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Music in the Great War: Rob Cowan with Jay Winter

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Volodos plays Mompou; Brainteaser: Originally Written For; Historian Jay Winter; Rob's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings.

Music in the Great War, with Rob Cowan and his guest, the historian Jay Winter.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Volodos plays Mompou, SONY. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

9:30 - 10:30 Including a selection of music from the time of World War One.

Rob's guest this week is the American historian Jay Winter, a specialist in World War I and its impact on the 20th century. He has authored or co-authored several war-themed books, including The Great War and the British People, The Experience of World War I, and, most recently, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History, 1914-1918. He was also co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the PBS series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award. Jay is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Rob's Essential Choice
Serenade for Strings
Soviet Emigre Orchestra
Lazar Gosman (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Music Plays (from A Shakespeare Suite: Richard III, arr Muir Matheson)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: William Walton.
    • EMI.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

    Performer: Benny Goodman. Ensemble: Columbia Jazz Combo. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony.
  • Federico Mompou

    Musica callada II Lent; Musica callada XXVII Lento molto

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • Sony.
  • Robert Schumann

    Manfred Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • DG.
  • Anon.

    Today's Brainteaser - Originally Written For...?

  • Robert Schumann

    Romances Op 94

    Performer: Douglas Boyd. Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Polonaise de Concert, Op. 4

    Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Performer: Daniel Gortler.
    • RCA Victor Red Seal.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Scythian Suite, Op 20

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Butterfly, Op 43 No 1 & Melody, Op 47 No 3

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (piano).
    • DG.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Capriccio brillante on the theme 'Jota aragonese'

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Melodiya / BMG.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Blessed art Thou, O Lord (from The All Night Vigil, Op 37)

    Choir: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir. Conductor: Nikolai Korniev.
    • Philips.
  • Agapkin

    The Farewell of Slavianka

    Ensemble: The Red Army Choir and Band. Conductor: Victor Federov.
    • Naxos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Contrapunctus 13 (The Art of Fugue)

    Performer: Andrew Davis (organ).
    • PHILIPS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Serenade for strings

    Orchestra: Soviet Emigre Orchestra. Conductor: Lazar Gosman.
    • Olympia.
  • Mozart

    Piano Concerto in E flat, K449

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Performer: The Gulbenkian Orchestra. Performer: Theodor Guschlbauer (conductor).
    • ERATO.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Silent Woods, Op 68 No 5

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein (cello). Performer: Anna Polonsky (piano).
    • DECCA.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Originally Written For

The music was from Brahms' 3rd Symphony, originally written for orchestra.


The music played:


Brahms arr. Remco Jak
Poco allegretto (Symphony No 3)
Amstel Quartet


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