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Rob Cowan presents musical evocations of winter, by Rimsky-Korsakov, Leopold Mozart and Debussy among others. Plus Mozart and Szymanowski and the latest in a series of cantatas.

This week, Rob Cowan's regular J S Bach cantata turns out not to be by Bach, but by Telemann. The actual Bach cantata for this date in the Lutheran calendar is lost, but for many years, Das ist je gewisslich wahr (This is now the gospel truth) has been classified within the Bach cycle of sacred works as BWV 141.

Today Rob also celebrates winter dreams, composers' evocations of this season of the year. We hear works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Leopold Mozart and Debussy among others, and elsewhere in the programme are Mozart's Horn Concerto No, 1 in D major in the celebrated recording by Barry Tuckwell, and Szymanowski's Violin Concerto no, 2.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Dec 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Deidamia – Overture

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Richter

    • DG.
    • 457 903-2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Dies Irae

    Performer: Andrew-John Smith (Organ of La Madeleine, Paris)

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67922.
  • Jacques Ibert


    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux

    • EMI Classics.
    • 5 17639 2.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann (Attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach)

    Das ist je gewißlich wahr (This is now the gospel truth) BWV 141

    Performer: Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble, Wolfgang Helbich, Henning Voss, Ralf Grobe

    • CPO.
    • CPO 999985.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Polka Op. 7 No. 2 in F minor

    Performer: Walter Klien (piano)

    • Tuxedo.
    • TUXCD 1015.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Snow Maiden – Suite

    Performer: Malaysian P O / Kees Bakels

    • BIS.
    • BIS-CD-1667/8.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Vespers: Laudate Dominum

    Performer: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Colin Davis

    • Decca Eloquence.
    • 480 4964.
  • Leopold Mozart

    Musical Sleigh Ride

    Performer: Boston Pops Orchestra / Arthur Fiedler

    • DG Eloquence.
    • 480 6715.
  • Richard Strauss


    Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkpof (soprano), Glenn Gould (piano)

    • Sony.
    • 88725441362.
  • Claude Debussy

    Preludes Book 1 – Footsteps in the Snow

    Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

    • DG.
    • DG 449 438-2.
  • Hans Pfitzner

    Das Christelflein – Overture

    Performer: Munich Radio Orchestra, Kurt Eichhorn

    • Orfeo.
    • C 437 992 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise – Der Leiermann

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Alfred Brendel (piano)

    • Philips.
    • 464 739-2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi & Max Richter

    The Four Seasons: Winter

    Performer: Daniel Hope, Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra, André de Ridder

    • DG.
    • DG 481 0044.
  • Franz Liszt

    Weihnachtsbaum, S.186: Berceuse

    Performer: France Clidat (piano)

    • Decca.
    • 476 4090.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 1 "Winter Dreams": iii

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

    • Newton.
    • 8802036.
  • Selim Palmgren

    Sleigh Ride

    Performer: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam

    • Ondine.
    • ODE 1112-2.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    La bonne chanson – L'hiver a cessé (Winter has ended)

    Performer: Gérard Souzay (baritone), Dalton Baldwin (piano)

    • Philips.
    • 438 964-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring from Cantata BWV 147

    Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

    • Orfeo.
    • C 869 122 B.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Dream in E minor, Op. 24

    Performer: State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Svetlanov

    • Melodiya.
    • MEL CD 10 01993.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K412

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell (horn), London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag

    • Decca Eloquence.
    • 476 9700.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu D899 No. 3 in G flat

    Performer: Alfred Brendel (piano)

    • Decca.
    • 478 4226.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin: Tatyana's Letter Scene

    Performer(S): Galina Vishnevskaya, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Boris Khaikin

    • Melodiya.
    • 74321170902.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    King Roger: Roxana's Song

    Performer(S): Wanda Wilkomirska, Tadeusz Chmielewski

    • Polskie Nagrania.
    • PNCD 064.
    • 6.
  • Richard Strauss

    Arabella: Mandryka's proposal

    Performer(S): Lisa Della Casa

    • Decca.
    • 478 3704.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Art of the Fugue: Contrapunctus VII per Augmentation et Diminutionem

    Performer(S): Charles Rosen

    • Sony.
    • SB2K 63231.
    • 7.


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