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Monday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 01 October 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Sergei Nakariakov: Trumpet and Piano TELDEC 2564 67209-2

A daily brainteaser, and Rob's recommended performance by the next pianist in Peter Donohoe's survey of 50 Great Pianists.

In World Space Week, Rob Cowan's guest on Essential Classics is the distinguished British physicist Professor Brian Foster OBE, who is currently European Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider at CERN in Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in particle physics, became successively a lecturer, then Reader and finally Professor in Experimental Physics at the University of Bristol, and then held the equivalent position at Oxford University from 2003. He is currently Head of the Department of Particle Physics at Oxford. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1999 and the Max Born Medal and Prize in 2003.
Music is a consuming passion for Brian Foster. He is an enthusiastic amateur violinist, and has collaborated with the young professional violinist Jack Liebeck on the Superstrings project, a lecture which links Einstein's favourite instrument, the violin, with many of the concepts of modern physics, showing how Einstein's ideas have shaped our concepts of space, time, and the evolution of the Universe.

Janacek: String Quartets
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Etude in G flat major, Op.25 No. 9 'Butterfly'

    Performers: Tamás Vásáry (piano)

    DG 477 5510

  • 9.01 [0.01] Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Arensky

      Arensky Concert Waltz

      Performers: Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), Alexander Markovich (piano)

      TELDEC 2564 67209-2

  • 9.06 [0.06]

  • 9.16 [0.16]

    • Image for Joseph Haydn

      Joseph Haydn Piano Sonata in E minor Hob XVI:34

      Performers: András Schiff (piano)

      TELDEC 0630 17141-2

  • 9.30am [0.30] Today's Brainteaser

    • Image for Richard Strauss

      Richard Strauss Morgen

      Performers: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

      EMI 87318-2

  • 9.36am [0.36]

    • Image for Suk

      Suk Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 2

      Performers: Suk Trio

      SUPRAPHON 1532-2

  • 9.55am [0.55]

    • Image for Frédéric Chopin

      Frédéric Chopin Andante spianato et Grande polonaise

      Performers: Halina Czerny-Stefanska (piano)

      SUPRAPHON SU3605-2

  • 10.10am [1.10]

    • Image for Falla

      Falla Three Dances from 'The Three-Cornered Hat'

      Performers: Czech Philharmonic, Jean Fournet

      SUPRAPHON 110668-2 [not yet released]

  • 10.24am [1.24]

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude & Fugue in F minor

      Performers: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

      DG 463 020-2

  • 10.30 [1.30] Prof. Brian Foster's Choice

    • Image for Maurice Ravel

      Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel - String Quartet: 1st movement (Allegro moderato – Très doux)

      Performers: Quatuor Ebène

      VIRGIN CLASSICS 519 045 2

  • 10.45am [1.45] Prof. Brian Foster's Choice

    • Image for Ysaye

      Ysaye Sonata No. 3 in D minor "Ballade" for solo violin, Op. 27 No. 3

      Performers: Jack Liebeck (violin)

      QUARTZ QTZ2002

  • 11.55am [1.55]

    • Image for Johannes Brahms

      Johannes Brahms Klavierstucke, Op.76 No.2 - Capriccio in B minor; No.3 - Intermezzo in A flat

      Performers: Gerard Oppitz (piano)

      QUARTZ QTZ2002

  • 11am [2.00]

    • Image for Leos Janacek

      Leos Janacek String Quartet No.1 'Kreutzer Sonata'

      Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

  • 11.21am [2.21]

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903

      Performers: Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

      EMI CZS 574144-2

  • 11.34 [2.34]

    • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

      Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.67

      Performers: Beaux Arts Trio

      PHILIPS 432 079-2

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Mystery Piece - Births, Deaths, Marriages: The piece was Morgen ('Tomorrow') by Richard Strauss. It is one of a set of Four Songs Op. 27, written as a wedding present to his wife, the soprano, Pauline.

    The music played:

    Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    George Szell (conductor)
    EMI 87318-2


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