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)