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Friday - Rob Cowan with Stewart Copeland

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Gustav Mahler and Military Music in Jihlava; Artist of the Week: Marie-Claire Alain; Essential Choice: Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra.

with Rob Cowan and his guest, the drummer and composer, Stewart Copeland.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Gustav Mahler and Military Music in Jihlava, 1875: ARCODIVA. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Marie-Claire Alain.

Rob's guest this week is the drummer and composer, Stewart Copeland. Stewart is best known as the former drummer co-founder of the rock band, The Police. Stewart moved beyond the rock arena in the mid-1980s, when he returned to his classical roots with creative pursuits in concert and film music. His numerous film scores include Oliver Stone's Wall Street and the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish, while his work in television includes contributions to Babylon 5 and Desperate Housewives. His career includes the sale of more than 60 million records worldwide, and numerous awards, including five Grammys, as well as a Grammy nomination for his 2005 CD "Orchestralli". He has also written for ballet, opera and orchestras, and the world premiere of his Percussion Concerto will be performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko later this month.

Rob's Essential Choice
Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cavatina, Op 75a No 1

    Ensemble: Zemlinsky Quartet.
    • Praga.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto a due cori, HWV 333

    Ensemble: Zefiro. Director: Alfredo Bernardini.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • Johann, II Strauss

    Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op.325

    Ensemble: The Prague Castle Guard and Czech Police Band. Conductor: Colonel Vaclav Blahunek.
    • Arco Diva.
  • Edward Elgar

    Nelly (Music for Powick Asylum)

    Orchestra: Innovation Chamber Ensemble. Conductor: Barry Collett.
    • Somm.
  • Robert Carver

    O bone Jesu

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 'Carnival at Pesth'

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Ciacona in C minor, BuxWV 159

    Performer: Marie‐Claire Alain.
    • Erato.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in E minor, D566 (unfinished)

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • DECCA.
  • Aaron Copland

    Street in a Frontier Town; Mexican Dance (Billy the Kid)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • RCA.
  • Edgard Varèse

    Ionisation (transcription for 6 percussionists)

    Ensemble: Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Music Arranger: Georges van Gucht. Director: Jean-Paul Bernard.
  • Edward Elgar

    Harmony Music no.1

    Ensemble: Athena Ensemble.
    • Elgar: Complete Works for Wind Quintet: Anthena Ensemble.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for Double String Orchestra

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Liszt

    Chapelle de Guillaume Tell; Au lac de Wallenstadt; Pastorale (Annees de Pelerinage, 1er livre - Suisse)

    Performer: Sergio Fiorentino.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.75 in D major

    Orchestra: Esterhazy Orchestra. Conductor: David Blum.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Carnivals.


The music played:


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Carnival Overture

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Karel Ancerl (conductor)           

SUPRAPHON 111 998 2            



Carnival of Venice

John Wilbraham (trumpet)

London Festival Orchestra

Tutti Camarata

DECCA 443 394 2                    



Carnival of the Animals

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire (pianos)

Ensemble led by Gidon Kremer (violin)

PHILIPS 416 841 2                  


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