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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Andrew Motion

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Simpson: The Monthes - Sonnerie; Artist of the Week: Malcolm Sargent; Rob's Essential Choice: Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1.

with Rob Cowan and his guest, the poet Andrew Motion.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Simpson: The Monthes - Sonnerie, VIRGIN VERITAS. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Malcolm Sargent.

Rob's guest this week is the former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. Upon taking up the post of Poet Laureate in 1999, Andrew said he wanted to write poems related to commissions he received. Subsequently, he wrote about homelessness for the Salvation Army, bullying for ChildLine, and climate change for a song cycle by Peter Maxwell Davies. As laureate, he also founded the Poetry Archive, an online library with recordings of poets reciting their own work. In 2003, Andrew became Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and since 2009 he has been Chairman of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. He has been the jury chair for the Man Booker Prize, and has won numerous awards himself, including the Arvon Prize, and the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Andrew was knighted in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours list. He is currently President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Rob's Essential Choice
Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1
Byron Janis (piano)
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Kirill Kondrashin (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance with Mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi fan tutte: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • CDM763619-2.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Christopher Simpson

    July, August, September (from 'The Monthes')

    Ensemble: Sonnerie.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Almeria (Iberia, Book 2 no 5)

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • Decca.
  • anon

    Who's Singing?

    Singer: anon.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Lasst mich allein, Op 82; Songs my mother taught me, Op 55 No 4

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Anna Polonsky.
    • Decca.
  • Hubert Parry

    The Birds: Bridal March

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Lyrita.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Overture: Ruy Blas

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Henri Vieuxtemps

    Violin Concerto No 5 in A minor, Op 37 (Grétry)

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra of London. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • RCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in B flat, Op.3 No.1

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Sir Neville Marriner (conductor).
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise)

    Singer: Ian Bostridge. Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • Federico Mompou

    El Lago (Paisayes No 2)

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • Sony.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes (excerpt)

    Singer: Peter Pears. Singer: Raymond Nilsson. Singer: James Pease. Singer: Geraint Evans. Singer: Marion Studholme. Singer: Iris Kells. Singer: Lauris Elms. Singer: Jean Watson. Choir: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1

    Performer: Byron Janis. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Josef Reicha

    Concerto in A, Op 4 No 1

    Performer: Mikael Ericsson (cello). Performer: Czech Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Ondrej Kukal (conductor).
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Regina coeli laetare

    Performer: Gregg Smith Singers. Performer: The Texas Boys Choir of Fort Worth. Performer: E Power Biggs (organ). Performer: Vittorio Negri (conductor).

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who's Singing?

Chibiabos (who sings to Hiawatha and Laughing Water [aka Minnehaha] in Coleridge-Taylor’s setting of Longfellow’s poem ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’).  Chibiabos is described as “the sweetest of all singers” and “the best of all musicians”.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


The music played:



Onaway! Awake beloved (from Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast)

Richard Lewis (tenor)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Malcolm Sargent (conductor)



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