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Wednesday - 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: Glazunov: The Seasons.

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: 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
The Seasons
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Ernest Ansermet (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexander Glazunov

    The Seasons

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

    Today's Brainteaser Puzzle

    Conductor: anon.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Andante and Variations in G major, K.501

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • EMI.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    'When you're lying awake with a dismal headache' (Iolanthe)

    Singer: Martyn Green. Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra of London. Conductor: Isidore Godfrey.
    • Decca.
  • Richard Wagner

    Der Fliegende Hollander: Overture

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marek Janowski.
    • Pentatone.
  • Georges Bizet

    Jeux d'Enfants, Op.22

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • Warner.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Sonata for violin and cello in D major

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky.
    • Sony.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Scherzo (Symphony No.4 - 1874 ed. / ed.Nowak, 1975)

    Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Eliahu Inbal.
    • Teldec.
  • Franz Liszt


    Performer: Clifford Curzon.
    • Decca.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sospiri, Op 70

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Henry Purcell

    "For folded flocks... Your hay it is mow'd" (King Arthur, Act V)

    Singer: John Cameron. Choir: St. Anthony Singers. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Philomusica of London. Conductor: Anthony Lewis.
    • Decca.
  • Jules Massenet

    Aragonaise (Le Cid)

    Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • Philips.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K 297b

    Performer: Lucas Maclas Navarro. Performer: Alessandro Carbonare. Performer: Guilhaume Santana. Performer: Alessio Allegrini. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart.
    • DG.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    When David heard that Absalom was slain

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Marco Uccellini

    Sonata Op.4`18

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico.

Today's Brainteaser Answer

The answer was W.S. Gilbert.

His initials WSG were an anagram of the intials of the surnames of Arnold Schoenberg, William Walton and Edvard Grieg.

The music we heard:



Jessye Norman (soprano)

James Levine (piano)

PHILIPS 426 261-2



Tango and Pasadoble (Facade)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

DECCA 470 200-2



Solveig's Song (Peer Gynt)

Barbara Bonney (soprano)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

DG 427 807-2

Walton: Tango and Pasadoble (Facade)

Grieg: Solveig's Song (Peer Gynt)


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