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Wednesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Artist of the Week: violinist Isaac Stern; Rob's Essential Choice: Kodaly: Variations on a Hungarian Folksong (The Peacock).

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Balalaika Favourites - a classic recording from the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra: MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 4501352

9.30am
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, violinist Isaac Stern.

10.30am
In the first week of Lent, The Essential Classics guest is the Reverend Richard Coles who introduces his essential pieces of classical music.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Kodaly
Variations on a Hungarian Folksong (The Peacock)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf (conductor)
RCA 63309.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hans Gál

    Three preludes for piano Op.65 - No.3

    Performers: Leon McCawley (piano)

    • AVIE AV2064.
  • Richard Strauss

    Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Op.60 - The Dinner

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI 3393392.
  • 9.12: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Trad.

      Fantasy on Volga Melodies

      Performers: Osipov State Russian Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov (conductor)

      • MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 450136.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Fantasie in F Minor Op.49

    Performers: Artur Rubinstein (piano)

    • RCA RD89812.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in A flat Op.72 No.8

    Performers: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

    • CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA90210.
  • 9.40: Artist of the Week - Isaac Stern

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor BWV1041

      Performers: Isaac Stern (violin), English Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Schneider (conductor)

      • SONY 93017.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Le Rendex-vous de chasse

    Performers: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

    • CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA27708.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No.4 in D K.218

    Performers: Isaac Stern (violin), English Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Schneider (conductor)

    • SONY 66475.
  • 10.30: Richard Coles' Choices

    • Johannes Brahms

      Geistliches Lied Op.30

      Performers: Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDA 66389.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006

    Performer: Isabelle Faust.

    Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin)

    • PHILIPS 464673.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Zoltán Kodály

      Peacock Variations

      Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf (conductor)

      • RCA 63309.
  • Béla Bartók

    Three Hungarian Folk Tunes

    Performers: Jonathan Plowright (piano)

    • HYPERION CDA67903.
  • Trad.

    Muntanyes del Canigo & El Rossinyol

    Performers: Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9178.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.85 in B flat major 'La Reine'

    Performers: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet (conductor)

    • DECCA 4700622.

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