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Friday - 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: Strauss: Burleske in D minor.

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
Burleske in D minor
Martha Argerich (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Georges Dinicu

    Hora staccato

    Performer: Michael Rabin. Orchestra: The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Felix Slatkin.
    • EMI.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture: Benvenuto Cellini

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • Christopher Simpson

    Suite in D

    Ensemble: Sonnerie.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in F sharp major, Op 78

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Overture in D minor

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Music Arranger: Elgar, Edward. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • Warner.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    Kikimora, Op 63

    Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra.
    • Newton Classics.
  • Amilcare Ponchielli

    Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda  

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI.
  • Jean Sibelius

    En Saga

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • Warner.
  • C.P.E Bach

    Symphony in C, Wq 182 No 3

    Performer: The English Concert. Performer: Trevor Pinnock (director).
    • DG.
  • John Adams

    Batter my heart, three-personed God (Doctor Atomic)

    Singer: Gerald Finley. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Ivor Gurney

    Lights Out

    Singer: Susan Bickley. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • Naxos.
  • Franz Schubert

    Am Feierabend and Die liebe Farbe (Die schone Mullerin)

    Singer: Aksel Schiøtz. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • Danacord.
  • Richard Strauss

    Burleske in D minor

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Sony.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    String Quartet No 2 in D minor

    Performer: The Stamitz Quartet.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Serenade to Music

    Singer: Elsie Morison. Singer: Marjorie Thomas. Singer: Duncan Robertson. Singer: Trevor Anthony. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • EMI.
  • George Harrison arr Lubos Krticka

    Here Come the Sun

    Performer: Wihan Quartet.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection is they were all turned into pop songs:


Borodin: “Baubles, bangles and beads” from 1953 show ‘Kismet’

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Chopin: "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows". The music is credited to Harry Carroll, although the melody is actually adapted from Fantaisie-Impromptu by Frédéric Chopin. The song was sung by The Dolly Sisters and subsequently featured in a movie entitled The Dolly Sisters, released in September, 1945, where it was sung by John Payne.


Ponchielli: “Hello muddah, hello faddah..” Grammy award-winning novelty song by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch (1964).


The music played:



String Quartet, 2nd movement Scherzo

Borodin String Quartet

DECCA 425 541 2                   



Fantasy impromptu in C sharp minor op 66:  

Artur Rubinstein (piano)

RCA GD 87725                    



Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda  

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

EMI CDC 749043 2                 



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