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Thursday - 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: Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 4.

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

9am
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.

10am
Artist of the Week: Malcolm Sargent.

10.30am
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.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice
Saint-Saëns
Piano Concerto No 4 in C minor, Op 44
Stephen Hough (piano)
Sakari Oramo (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Francesco Bendusi

    Su l'herba frescha

    Ensemble: Calefax Reed Quintet.
    • MDG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Overture in the Italian Style, D 591

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • WARNER.
  • Christopher Simpson

    January, February, March (from 'The Monthes')

    Ensemble: Sonnerie.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia (Cantata No 209, 'Non sa che sia dolore')

    Performer: Lisa Beznosiuk. Ensemble: Sonnerie. Director: Monica Huggett.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Barber of Seville (Overture)

    • Warner.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in D major, K,.485

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Andante festivo

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Berceuse romantique

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Paul Coker.
    • Decca.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • Warner.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Canon and Contrapuncti 9 and 10 (The Art of Fugue)

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Sir Neville Marriner (conductor).
    • PHILIPS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in A flat, Op 32 No 2

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • William Byrd

    Te Deum (from The Great Service)

    Choir: The Cardinall’s Musick. Performer: Robert Quinney. Conductor: Andrew Carwood.
    • Hyperion.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No 4 in C minor, Op 44

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Hyperion.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in G, K387

    Performer: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Canon and Contrapuncti 9 and 10 (The Art of Fugue)

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Sir Neville Marriner (conductor).
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in G, K387

    Performer: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Waltz (Sleeping Beauty)

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Malcolm Sargent (conductor).
    • GUILD.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - What am I?

The Gibson 'ex-Huberman’ Stradivarius of 1713. One of Stradivarius’s finest violins, it was stolen twice from the great Polish-American violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the second time by another musician who took it from Huberman’s Carnegie Hall dressing room during a concert, disguised it with boot polish, and played it at gigs for the next half-century, only confessing to the theft on his deathbed. It was then bought by Norbert Brainin of the Amadeus Quartet, and is now owned by Joshua Bell, who reputedly paid nearly $4 million for it.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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