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Friday - Rob Cowan with Jonathan Coe

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Telemann - Paris Quartets; Brainteaser: Only Connect; Proms Artist of the Week: Truls Mork; Author Jonathan Coe.

Rob's guest this week is the author Jonathan Coe. Also, at 9:30, our daily brainteaser: Only Connect.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Telemann - Paris Quartets, Bartold/Sigiswald/Wielan Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt, SONY. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Proms Artist of the Week: Truls Mork.

Rob's guest this week is the author Jonathan Coe, whose novel What a Carve Up! won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. It was followed by The House of Sleep, which won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Best Novel award. What a Carve Up! and a later novel, The Rotters' Club, were adapted as drama serials for BBC Radio 4. He has also written a biography of the experimental British novelist BS Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Music is a constant thread in Jonathan's oeuvre, and he is a lifelong fan of Canterbury progressive rock. He made a record, 9th & 13th, a collection of readings of his work, set to music by Jazz pianist/double bass player Danny Manners and Indie pop artist Louis Philippe.

Jonathan has been a jury member at the Venice and Edinburgh Film Festivals, as well as a judge for the Man Booker Prize.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Georges Bizet

    Caprice in C major

    Performer: Julia Severus.
    • Naxos.
  • Georges Bizet

    Duo (Jeux d'enfants)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Yondani Butt.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Im Herbst

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
  • Glazunov

    Serenade no 2 in F op 11

    Conductor: Yondani Butt. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • ASV.
  • Eric Coates

    The Dam Busters March

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Paradise Moscow - suite (Ballet)

    Ensemble: The Pianos Trio.
    • Warner.
  • John Dowland

    My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home

    Performer: Christoph Denoth.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Paris Quartet no 11

    Performer: Sigiswald Kuijken. Performer: Wieland Kuijken.
  • Herbert Howells

    Elegy for viola, string quartet and string orchestra

    Performer: Matthew Souter. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasy Pieces op 73

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Performer: Truls Mørk.
    • Simax.
  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    Fairy Tale, Op 51 No 1

    Performer: Boris Berezovsky.
    • Teldec.
  • Aníbal Troilo

    Responso - Instrumental

    Orchestra: Orquesta Típica.
    • 100 Anos en 100 Tangos.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a Rococo Theme

    Performer: Truls Mørk. Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Virgin.
  • anon

    Only Connect

  • anon

    Only Connect

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Only Connect

The pieces all contained words from the NATO phonetic alphabet, more accurately known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet: F-Foxtrot, P-Papa and J-Juliet


The music played:


Foxtrot - The Chairman Dances
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle (conductor)
EMI CDC 555051 2 

`Pa-pa, pa-pa'  duet from Magic Flute
Thomas Quasthoff (Papageno)
Montserrat Caballe (Pagagena)
Wurtemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Jorg Faerber (conductor)
RCA 74321 869522

'The young Juliet' from Romeo and Juliet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Mark Ermler (conductor)
ROH ROH30910 


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