Rob Cowan presents musical responses to the weather, by Christian Sinding, Vaughan Williams, Poulenc and Offenbach. Plus a Bach cantata: Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV116.
From Debussy's evocation of the West Wind to lighter breezes depicted by Mendelssohn, Rob Cowan's selection today focuses on the way composers have responded to the weather. Among the composers featured are Christian Sinding and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other major pieces include Poulenc's D minor Concerto for Two Pianos, and the Offenbach ballet music Gaîté Parisienne. This week's Bach Cantata is Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ (Thou Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ), BWV 116, in a recording by the Bach Collegium Stuttgart directed by Helmut Rilling.