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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

Rob Cowan shares great music, with the Essential CD of the Week, Artist of the Week and guest Martin Rees, astronomer royal, introducing his essential pieces of classical music.

9am
A selection of must-hear music including the Essential CD of the Week: a collection of choral works conducted by Digna Guerra.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, cellist Janos Starker: Faure (Elegie); Haydn (Cello Concerto No.2). Also in this hour, Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov) from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

10.30am
As part of World Space Week, the Essential Classics guest is Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal. Today he introduces music that makes him glad to be alive and a piece that he uses to relax to.

11.00
Rob's Essential Choice

Mozart
Quintet in G minor
Arthur Grumiaux (violin)
Georges Janzer (viola)
Eva Czako (cello)
Arpad Gerecz (violin)
Max Lesueur (viola)
PHILIPS 4709502.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Michael Praetorius

    Suite de Ballets - (Dances from Terpsichore 1612)

    Performers: Early Music Consort of London, David Munrow (director)

    • EMI CDM 7690242 TRACK 6.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    "Little' Fugue in G minor BWV578 (arr Stokowski)

    Performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.557883 TRACK 3.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Alborada del Gracioso

    Performers: Orchestra National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 5654232 TRACK 8.
  • Wilma Alba Cal

    5 Canciones - Pórtico; El canto quiere ser luz

    Performers: Chamber Choir Entrevoces, Digna Guerra (conductor)

    • MDG 60217042 TRACKS 13-14.
  • Franz Liszt

    Annees de Pelerinage Book II – Tarantella

    Performers: Jorge Bolet (piano)

    • DECCA 4256892 TRACK 13.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Élégie

    Performers: Janos Starker (cello), Philharmonia, Walter Susskind (conductor)

    • EMI 5684852 CD 6 TRACK 1.
  • Mussorgsky arr Rimsky-Korsakov

    Night on the Bare Mountain

    Performers: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

    • DG 4297852 TRACK 16.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces - Bellringing; Berceuse; Butterfly

    Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

    • DG 459 671 2 TRACKS 12 & 14.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK

    • Joseph Haydn

      Cello Concerto No. 2

      Performers: Janos Starker (cello), Philharmonia, Carlo Maria Giulini

      • EMI 5684852 CD 4 TRACK 1.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Octet - First movement

    Performers: Nash Ensemble

    • WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHL001 TRACK 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs - Beim Schlafengehen

    Performers: Lucia Popp (soprano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus Tennstedt (conductor)

    • EMI CDC 7470132 TRACK 3.
  • ESSENTIAL CHOICE

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Quintet in G minor

      Performers: Grumiaux Trio: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Georges Janzer (viola), Eva Czako (cello) + Arpad Gérecz (violin), Max Lesueur (viola)

      • PHILIPS 4709502 CD 2 TRACKS 5-8.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude & Fugue in G minor, BWV861

    Performers: Pierre Hantai (harpsichord)

    • MIRARE MIR 9930 CD 2 TRACKS 7 & 8.
  • Vanhal

    Symphony in G minor

    Performers: London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHANDOS CHAN9607 TRACKS 1-4.

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