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Rob Cowan - Serenades

Rob Cowan explores the serenade, with examples by Mozart, Bernstein and Silvestrov. Plus Vladimir Horowitz in themes and variations and a Telemann cantata: Machet die Tore weit.

"Serenade" is a well known term, but how well known is the music it describes? This morning Rob Cowan dips into the genre, with examples by composers as varied as Mozart, Bernstein and Silvestrov. Plus there are some celebrated recordings by Vladimir Horovitz introducing Rob's new mini-series of themes and variations for piano.

The week's Telemann cantata for the first Sunday in Advent is Machet die Tore weit (He maketh the gates wide) with Gunter Graulich directing Ensemble '76 Stuttgart with Barbara Ulrich (soprano), Heidi Reiss (contralto), Oly Pfaff (tenor), and Bruce Abel (bass).

2 hours, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Children's Corner: Serenade for the Doll

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Debussy: Orchestral Works.
    • Decca.
  • Frederick Delius


    Performer: Tamsin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Andrew Davis.
    • Tamsin Little: The Lark Ascending, etc..
    • Chandos.
  • George Gershwin

    Cuban Overture

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Sir Adrian Boult: The Complete Conductor.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Franz Schubert

    Schwanengesang: Standchen

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Horowitz at Home.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Cantata Machet die Tore weit

    Conductor: Gunter Graulich. Ensemble: Ensemble '76. Conductor: Wolfgang Rosch. Singer: Barbara Ulrich. Singer: Heidi Reiss. Singer: Oly Pfaff. Singer: Bruce Abel.
    • Machet die Tore weit, etc..
    • Carus.
  • Francis Chagrin

    Helter Skelter, Concert Overture

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Pritchard.
    • Decca.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenata Notturna (Serenade No. 6 Kv239)

    Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg. Conductor: Sándor Végh.
    • Mozart: Serenaden & Divertimenti.
    • Capriccio.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"

    Performer: Zino Francescatti. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Berstein Conducts Bernstein.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Ronald Binge

    Elizabethan Serenade

    Orchestra: Studio Two Concerto Orchestra. Conductor: Reginald Kilbey.
    • British Light Classics.
    • Classics for Pleasure.
  • Valentin Silvestrov


    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • Silvestrov: Orchestral Works.
    • Naxos.
  • David Popper


    Performer: Hillel Zori. Performer: Arnon Erez.
    • Cello Classics.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Grand'overtura 'obbligata a contrabasso'

    Orchestra: Prague Sinfonia Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Benda.
    • Rossini: Complete Overtures 3.
    • Naxos.
  • Josef Suk

    Elegie for Piano Trio, Op. 23

    Ensemble: Sukovo trio.
    • Supraphon.
  • Ferruccio Busoni

    Nine Variations on a Chopin Prelude

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Busoni: Late Piano Music.
    • Hyperion.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Navarra Op. 33

    Performer: Aaron Rosand. Performer: Eileen Flissler.
    • Aaron Rosand plays Sarasate.
    • Vox Allegretto.
  • Franz von Suppé

    Boccaccio: Florenz hat schone Frauen

    Singer: Hermann Prey. Singer: Anneliese Rothenberger. Orchestra: Graunke Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Michalski.
    • Strauss II: Wiener Blut, von Suppe: Boccacio.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Great Moments: Horowitz live at Carnegie Hall.
    • Sony Classical.
  • François Couperin

    Qu'on me dise & Douz liens de mon coeur

    Singer: Judith Nelson. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Premiers & Encores.
    • Lyrita.


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