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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Saint-Saens: Bacchanale (Samson and Delilah); Sibelius: Violin Concerto (with Viktoria Mullova); Essential Choice: Grieg: Peer Gynt (excerpts).

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 must-hear music including the Bacchanale of Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah from the Essential CD of the Week: Sir Thomas Beecham French Music

A daily brainteaser and the Artist of the Week violinist Viktoria Mullova performs Sibelius' Violin Concerto (Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa)

As part of British Food Fortnight, the Essential Classics guest is restaurateur and chef Rick Stein. Today he introduces a piece of film music which has particularly affected him and music which makes him glad to be alive.

Rob's Essential Choice

Peer Gynt: a selection from the incidental music Wendy White (mezzo-soprano; Anitra) Urban Malmberg (baritone; Peer Gynt) Mari-Anne Haeggander (soprano; Solveig) San Francisco Symphony & Symphony Chorus Herbert Blomstedt (conductor) DECCA 425 448-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Bacchanale Act III (Samson et Delila)

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

    • EMI 909932-2CD 3 Tk 11.
  • anon

    anon - Improvisation on an anonymous Jota

    Performers: Arianna Savall (harp [arpa doppia]), Pedro Estevan & Marc Clos (range of percussion)

  • Alexander Nikolayevich Tcherepnin

    Grand Waltz (Le Pavillon d'Armide, Op.29)

    Performers: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Viktor Fedotov (conductor)

    • OLYMPIA OCD 151 Tk 6.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne No.20 in C sharp minor, Op. posth.

    Performers: Maria Joao Pires (piano)

    • DG 447 096-2CD 2 Tk 10.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Fanfarinette(Suite in A)

    Arranger: Hekkerna. Performers: Les Cyclopes(Suite in D), Tambourin(Suite in D), Calefax Reed Quintet

    • MD&G 619 1374-2Tks 6, 14, 17.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    "Follie! Delirio vano è questo!... Sempre libera" (La Traviata)

    Performers: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano - Violetta), Frank Lopardo (tenor - Alfredo), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Georg Solti (conductor), DECCA 448 119-2 CD 1 Tk 9

    • Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Violin Concerto

    Performers: Viktoria Mullova (violin), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 416 821-2Tks 4-6.
  • Miklós Rózsa - El Cid (Prelude, Palace Music, Battle of Calahorra, The Twins, Intermezzo

    Performers: Symphony Orchestra Graunke of Munich, Miklos Rosza (conductor)

  • Johann Strauss II - Die Fledermaus: Finale, Act I

    Performers: Eisenstein: Hermann Prey, Falke: Bernd Weikl, Orlofsky: Iwan Rebroff, Adele: Lucia Popp, Alfred: René Kollo, Roslinde: Julia Varady Ida: Evi List, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Carlos Kleiber (conductor)

  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt, Op.23 incal music

    Performers: Wendy White (mezzo-soprano; Anitra), Urban Malmberg (baritone; Peer Gynt), Mari-Anne Haeggander (soprano; Solveig), San Francisco Symphony & Symphony Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    • DECCA 425 448-2Tks 2, 4-5, 7-8, 10-15, 19.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto Op.7 No.3 in B flat, HWV308

    Performers: Simon Preston (organ), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

    • ARCHIV 469 358-2 CD 2 Tks 11-14.


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