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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Artist of the Week: Martha Argerich. Schumann: Kinderszenen. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3; Essential Choice: Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra.

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 a selection from Schumann's Kinderszenen and in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3.

10.30am
The Essential Classics guest this week is science writer, broadcaster and professor of genetics Prof. Steve Jones. Today he shares with Rob the work that first sparked his interest in classical music, and a piece he'd love to play if he were a virtuoso.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice.

R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Op.30
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner (conductor)
RCA 09026 6149429am
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 a selection from Schumann's Kinderszenen and in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3.

10.30am
The Essential Classics guest this week is science writer, broadcaster and professor of genetics Prof. Steve Jones. Today he shares with Rob the work that first sparked his interest in classical music, and a piece he'd love to play if he were a virtuoso.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice.

R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Op.30
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner (conductor)
RCA 09026 614942.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Louis Couperin

    Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins (18th ordre, Pieces de clavecin)

    Performers: Bruno Procopio (harpsichord)

    • PARATY 409 212.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture: Benvenuto Cellini

    Performers: Staatskapelle Dresden, Colin Davis (conductor)

    • RCA 09026687902.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    2 Scottish folk songs: Faithfu' Johnie op 108 no 20; Come Fill, Fill, my Good Fellow op 10

    Performers: Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone), Trio Fontenay

    • PHILIPS 442 784 2.
  • 9.19: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Foulds

      April – England

      Performers: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      • PHILIPS 442 8416.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon and Gigue in D

    Performers: Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel (director)

    • DG 477 8299.
  • 9.35: Artist of the Week - Martha Argerich

    • Robert Schumann

      Wichtige Begebenheit; Träumerei; Am Kamin; Ritter vom Steckenpferd (nos 6 – 9 of Kindersze

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano)

      • EMI 094045 2.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Jubel Overture

    Performers: Hallé Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (conductor)

    • IMP PCD1105.
  • 9.55: Artist of the Week - Martha Argerich

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Piano Concerto no 3 in C op 26

      Performers: Martha Argerich (piano), Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit (conductor)

      • EMI 094034 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 865 from Bk 1 of the Well Tempered Klavier

    Performers: Pierre Hantai (harpsichord)

    • MIRARE MIR 9930.
  • 10.30: Steve Jones' Choices

    • Sullivan

      When a felon's not engaged in his employment (A policeman's lot is not a happy one)

      Performers: Sergeant of Police: Owen Brannigan (bass), The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Isidore Godfrey (conductor)

      • LONDON 425 196 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C minor K 457

    Performers: Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

    • PHILIPS 412 617 2.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Also sprach Zarathustra op 30

      Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)

      • RCA 09026 614942.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Salve Regina

    Performers: Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi (violin & director)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 363340 2.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Sonata for organ in B flat op 65 no 4

    Performers: Wouter van den Broek (organ of the Old Church, Delft)

    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94212.

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