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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 11 July 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Mady Mesplé, Edition du 80ème Anniversaire. EMI CLASSICS 095003 2

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, German violinist Isabelle Faust.

This week Rob's guest is the art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon, who has presented landmark series on art for the BBC. They will be talking about Andrew's love of music and art and will discuss the Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 festival, which will see a range of contemporary artists - including choreographers, poets, composers and visual artists - respond to paintings by the Renaissance master Titian, with works displayed at the National Gallery and performed by the Royal Ballet.

Rob's Essential Choice
Haydn: Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War), Hob.XXII:9
Elsie Morison (soprano)
Marjorie Thomas (contralto)
Peter Witsch (tenor)
Karl Christian Kohn (bass)
Bedrich Janacek (organ)
Bavarian Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor)
DG 453 127-2.

Music Played

13 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius Valse, Op. 34 No. 1

    Performers: Annette Servadei (piano)

    REGIS RRC 1281

  • 9.02am

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D, K.297 'Paris'

      Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Josef Krips (conductor)

      PENTATONE PTC 5186 199

  • 9.20: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Léo Delibes

      Léo Delibes Air des clochettes "Où va la heune hindoue" (Lakmé)

      Performers: Mady Mesplé (soprano), Orchestre du Theatre National de l’Opera de Paris, Jean-Pierre Marty (conductor)

      EMI 095003-2

  • 9.32am

    • Image for Franz Schmidt

      Franz Schmidt Intermezzo (Notre Dame)

      Performers: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam, Yakov Kreizberg (conductor)

      PENTATONE PTC 5186 461

  • 9.39: Artist of the Week - Isabelle Faust

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Rondo Brilliant in B minor, D.895

      Performers: Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano)


  • 9.55am

    • Image for Franz Liszt

      Franz Liszt Mazeppa

      Performers: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur (conductor)

      EMI 574521-2

  • 10.11am

    • Image for Giacomo Puccini

      Giacomo Puccini Menuet No.2 and 3 (3 Minuets of 1884)

      Performers: Quartetto di Roma

      La Bottega Discantina 195

  • 10.18am

    • Image for Gabriel Fauré

      Gabriel Fauré Berceuse, Op. 16; Morceau de lecture; Romance, Op. 28

      Performers: Isabelle Faust (violin), Florent Boffard (piano)


  • 10.30: Andrew Graham-Dixon's Choice

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert Impromptu in E flat, D.899 No.2

      Performers: Maria Joao Pires (piano)

      DG 457 550-2

  • 10.37am: Andrew Graham-Dixon's Choice

    • Image for Marin Marais

      Marin Marais La Reveuse (Pieces de viol, Book IV No.82)

      Performers: Jordi Savall (bass viol), Ton Koopman (clavecin), Hopkinson Smith (baroque guitar)


  • 10.49am

    • Image for Waldteufel

      Waldteufel Mon Reve, Op.151

      Performers: Philharmonia Promenade Orchestra, Henry Krips (conductor)

      EMI CZS 568289-2

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Image for Joseph Haydn

      Joseph Haydn Missa in tempore belli, Hob.XXII:9

      Performers: Elsie Morison (soprano), Marjorie Thomas (contralto), Peter Witsch (tenor), Karl Christian Kohn (bass), Bedrich Janacek (organ), Choir and Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

      DG 453 127-2

  • 11.40am

    • Image for Igor Stravinsky

      Igor Stravinsky Capriccio

      Performers: Michel Beroff (piano), Orchestre de Paris, Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

      EMI 648625-2

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Year in Question: 1854. In this year Liszt's Mazeppa and Berlioz's L’Enfance du Christ were completed, and Janacek was born.

    The music played:

    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    Il s’en va loin de la terre (Shepherds’ Farewell from L’Enfance du Christ)
    St Anthony Singers
    The Goldsbrough Orchestra
    Colin Davis (conductor)
    DECCA 436404 2

    Sinfonietta (1st mvmt)
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jiri Behohlavek (conductor)


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