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Monday - Rob Cowan with Christine Walkden

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Kreisler Violin Music; Artist of the Week: Neville Marriner; 18th-Century Britain - 15 Georgian Pleasures: Handel: Judas Maccabeus (excerpt).

with Rob Cowan and his guest, the gardener and TV presenter, Christine Walkden.

As part of the BBC's season exploring the transformation that took place throughout the arts in the 18th century, Essential Classics brings you "15 Georgian Pleasures" - a selection of pieces by composers making their living in Georgian England. The selection is chosen and introduced by conductor, harpsichordist and founder of the Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn, in conversation with Suzy Klein. The pieces include the well known ('See the conquering hero comes' from Handel's Judas Maccabeus; 'Praise the Lord' from Haydn's The Creation; and Mozart's Adagio for glass harmonica) and the less familiar (music from Let God Arise by Thomas Linley Jr; Polifemo by Porpora; and The Lady's Mantle by James Oswald). There's a Georgian Pleasure on Essential Classics at 11am each weekday from Monday 14th April to Friday 2nd May.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Kreisler Violin Music - Jack Liebeck, HYPERION CDA68040. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Neville Marriner, who celebrates his 90th birthday on 15th April.

Rob's guest this week is the gardener and television presenter, Christine Walkden. Christine is best known for her appearances on gardening programmes for the BBC such as Gardeners' World and Christine's Garden, and has also appeared on The One Show. She has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and is a past winner of the Garden Writers' Guild Radio Broadcasting Award. Christine has written several gardening books, including The Houseplant Almanac, A Year in Christine's Garden - The Secret Diary of a Garden Lover, and most recently, No-Nonsense Vegetable Gardening. She has also written for Amateur Gardening magazine, is a regular contributor to Choice magazine, and writes a quarterly article for the Quality Garden Tools website.

15 Georgian Pleasures. A new series where Suzy Klein talks to conductor Christian Curnyn about pieces from the period.

Judas Maccabeus: 'See the conquering hero comes'
UC Berkeley Chamber Choir
Philharmonia Baroque
Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

Impromptus, D.899
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance no 2 from Act 4 of Romeo & Juliet

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • Decca.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op.72 No.2

    Music Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. Performer: Jack Liebeck. Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • Hyperion.
  • Franz Danzi

    Bassoon Concerto in F major

    Performer: Valeri Popov. Ensemble: USSR Symphony Chamber Ensemble.
    • Russian Disc.
  • Freystadtler

    Variation on Diabelli's Waltz

    Performer: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • Teldec.
  • anon

    Place that Piece

    Conductor: anon.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Concerto no 2 in E, BWV 1042

    Performer: Henryk Szeryng. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Serenade in E major, Op 22

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Cantata No 147)

    Music Arranger: Myra Hess. Performer: Dame Moura Lympany.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Wagner

    Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    'Nessun dorma!' - Turandot, Act 3

    Singer: José Carreras. Choir: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. Orchestra: Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Sony.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Keyboard Sonata in E major, Kk.380

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptus D899 no 1 in C minor & no 4 in A flat major

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • DECCA.
  • Mozart arr Bernardini

    Non piu andrai; Porgi amor; Che soave...; Ecco la marcia from The Marriage of Figaro

    Performer: Zefiro. Performer: Alfredo Bernardini.
    • ARCANA.
  • Benjamin Britten

    4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

    Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Place that Piece



The music played:


Florida Suite: By the River 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Beecham (conductor)
EMI CDS 7475098


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