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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 October 2011

A selection of must-hear music including the Essential CD of the Week: a collection of choral works conducted by Digna Guerra.

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, cellist Janos Starker: Faure (Elegie); Haydn (Cello Concerto No.2). Also in this hour, Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov) from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

As part of World Space Week, the Essential Classics guest is Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal. Today he introduces music that makes him glad to be alive and a piece that he uses to relax to.

Rob's Essential Choice

Quintet in G minor
Arthur Grumiaux (violin)
Georges Janzer (viola)
Eva Czako (cello)
Arpad Gerecz (violin)
Max Lesueur (viola)
PHILIPS 4709502.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Michael Praetorius

    Michael Praetorius Suite de Ballets - (Dances from Terpsichore 1612)

    Performers: Early Music Consort of London, David Munrow (director)

    EMI CDM 7690242 TRACK 6

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach "Little' Fugue in G minor BWV578 (arr Stokowski)

    Performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier (conductor)

    NAXOS 8.557883 TRACK 3

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel Alborada del Gracioso

    Performers: Orchestra National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

    EMI CDM 5654232 TRACK 8

  • Image for Wilma Alba Cal

    Wilma Alba Cal 5 Canciones - Pórtico; El canto quiere ser luz

    Performers: Chamber Choir Entrevoces, Digna Guerra (conductor)

    MDG 60217042 TRACKS 13-14

  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Annees de Pelerinage Book II – Tarantella

    Performers: Jorge Bolet (piano)

    DECCA 4256892 TRACK 13

  • Image for Gabriel Fauré

    Gabriel Fauré Élégie

    Performers: Janos Starker (cello), Philharmonia, Walter Susskind (conductor)

    EMI 5684852 CD 6 TRACK 1

  • Image for Mussorgsky arr Rimsky-Korsakov

    Mussorgsky arr Rimsky-Korsakov Night on the Bare Mountain

    Performers: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

    DG 4297852 TRACK 16

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces - Bellringing; Berceuse; Butterfly

    Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

    DG 459 671 2 TRACKS 12 & 14


    • Image for Joseph Haydn

      Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2

      Performers: Janos Starker (cello), Philharmonia, Carlo Maria Giulini

      EMI 5684852 CD 4 TRACK 1

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn Octet - First movement

    Performers: Nash Ensemble


  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Four Last Songs - Beim Schlafengehen

    Performers: Lucia Popp (soprano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus Tennstedt (conductor)

    EMI CDC 7470132 TRACK 3


    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quintet in G minor

      Performers: Grumiaux Trio: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Georges Janzer (viola), Eva Czako (cello) + Arpad Gérecz (violin), Max Lesueur (viola)

      PHILIPS 4709502 CD 2 TRACKS 5-8

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude & Fugue in G minor, BWV861

    Performers: Pierre Hantai (harpsichord)

    MIRARE MIR 9930 CD 2 TRACKS 7 & 8

  • Image for Vanhal

    Vanhal Symphony in G minor

    Performers: London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert (conductor)


  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Spot the Connection: Birds

    The Sparrow and the gentle Dove
    Paul Esswood (countertenor)
    Johann Sonnleitner (harpsichord)
    Charles Medlam (viola da gamba)
    HYPERION CDA 66070

    The Cuckoo (The Birds)
    San Francisco Symphony
    Edo de Waart (conductor)
    PHILIPS 411 419 2

    The blue bird
    Choir of New College, Oxford
    DECCA 466 870 2


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