson. Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols.
    • Four Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal.
    • Deux-Elles.
    • 16.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer

    Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • George Butterworth

    The cuckoo (11 Folk-songs from Sussex)

    Singer: Roderick Williams. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • George Butterworth, Songs from A Shropshire Lad: Williams / Burnside.
    • Naxos.
    • 25.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Kyrie; Gloria (Mass in G minor)

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • EMI.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Schein uns, du liebe Sonne (Shine on us, dear Sun)

    Choir: Simon Joly Singers. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • Naxos.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances of Galanta

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Philips.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60

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

Today's Brainteaser Answer

The composer was William Byrd.

He was discussing his 1611 collection of 'Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets'.


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