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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Armando Iannucci

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Piano, with Myung-Whun Chung; Brainteaser: Back to the Beginning; Proms Artist of the Week: Simon Rattle; Essential Choice: Brahms: Song of Destiny.

with Rob Cowan and his guest, the satirist, writer and producer Armando Iannucci.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Piano, Myung Whun Chung, ECM 2342. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Proms Artist of the Week: Simon Rattle.

Rob's guest this week is the satirist, writer, television director and radio producer, Armando Iannucci. Described by The Daily Telegraph as "the hardman of political satire" and by The Observer as one of the 50 Funniest Acts in British Comedy, he rose quickly through the BBC with On the Hour and the television series, The Day Today. One of his and Steve Coogan's most famous creations from that series, Alan Partridge, went on to feature in a number of Armando's television and radio programmes including Knowing Me, Knowing You and I'm Alan Partridge.

As well as writing and producing, he has also fronted the satirical Armistice review shows and The Armando Iannucci Shows, for Channel 4. Moving back to the BBC in 2005, he created the political sitcom The Thick of It, the spoof documentary Time Trumpet and the radio series, Charm Offensive. He has written an operetta libretto, Skin Deep, for Opera North, and his latest television project is the HBO political satire, Veep. Armando received an OBE in 2012 for services to broadcasting.

Rob's Essential Choice
Song of Destiny, Op 54
San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Prelude No 3 (from 3 Preludes)

    Performer: Oscar Levant.
    • CBS.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    From the Apocalypse, Op. 66

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Melodiya.
  • Robert Schumann

    Arabeske, Op 18

    Performer: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • ECM New Series.
  • anon

    Back to the Beginning

    Conductor: anon.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Ebony Concerto

    Performer: Michael Collins. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta.
    • HMV.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Romance, Op.11

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Lyrita.
  • William Walton

    Popular Song - Facade

    Conductor: Andrew Litton. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
    • Decca.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Procession of the Nobles

    Conductor: Frederick Fennell. Orchestra: Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony in Three Movements

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sonata in E minor, Z796

    Performer: London Baroque.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in D minor, H XV 23 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Philips.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Passacaglia (from 'Peter Grimes')

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • First Hand Records.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV80: opening

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Song of Destiny, Op 54

    Choir: San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • Decca.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony-Conserto in E minor, Op 125

    Performer: Andre Navarra (cello). Performer: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Karel Ancerl (conductor).
  • Kabalevsky

    6 Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong, Op 51 No 5

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson (piano).

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Back to the Beginning

The music played:


Popular Song (from Facade)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)
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