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Birds and Birdsong

Rob Cowan presents music that explores the avian world of birds and birdsong, plus this week's Telemann cantata.

Rob Cowan's Sunday selection concerns itself with birds and birdsong, through the musical prism of such composers as Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Liszt. His theme and variations of the day are by Max Reger, in his variations and fugue on a theme of J. A. Hiller. The Telemann cantata this week is Deine Toten werden leben, TVWV 1:213.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 May 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • harmonised/orchestrated: Pablo Casals

    El Cant des ocells

    Performer: Pablo Casals (cello), Prades Festival Orchestra

    • CBS Masterworks.
    • Portrait MPK 46724.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Nachtigall, D.497

    Performer: Elly Ameling (soprano), Dalton Baldwin (piano)

    • Pentatone.
    • PTC 5186 132.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Bohemian-Danish Folk Tune

    Performer: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas

    • Finlandia.
    • 8573-81966-2.
  • Johann Adam Hiller

    Overture "The Hunt"

    Performer: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt

    • Gewandhaus.
    • VKJK 0507.
  • Richard Strauss, arr Percy Grainger

    Ramble on 'Love' (Der Rosenkavalier)

    Performer: Percy Grainger (piano)

    • Vanguard Classics USA.
    • OVC 8205.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Deine Toten werden leben (TVWV 1:213; Bärenreiter Nr. 28) (1725-26)

    Performer: Bergen Barokk, ensemble, Mona Julsrud, soprano, Frode Thorsen, recorder, Thomas Boysen, lute, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello, Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

    • Toccata Classics.
    • TOCC 074.
  • Frederick Delius

    Irmelin Prelude

    Performer: Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

    • Barbirolli Society.
    • SJB 1059-60.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Air autrichien 'A Schlüsserl und a Reindl'

    Performer: Wolfgang Schulz (flute), Rudolf Buchbinder (piano)

    • Warner Classics.
    • 2564 66074-5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflöte, Act 1: Der Vogelfängler bin ich ja

    Performer: Walter Berry (baritone), Philharmonia / Otto Klemperer

    • EMI.
    • 5 67388 2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Tasmin Little (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

    • Warner.
    • 2564 61730-2.
  • Franz Liszt

    Two Legends: St. Francis of Assisi Preaching To The Birds

    Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

    • Philips.
    • 456 867-2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto Op. 10 No. 3 in D, RV90 'Il Gardellino'

    Performer: Giovanni Antonini (recorder), Il Giardino Armonico

    • Teldec.
    • 9031-73267-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    To the Blackbird (from 26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155)

    Performer: Christopher Maltman (baritone), Marieke Blankenstun (violin), Usula Smith (cello), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    • DG.
    • 477 5133.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake, Act 2, No. 13d – Dance of the Little Swans

    Performer: London SO / Pierre Monteux

    • Philips.
    • 420 872-2.
  • François Couperin

    Le Rossignol-en-amour

    Performer: Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

    • Warner Classics.
    • 2564 64176-2.
  • Robert Schumann

    Waldszenen, Op. 82: Vogel als Prophet

    Performer: Fou Ts’ong (piano)

    • Meridian.
    • CDE 84490/1-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite for Solo Cello no 6 (Praeludium)

    Performer: Janos Starker (cello)

    • Mercury Living Presence.
    • 432 758-2.
  • Johann Gottlieb Graun

    Sinfonia Grosso in D

    Performer: Vienna Academy Orchestra, Martin Haselblock (conductor)

    • CPO.
    • 999 887 2.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Song of the Flea

    Performer: Boris Christoff (bass), French Radio National Orchestra / George Tzipine

    • EMI.
    • 6 82937 2.
  • Max Reger

    Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J. A. Hiller, Op. 100

    Performer: London S O / Carl Schuricht

    • BBC Legends.
    • BBCL 4213-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite for Solo Cello no 6 (Gigue)

    Performer: Janos Starker (cello)

    • Mercury Living Presence.
    • 432 758-2.


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