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Thursday - Rob Cowan

Rob Cowan with a sequence of great music in classic recordings. Including the Essential CD of the Week and performances by Artist of the Week cellist Janos Starker.

A selection of must-hear music including Rene Clausen's Prayer from the Essential CD of the Week: a collection of choral works performed by the Coro Nacional de Cuba conducted by Digna Guerra.

A daily brainteaser and the Artist of the Week cellist Janos Starker: Tchaikovsky (Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33); Bach (Cello Suite No. 3). Also in this hour, Chopin's Nocturne in E, Op 62 No 2 performed by Stephen Hough.

As part of World Space Week, the Essential Classics guest is Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal. Today he introduces a favourite piece by a favourite composer and a piece that he believes should be more widely known.

Rob's Essential Choice

Piano Quintet Op.81
Rudolf Firkusny (piano)
Ridge Quartet
RCA RD60436.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Paul Dukas

    La Peri – Fanfare

    Performers: Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 8852 TRACK 1.
  • Poldini

    Valse et Etude Japonaises Op.27

    Performers: Noriko Ogawa (piano)

    • BIS CD 1045 TRACK 17.
  • Leó Weiner

    Hungarian Folkdance Suite, Op.18 – Finale

    Performers: Hugh Bean (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 6625 TRACK 9.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Russian Easter Festival Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.

    Performers: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kees Bakels (conductor)

    • BIS CD 1387 TRACK 12.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.33

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti (conductor)

    • MERCURY 4756608 TRACK 5.
  • Louis Couperin

    Les Concerts Royeaux - Troisieme Concert Movts 1-4

    Performers: Les Concerts de Nations, Jordi Savall (director)

    • ALIA VOX AV9480 TRACKS 12-15.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E Op.62 No.2

    Performers: Stephen Hough (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA 67764 TRACK 8.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 3

    Performers: Janos Starker (cello)

    • MERCURY 4327562 CD 1 TRACKS 13-18.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro, Op.47

    Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

    • EMI 5753072 TRACKS 5-7.
  • Marlow

    Advent Responsory

    Performers: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow (director)

  • Grigoras Dinicu

    Hora staccato

    Performers: Isaac Stern (violin), Alexander Zakin (piano)

    • SONY SMK 64 536 TRACK 15.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Quintet, Op.81

    Performers: Firkusny, Ridge Quartet

    • RCA RD60436 TRACKS 1-4.
  • John Taverner

    In Nomine

    Performers: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ)

    • ECM 439 1722 TRACK 17.
  • Zelenka

    Concerto a 8 concertanti (in G)

    Performers: Collegium 1704, Vaclav Luks (conductor)

    • SUPRAPHON 35822 TRACKS 10-12.


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