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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.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 4 May 2014 09:00

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    5 Melodies "de venisse" Op. 58

    Singer: Elly Ameling. Performer: Dalton Baldwin.
    • Faure: Melodies.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata BWV 10, 'Meine Seele erhebt den Herren'

    Singer: Elly Ameling. Singer: Helen Watts. Singer: Werner Krenn. Singer: Marius Rintzler. Choir: Wiener Akademie. Orchestra: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Münchinger.
    • Bach: Cantatas BWV 10, 51, 80, 140, 202.
    • Decca.
  • Moritz Moszkowski


    Performer: Bruno Canino.
    • Wie einst in schoner'n Tagen - Salonmusik der Belle Epoque.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Liszt


    Performer: Aldo Ciccolini.
    • Liszt: Les Annees de Pelerinage.
    • EMI.
  • Franz von Suppé

    Boccaccio: Overture

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Suppe: Overtures.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Henri Duparc

    Serenade florentine

    Singer: Léopold Simoneau. Performer: Allan Rogers.
    • Henri Duparc: 14 Songs.
    • Westminster.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G for flute and strings, Op. 10 No. 6, RV 437

    Performer: Severino Gazzelloni. Ensemble: I Musici.
    • Vivaldi: Concertos & Sonatas opp. 1-12 complete.
    • Newton.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo: 'Lascia ch'io pianga'

    Singer: Simone Kermes. Conductor: Isabella Longo. Orchestra: La magnifica comunità.
    • Simone Kermes: Dramma.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"

    Performer: Henryk Szeryng. Performer: Ingrid Haebler.
    • Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas Vol. 2.
    • Philips.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Symphony No. 3 'Song of the Night'

    Singer: Wiesław Ochman. Choir: Chór Polskiego Radia w Krakowie. Orchestra: Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jerzy Semkow.
    • Szymanowski: Orchestral Works.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Strauss I

    Erinnerung an Ernst oder Der Carneval in Venedig, Fantasie, op. 126

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Franz Welser‐Möst.
    • New Year's Concert 2013.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William Steinberg.
    • William Steinberg: The Disciplined Master Conductor.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Strauss

    Aus Italien Op. 16: iv - Neapolitan Folk Life

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
    • Richard Strauss Edition: Aus Italien,.
    • Brilliant.


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