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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Armando Iannucci

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Piano, with Myung-Whun Chung; Brainteaser: What Am I?; Proms Artist of the Week: Simon Rattle; Rob's Essential Choice: Poulenc: Gloria.

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
Luba Orgonasova (soprano)
Netherlands Radio Choir
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    The Wand of Youth Suite No 1 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Argo.
  • Edward Elgar

    Wand of Youth (Suite No 1, Op 1a - excerpts)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Argo.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Autumn Song

    Performer: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • ECM New Series.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu bleibet meine Freude (from Cantata 147)

    Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (organ).
    • ERATO.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Young Apollo

    Performer: Peter Donohoe. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • John Johnson

    The New Hunt is up

    Performer: Paul O’Dette. Performer: Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • Frederick Delius

    Irmelin (Prelude)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio, K580a

    Performer: Ensemble 360.
    • ASV.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Violin Concerto No 1, Op 35

    Performer: Thomas Zehetmair. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Hahn

    L'heure exquise

    Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (counter tenor). Performer: Jerome Duclos (piano).
  • Sir James MacMillan

    O Radiant Dawn (from the Strathclyde Motets)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    String Quartet No 7 in C, Op 59 (I. Adagio)

    Ensemble: Dominant Quartet.
    • Olympia.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Agon (Prelude; Section II)

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • Hyperion.
  • Francis Poulenc


    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Choir: Netherlands Radio Choir. Singer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • RCO Live.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata in C, Op 53 (Waldstein)

    Performer: Emil Gilels (piano).
    • DG.
  • Luigi Cherubini

    Anacreon Overture

    Performer: Lamoureux Orchestra. Performer: Igor Markevitch (conductor).
    • DG.
  • Luigi Cherubini


    Orchestra: Lamoureux Orchestra.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - What am I?

The Cor Anglais.


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