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Friday - Rob Cowan with Tamara Rojo

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Alicia de Larrocha - Mozart and Haydn; Brainteaser; Artist of the Week: Jacqueline du Pre; Guest: Tamara Rojo; Debussy: Martyrdom of St Sebastian.

with Rob Cowan and his guest, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Alicia de Larrocha - Mozart and Haydn, DECCA ELOQUENCE. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Jacqueline du Pré.

Rob's guest this week is Tamara Rojo. Tamara dazzled the ballet world by winning both a Gold Medal at the Paris International Dance Competition and a Special Jury Award in 1994. She left her native Spain in 1996, having been invited to join the Scottish National Ballet. She then joined the English National Ballet, dancing the full range of principal roles, and ENB Artistic Director Derek Deane created the roles of Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and Clara (The Nutcracker) for Tamara. Her performances as Clara broke attendance records at the London Coliseum, and in 1997 the London Times named her "Dance Revelation of the Year". Three years later, Sir Anthony Dowell asked Tamara to join the Royal Ballet, with whom she danced principal roles in Dowell's Swan Lake, Makarova's The Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere, Nureyev's Don Quixote and Wright's The Nutcracker. She also performed many roles in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's works for the Royal Ballet, including the title roles in Isadora, Romeo and Juliet and Manon, and The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring. In 2012 Tamara was appointed as Director and Principal Dancer of the English National Ballet.

Rob's Essential Choice
Martyrdom of St Sebastian (symphonic fragments)
London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sagreras

    El Colibri

    Performer: John Williams.
    • CBS.
  • Joaquín Turina

    Five Danzas Gitanas Op.55: No.1 Zambra; No.4 Generalife

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • Chandos.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasia in C minor, K.475

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • J.C. Bach

    Sinfonia in G Op.6 No.1

    Performer: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
    • CARUS.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Robert Schumann

    Three Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73b

    Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • EMI.
  • Jules Massenet

    Entracte Sevillana from Don Cesar de Bazan

    Performer: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Performer: Neeme Jarvi (conductor).
    • CHANDOS.
  • Samuel Barber

    Adagio for string orchestra arr. from 2nd mvt of String Quartet

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony.
  • Georg Matthias Monn

    Cello Concerto in G minor

    Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Federico Chueca


    Performer: Ensamble de Madrid.
  • Piatti

    12 Capricci Opus 25 Per Violincello solo: Adagio Lagramente

    Performer: Wen-Sinn Yang.
    • Arts Music.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations BWV988 - Aria Da Capo

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Bourrée fantasque

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Hansel und Gretel Suite - Dream Pantomime

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Rudolf Kempe.
  • Claude Debussy

    Martyrdom of St Sebastian (symphonic fragments)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
    • Philips.
  • Max Reger

    Drei Chore - Zur Nacht

    Performer: Consortium. Performer: Andrew-John Smith (conductor).
  • Beethoven

    Symphony No.4 in B flat Op.60

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Performer: Bernard Haitink (conductor).
    • PHILIPS.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Hair.

The music played:



My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair (A Pastoral Song) Hov XXVIa:27

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)

Melvyn Tan (fortepiano)

ARCHIV 4471062



Adagio for strings op 11

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Eugene Ormandy (conductor)

EMI CDC 747636 2



The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Preludes bk 1)

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

DECCA 452 0222


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