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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Stephen Fry

With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: Dances - Benjamin Grosvenor; Brainteaser: Back to the Beginning; Proms Artist of the Week: Andrew Litton; Essential Choice: Korngold: Sinfonietta.

Rob Cowan's guest this week is the writer, actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Dances, Benjamin Grosvenor, DECCA. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Proms Artist of the Week: Andrew Litton.

Rob's guest this week is the writer, actor, and broadcaster Stephen Fry.

Stephen admits that beneath the puckish and jovial exterior there lies a miasma of contradictions. He strives for bold authenticity and truth, but is known for his modest self-effacement and insecurities. Early success in series such as Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster, led to film roles (Wilde; Gosford Park ; Alice in Wonderland; The Hobbit), novels (The Liar and The Hippopotamus to name but two) autobiographical memoirs (Moab Is My Washpot; More Fool Me, published this month) and a series of challenging and critically-acclaimed documentaries including Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, in which he discusses his bipolar disorder; Stephen Fry: Wagner and Me, on the stain of Nazism on the reputation of Wagner; Stephen Fry: Out There, in which he explores attitudes to homosexuality and the lives of gay people in different parts of the globe. Currently the host of the popular quiz show QI, Stephen has appeared on popular panel games such as Just a Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Stephen's music choices include classic recordings of Wilhelm Kempff performing Beethoven and Glenn Gould performing Bach, as well as great opera recordings of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro conducted by Georg Solti, Verdi's Rigoletto featuring Luciano Pavarotti and Dame Joan Sutherland, and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler.

Rob's Essential Choice
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)

2 hours, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Moritz Moszkowski

    Spanish Dance in C major, Op 12 No 1

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta.
    • Decca.
  • Enrique Granados

    Valses Poeticos

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Decca.
  • Fritz Kreisler


    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • 4499232.
    • DG.
  • Georges Bizet

    La Patrie: Overture

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • anon

    Back to the Beginning

    Performer: anon.
  • Giovanni Bottesini

    Gran Duo Concertante

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton. Performer: José‐Luis García. Performer: Thomas Martin.
    • Naxos.
  • Edward Elgar

    Music for Powick Asylum: Blumine - Polka

    Conductor: Barry Collett. Ensemble: Innovation Chamber Ensemble.
    • SOMM.
  • Scott Joplin

    The Entertainer

    Performer: Scott Joplin.
    • Nonesuch Records.
  • William Walton

    Henry V Suite

    Conductor: Andrew Litton. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
    • London.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pour le piano

    Performer: Pascal Roge (piano).
    • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'Le Nozze di Figaro (conclusion)

    Singer: Kurt Moll. Singer: Thomas S. Allen. Singer: Lucia Popp. Singer: Frederica von Stade. Singer: Robert Tear. Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Samuel Ramey. Singer: Giorgio Tadeo. Conductor: Georg Solti. Singer: Philip Langridge.
    • Decca.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod

    Singer: Kirsten Flagstad. Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic.
    • EMI.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Ruy Blas Overture

    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold


    Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Dorian Recordings.
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski

    Violin Sonata in A minor, Op 13 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Adam Kostecki. Performer: Gunther Hauer.
    • Naxos.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in F sharp minor

    Performer: Ursula Duetschler (harpsichord).
    • CLAVES.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Back to the Beginning

The music played:

The Entertainer
Joshua Rifkin (piano)
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