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Thursday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan. Including Artist of the Week: Alban Gerhardt. Frank Bridge: Oration for cello and orchestra, H180; Rob's Essential Choice: Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C, D944.

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 as soloist in Frank Bridge's Oration for cello and orchestra, H180.

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 No. 9 in C, D.944
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor)
DISKY DCL 705982.

3 hours

Music Played

  • György Ligeti

    Car Horn Prelude from Le Grand Macabre

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

    • SONY S2K 62312.
  • Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.559031.
  • Wolf

    Italian Serenade

    Performers: Hagen Quartet

    • DG 427 669-2.
  • 9.13: Rob's CD of the Week

    • Franz Schubert

      Der Einsame, D.800

      Performers: Barry McDaniel (baritone), Hertha Klust (piano)

      • AUDITE 23.426.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La Valse

    Performers: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 65204.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Naïs (Suite) – Entrée des Lutteurs et Chaconne; Tambourins

    Performers: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

    • GLOSSA GCD C81106.
  • MacMillan


    Performers: The Sixteen [soli: Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Christopher Royall (alto), Mark Dobell (tenor), Eamonn Dougan (bass)], Harry Christophers (conductor)

    • CORO COR16096.
  • George Frideric Handel

    La réjouissance, from Music for the Royal Fireworks

    Performers: The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • Philips 454 410-2.
  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Alban Gerhardt

    • Bridge

      Oration for cello and orchestra, H180

      Performers: Alban Gerhardt (cello), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor)

      • CHANDOS 10188.
  • 10.30: Alan Hollinghurst's Choices

    • Maurice Ravel

      Trois poèmes de Stephane Mallarmé

      Performers: Felicity Lott (soprano), Ensemble de Chambre de l'Orchestre de Paris, Michel Plasson (conductor)

      • EMI 5 69299 2.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Gavotte avec les Doubles de la Gavotte, from Suite in A minor, Nouvelles suites de pieces

    Performers: Robert Casadesus (piano)

    • PHILIPS 456 739-2.
  • 11am: Rob's Essential Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Symphony No. 9 in C, D.944

      Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

      • DISKY DCL 705982.
  • Johannes Brahms

    4 Songs for female voices, 2 horns and harp, Op.17 Nos. 1, 2 and 3

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir, Anthony Halstead, Christian Rutherford (french horns), Delyth Wynne (harp), John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • PHILIPS 475 7558.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Four Songs for female voices, two horns and harp, Op. 17 Nos. 1 & 4


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