Rob Cowan explores how composers have been inspired by Italy, including Suppe, Handel, Duparc and Wolf. Plus Beethoven's Violin Sonata No 9 and Szymanowski's Symphony No 3.
Rob Cowan explores how various composers have been inspired by Italy, its atmosphere, legends and music. He plays works by Suppe, Handel, Duparc and Wolf, among others.
The week's Beethoven violin sonata is the Kreutzer, No 9, Opus 47. Rob's choice of recording is by Henryk Szeryng (violin), and Claudio Arrau (piano).
In his final hour, he focuses on the first of a short series of lesser-known symphonies, with Szymanowski's Symphony no 3, Song of the Night.