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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Artist of the Week: cellist Alban Gerhardt in Saint-Saens: The Swan; Allegro appasionato, Op 43; Rob's Essential Choice: Stravinsky: Symphony in C.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Barry McDaniel - Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Duparc and Debussy (AUDITE 23.426)

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, cellist Alban Gerhardt. Today we hear him in two chamber works by Saint-Saens (The Swan and Allegro appasionato for cello and piano, Op.43), and as soloist in Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129.

Rob Cowan's guest this week is the novelist Alan Hollinghurst, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty. Alan introduces his essential pieces of classical music.

Rob's Essential Choice

Symphony in C
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet (conductor)
DECCA 467 818-2.

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Ireland

    The Three Ravens

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in D flat, Op. 64 No. 1 ('Le petit chien')

    Performers: Artur Rubinstein (piano)

    • RCA GD60822.
  • Johann Strauss II - An der schönen, blauen Donau

    Performers: Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, Willi Boskovsky (conductor)

  • 9.12: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Wolf

      Wolf - Nimmersatte Liebe

      Performers: Barry McDaniel (baritone), Aribert Reimann (piano)

  • D'Indy

    Istar, variations symphoniques, Op. 42

    Performers: Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN10585.
  • 9.30: Artist of the Week - Alban Gerhardt

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      The Swan; Allegro appassionato for cello and piano, Op. 43

      Performers: Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cecile Licad (piano)

      • HYPERION CDA67831.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in E flat, Op. 9 No. 2

    Performers: Angeles Quartet

    • PHILIPS 464 650-2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4

    Performers: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

    • DG 00289 479 0029.
  • 10.05: Artist of the Week - Alban Gerhardt

    • Robert Schumann

      Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

      Performers: Alban Gerhardt (cello), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (conductor)

      • HYPERION CDA67583.
  • 10.30: Alan Hollinghurst's Choices

    • Duphly

      La Pothouïn

      Performers: Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901956.
  • Leos Janáček

    Intimate Letters, movement 3

    Performers: Smetana Quartet

    • SUPRAPHON C37S-7545.
  • Richard Wagner - Prelude to Act 3 of Die Meistersinger

    Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)

  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Symphony in C

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

      • DECCA 467 818-2.
  • Zelenka

    Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57

    Performers: Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock (conductor)

    • DHM 88697526842.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia Upon One Note (in 5 parts); Fantazia V (in 4 parts)

    Performers: Fretwork

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907502.
  • Ireland

    The Three Ravens

    Performers: Alfreda Hodgson (contralto), Alan Rowlands (piano)

    • LYRITA SRCD.2261.


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