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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Saint-Saens: Le rouet d'Omphale conducted by Thomas Beecham; Viktoria Mullova in Mozart: Violin Concerto in G; Rob's Essential Choice: Bizet: L'Arlesienne.

Rob Cowan shares great music and performances, with the Essential CD of the Week, Artist of the Week, and guest, Rick Stein introducing his essential pieces of classical music.

A selection of music including Saint-Saens's Le Rouet d'Omphale from the Essential CD of the Week: Sir Thomas Beecham French Music

Performances by the Artist of the Week, violinist Viktoria Mullova: Mozart (Concerto in G major, K.216), Ravel (Violin Sonata with Katia Labeque). Also in this hour, a mystery piece for you to guess.

As part of British Food Fortnight, the Essential Classics guest is restaurateur and chef Rick Stein. Today he introduces a great artist, no longer with us, that he would have liked to have seen perform, and music from the first classical album that he bought himself.

Rob's Essential Choice

Bizet: L'Arlesienne - incidental music
Chorus of Lyon Opera
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (director)
NAIVE V5130.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius

    Musette (King Christian II Suite, Op.27)

    Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

    • RCA 09026 60434-2Tk 10.
  • George Malcolm

    Bach before the Mast

    Performers: George Malcolm (harpsichord)

    • DECCA 476 1528Tk 16.
  • Essential CD of the Week: Sir Thomas Beecham French Music

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Le Rouet d'Omphale

      Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor)

      • EMI 909932-2CD 4 Tk 12.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216

    Performers: Viktoria Mullova (violindirector), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    • PHILIPS 470 292-2Tks 1-3.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture to 'Die Braut von Messina', Op.100

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestrea, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

    • EMI 609037-2CD 2Tk 10.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Violin Sonata

    Performers: Viktoria Mullova (violin), Katia Labèque (piano)

    • ONYX 4015Tks 11-13.
  • Jean Sibelius

    King Christian Suite II, Op.27 (excerpts)

    Performers: Finish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

    • RCA 09026 60434-2Tks 8, 9, 11 or 12.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme: part of Act I (Chi è la…, Oh! Sventata!, Che gelida manina, Mi Chiamano Mimi)

    Performers: Rodolfo: Jan Peerce (tenor), Mimi: Licia Albanese (soprano), NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini (conductor)

    • RCA GD 60288CD 1 Tks 8-11.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.1: 2nd movement

    Performers: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra , Rafael Kubelik (conductor) -

    • DG 449 735-2 Tk 26’54”.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlesienne (Orchestral Suite No.1, Incal music: 1872 , Pastorale, entracte and chorus Ac

    Performers: Chorus of Lyon National Opera, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    • NAÏVE V5130Tks 5-8, 9, 15, 16, 14.
  • Ernest Bloch


    Performers: George Neikrug (cello), The Symphony of the Air, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

    • EMI ZDMB 565427-2CD 2 Tk 7.


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