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Thursday - Rob Cowan

Rob Cowan shares great music and performances. Including the Essential CD of the Week featuring recorder player Michala Petri, and Artist of the Week Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: The recorder player Michala Petri plays baroque Concertos and Sonatas: RCA 88697672632

A daily brainteaser and performances by our Artist of the Week, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

In the week of Burns Night, the Essential Classics guest is the Scottish poet and novelist Jackie Kay who introduces her essential pieces of classical music.

Rob's Essential Choice

Monique Haas (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arnold Cooke

    Jabez and The Devil - The Devil's Dance

    Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Braithewaite (conductor)

    • LYRITA SRCD 2337.
  • Johann Strauss II - Mephisto's Hollenrufe, Waltz, Op. 101

    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

  • 9.10: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sonata in E flat major BWV1031 (transposed to G major)

      Performers: Michala Petri (alto recorder), Keith Jarrett (harpsichord)

      • RCA 88697672632.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Libuse Overture

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10518.
  • 9.30: Artist of the Week - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

    • Franz Schubert

      Winterreseise D.911 - Die Post; Tauschung

      Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Daniel Barenboim (piano)

      • DG 4635012.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    English Folksong Suite

    Performers: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

    • EMI CFP 75760.
  • 9.45: Artist of the Week - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

    • Franz Liszt

      Petrarc Sonnets S.270 No.123 - No.1 Benedetto sia 'l giorno

      Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Jorg Demus (piano)

      • DG 4635082.
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski

    Fantaisie Polonaise in G minor Op.19

    Performers: Earl Wild (piano), The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler

    • IVORY CLASSICS 77003.
  • Trad.

    Deep River

    Performers: Jascha Heifetz (violin) and Milton Kaye (piano)

    • MCA 42212.
  • Béla Bartók

    Bluebeard's Castle - Door 7

    Performers: Duke Bluebeard: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Judith: Julia Varady (soprano), Bavarian State Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)

    • DG 4232362.
  • 10.30: Jackie Kay's Choices

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Double Violin Concerto BWV1043

      Performers: Daniel Hope & Marieke Blankestijn (violins), Chamber Orchestra of Europe

      • WARNER CLASSICS 2564 62545-2.
  • Trad.

    Joe Hill

    Performers: Paul Robeson (bass), Lawrence Brown (piano)

    • PEARL GEMM CD9264.
  • Gardner

    From the Canebrake

    Performers: Jascha Heifetz (violin) and Milton Kaye (piano)

    • MCA 42212.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Maurice Ravel


      Performers: Monique Haas (piano)

      • ERATO ECD 71570.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto No.1 in C RV181a

    Performers: The Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown (director)

    • DECCA 4481102.
  • John Taverner

    Ave Dei patris filia

    Performers: Alamire, David Skinner (director)

    • OBSIDIAN CD707.
  • Debussy (arr. Busser)

    Petite Suite

    Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor)



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