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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Artist of the Week: Martha Argerich. Chopin: Scherzo No 2. Schumann: Andante and Variations, Op 46; Essential Choice: Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: English Idylls - Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Neville Marriner (conductor) PHILIPS 442 8415.

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist Martha Argerich. Today we hear her in Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 Op. 31 and Schumann's Andante and Variations op. 46.

10.30am
The Essential Classics guest this week is science writer, broadcaster and professor of genetics Prof. Steve Jones. Today he discusses musical works that make him feel energized.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor S178
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
BBC BBCL41462.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Lecuona

    Andalucia

    Performers: Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra, Frederick Fennell (conductor)

    • MERCURY 434 349 2.
  • 9.03: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Gustav Holst

      Invocation for cello and orchestra

      Performers: Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 442 8417.
  • Falconiero

    Chaconne in G

    Performers: Daniel Hope & Lorenza Borrani (violins), Jonathan Cohen (cello), Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord), Stefan Maass & Stephan Rath (theorbos), Hans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen (baroque percussion)

    • DG 477 9165.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Schiffer D 536 (Mayrhofer); An die Laute D 905 (Rochlitz); An Silvia D 891 (Bauernfeld

    Performers: Olaf Bär (baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

    • EMI 754 773 2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Two Interludes from Falstaff

    Performers: Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Norman del Mar (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 2414.
  • 9.30: Artist of the Week - Martha Argerich

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Scherzo no 2 in B flat minor op 31

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

      • PHILIPS 456 704 2.
  • Vogler

    Overture to 'Erwin und Elmire'

    Performers: London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 10504.
  • 9.45: Artist of the Week - Martha Argerich

    • Robert Schumann

      Andante and Variations op 46

      Performers: Martha Argerich & Alexandre Rabinovitch (pianos), Natalia Gutman & Mischa Maisky (cellos), Marie-Luise Neunecker (horn)

      • EMI 557308 2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Ecco l'orrido campo…Ma dell' arido from Un Ballo in Maschera Act 2

    Performers: Martina Arroyo (soprano) New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

    • EMI 608512 2.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony for strings no 5 Wq 182

    Performers: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gustav Leonhardt (conductor)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 561 794 2.
  • 10.30: Steve Jones' Choices

    • Richard Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

      Performers: The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell (conductor)

  • Bhundu Boys

    Faka Puresha (Keep up the pressure – 'An Exhortation to work hard for satisfaction')

    Performers: Bhundu Boys

    • DISCAFRIQUE ARICD02.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Sonata in B minor S178

      Performers: Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

      • BBC BBCL41462.
  • 11.30:

    • Kabalevsky

      Violin Concerto in C op 48

      Performers: Gil Shaham (violin), Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

      • DG 457 064 2.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Sonata in G minor op 2 no 3 BuxWV261

    Performers: Capriccio Stravagante & Skip Sempe (harpsichord)

    • DHM 88697281822.

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