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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including conductor Herbert Blomstedt in Brahms: Schicksalslied and Mozart: Symphony No 38. Plus Rob's Essential Choice: Schubert: String Quartet in G, D887.

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

A daily brainteaser and a recording of our Artist of the Week conductor Herbert Blomstedt in Brahms (Schicksalslied) and Mozart (Symphony No.38, Prague).

The Essential Classics guest is journalist and author Matthew D'Ancona, one of the judges on this year's Booker Prize panel. Today he introduces a piece of film music that has particularly affected him and music he'd like played at his funeral.

Rob's Essential Choice.

Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy.
USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor).
BBC Legends BBCL4121-2

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Les Sylphides: Waltz, Op.70 No.1

    Performers: Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler (conductor)

    • RCA 09026 63532-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in F major, Op.10 No.2

    Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

    • RCA 88697 685272.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and Allegro

    Performers: Melos Ensemble

    • EMI ICON 918514-2.
  • Hubert Parry

    I was glad

    Performers: Choir of Westminster Abbey, Iain Simcock (organ), Martin Neary (conductor)

    • IMP PCD919.
  • Bach arr. Loussier

    Air on a G string (Suite No.3 in D major)

    Performers: Jacques Loussier Trio

    • DECCA 157 562-2.
  • Artist of the Week: Herbert Blomstedt

    • Johannes Brahms

      Schicksalslied, Op.17

      Performers: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

      • DECCA 430 281-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.38 'Prague'

    Performers: Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    • DENON 38C37-7146.
  • Matthew d'Ancona's Choices

    • Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

      Philharmonia Orchestra

      Performers: Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

      • EMI 512038-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.9: finale

    Performers: Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Birgit Remmert (alto), Steve Davislim (tenor), Detlef Roth (bass), Schweizer Chamber Choir, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, David Zinman (conductor)

    • ARTE NOVA 74321 65411-2.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    The Poem of Ecstasy

    Performers: USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

    • BBC Legends BBCL4121-2.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Mittwoch (Scherzi Melodichi)

    Performers: Ensemble Delirio

    • CAPRICCIO C5057.
  • Brahms orch. Rubbra

    Variations on a theme of Handel, Op.24

    Performers: Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (conductor)



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