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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: Only Connect; Historian Jay Winter; Rob's Essential Choice: Bridge: Piano Sonata.

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
Piano Sonata
Ashley Wass (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Erik Satie

    Le Piccadilly

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • Virgin.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 ‘Alexander's Feast’

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
    • Philips.
  • Federico Mompou

    Musica callada XXV

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • Sony.
  • John Ireland


    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Halle.
  • anon

    Only Connect

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Grande valse brilliante in E flat, Op 18

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
    • RCA.
  • anon

    Only Connect

  • William Byrd

    Fantasia a 5 ‘two in one’

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Virgin.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Battle on the Ice (Alexander Nevsky)

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Dale


    Performer: Danny Driver.
    • Hyperion.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Sanctus (Grand messe des morts)

    Singer: Léopold Simoneau. Choir: New England Conservatory Chorus. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Chaconne, HWV 435

    Performer: Annie Fischer (piano).
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Sonata No 4 in C

    Performer: Pavel Hromadka (oboe). Performer: Dusan Foltyn (trumpet). Performer: Tomas Thon (organ).
  • John Foulds

    A World Requiem (end of part 1)

    Singer: Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet. Singer: Catherine Wyn‐Rogers. Singer: Stuart Skelton. Singer: Gerald Finley. Choir: Trinity Boys Choir. Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus. Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leon Botstein.
    • Chandos.
  • Max Reger

    Siegesfeier, Op 145 No 7

    Performer: Roger Judd (organ).
    • HERALD.
  • Frank Bridge

    Piano Sonata

    Performer: Ashley Wass.
    • Naxos.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 58 in F

    Performer: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Dennis Russell Davies (conductor).
    • SONY.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was: Battles.


The music played:


Steffe (Lyrics Julia Ward Howe)
Battle hymn of the republic
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy (conductor)
SONY MDK 48294    


The Purcell Quartet (and friends)


Battle on the Ice (Alexander Nevsky)
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
DG 419 603 2  


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