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Monday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Nielsen's Helios Overture and Mendelssohn's Symphony's No 4 conducted by Herbert Blomstedt; guest Matthew d'Ancona; Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: The Melos Ensemble, Music among Friends - EMI 918514-2.

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt in Nielsen (Helios Overture) and Mendelssohn (Symphony No.4, Italian).

The Essential Classics guest is journalist and author Matthew D'Ancona, one of the judges on this year's Man Booker Prize panel. Today he introduces the piece which first stimulated his interest in classical music and music that makes him laugh.

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor.
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arthur Benjamin

    Jamaican Rumba

    Performers: Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Carmen Dragon (conductor)

    • EMI CDM763734-2.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Capriccio espagnol, Op.34

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 442 643-2.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantaisiestücke, Op.73

    Performers: Melos Ensemble

    • EMI ICON 918514-2.
  • Beethoven compl. Barry Cooper

    Symphony "No.10": Andante opening movement

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Wyn Morris (conductor)

  • Artist of the Week: Herbert Blomstedt

    • Carl Nielsen

      Helios Overture

      Performers: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

      • EMI CZS 569758-2.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No.4 in A major 'Italian'

    Performers: San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor) Composer: Britten Performers: Dejan Lazic (piano)

    • DECCA 460 643-2.
  • Matthew d'Ancona's Choice

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Mass in C minor: Credo & Et incarnatus est

      Performers: Soloists in the “Et incarnatus est”: Sylvia McNair (solo soprano), , Lisa Beznosiuk (flute), Anthony Robson (oboe), Alastair Mitchell (bassoon), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 420 210-2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Violin Concerto - the finale

    Performers: Nathan Milstein (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari (conductor) Composer: Liszt Performers: Stephen Hough (piano)

    • EMI ZDMF 764830-2CD 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on Greensleeves

    Performers: Sinfonia of London, John Barbirolli (conductor)

    • EMI CDC747537-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    "Ich will mein Herze schenken" (St Matthew Passion)

    Performers: Maria Stader (soprano), Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter (conductor)

    • DG 447 334-2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Froissart overture

    Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 566323-2.


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