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Friday - Rob Cowan with Joanne Harris

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Maxim Vengerov - Complete Recordings 1991-2007; Artists of the Week: The Talich Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Monteverdi: Orfeo (Act 2 excerpt).

with Rob Cowan and his guest, the author Joanne Harris.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Maxim Vengerov - The Complete Recordings 1991-2007, WARNER. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artists of the Week: The Talich Quartet.

Rob's guest this week is the author Joanne Harris, best known for writing the award-winning novel Chocolat (later turned into a highly successful film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp). The book was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, and due to its success in 2012 Joanne became one of only four female members of the "Millionnaires' Club," the elite group of authors who have achieved a million sales of one book in the UK since records began. She has written two more novels in the Chocolat series: The Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, as well as two French cookbooks (co-written with Fran Warde). In 2007 she published Runemarks, a fantasy novel based on Norse mythology, aimed at both children and adults. A sequel, Runelight, followed in 2011, and Joanne continued with the Norse mythology theme in her most recent novel, The Gospel of Loki, published earlier this year.

Rob's Essential Choice
Orfeo, Act II excerpt including Orfeo's lament
Orfeo: Lajos Kozma (tenor)
Pastore secondo: Nigel Rogers (tenor)
Pastore terzo: Kurt Equiluz (tenor)
La Messagera: Cathy Berberian (soprano)
Capella antiqua, München
Concentus Musicus Wien
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arthur Benjamin

    Jamaican Rumba

    Performer: Larry Adler. Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra. Conductor: Eric Robinson.
    • HMV.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic Festival Overture

    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov


    Ensemble: Leipziger Streichquartett.
    • MDG.
  • Franz Waxman

    Carmen Fantasy

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Warner.
  • anon

    Only Connect

    Conductor: anon.
  • Robert Schumann

    Blumenstuck, Op.19

    Performer: Ira Biret.
    • Idil Beret.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Concerto for bass tuba and Orchestra

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Performer: Arnold Jacobs. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Spanish Dance; Arabian Dance; Chinese Dance (The Nutcracker)

    Orchestra: Swiss Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Brilliant Classics.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110

    Performer: Talich Quartet.
  • Nicolò Paganini


    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Ian Brown.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: i. Adagio - Moderato

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Jón Leifs

    Hurricane (Baldr, Op.34)

    Conductor: Kari Kropsu. Singer: Gunnar Gudbjornsson. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Schola Cantorum of Iceland.
    • BIS.
  • Turlough O'Carolan

    Planxty Irwin

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Orfeo, Act II (excerpt)

    Singer: Kurt Equiluz. Singer: Nigel Rogers. Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien. Choir: Capella Antiqua München. Singer: Cathy Berberian. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Singer: Lajos Kozma.
    • Teldec.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op.10

    Conductor: Rafael Kubelík. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic.
    • DG.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The connection was Chocolate.


The music played:


Oscar Strauss
‘My Hero’ from The Chocolate Soldier
Joan Sutherland (soprano)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Richard Bonynge (conductor)
DECCA 433 223 2  

Tom Waits
Chocolate Jesus (from Mule Variations album)
Tom Waits (guitar/vocals)
Greg Cohen (bass)
Charles Musselwhite (harp)
EPITAPH 65472   

The Nutcracker - Spanish Dance (Chocolate)
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor)
DECCA 440 477 2  



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