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Opus Ones

2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 March 2013

Rob Cowan explores the breadth of music covered by the designation "Opus One" by composers as varied as Beethoven, Webern, Sibelius and Bartok. A short season of double concertos begins with Mozart's K364 Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, and the week's Bach cantata is Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just resist sin) BWV 54.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Anthony Collins

    Anthony Collins Vanity Fair

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson

    Dutton, CDLX 7162, 2

  • Image for Igor Stravinsky

    Igor Stravinsky Ragtime for 11 instruments

    Performer: Boston Symphony Chamber Players

    Deutsche Grammophon, 463 667-2, 9

  • Image for Hector Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz Overture Roman Carnival

    Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO90/12

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just resist sin) BWV 54

    Performer: English Baroque Soloists, Nathalie Stuzmann, John Eliot Gardiner

    Solo Deo Gloria, 843183012022

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

    Performer: Van Cliburn (piano)

    RCA, 88765407232

  • Image for Jules Massenet

    Jules Massenet Le Vierge

    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux, Hilary Robinson (cello)

    EMI, CDM 5 65150 2, 8

  • Image for Edward MacDowell

    Edward MacDowell Two Fragments from The Song of Rowland, Op. 30

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Kruger

    Bridge, 9089

  • Image for Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius Jouluvirsi, Op. 1 (No. 4)

    Performer: Helsinki University Chorus, Matti Hyökki

    Finlandia, 0927-49774-2

  • Image for Anton Webern

    Anton Webern Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

    Deutsche Grammophon, 457 637-2

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 1

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello), Jacob Lateiner (piano)

    RCA, LSC-2770

  • Image for Béla Bartók

    Béla Bartók Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 1

    Performer: Andor Foldes (piano), RIAS-Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay

    Audite, 21.407

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Sea Pictures – Sabbath Morning at Sea

    Performer: Brigitta Svenden (soprano), Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, John Carewe

    Forlane, UCD 16642, 8

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto in C BWV 595 (Allegro)

    Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (organ)

    Erato, 4509-96744-2, 13

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, Koechel 364 for violin, viola and orchestra

    Performers: Thomas Brandis (violin), Giusto Cappone (viola), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

    Deutsche Grammophon, 474 424-2

  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Romance in F for cello and piano (1883)

    Performers: Peter Wöpke (cello), Wolfgang Sawallisch (piano)

    Brilliant Classics, 9249/11, 4


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