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Friday - Rob Cowan with Cerys Matthews

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Vienna; Brahms Experience: Brahms: Rhapsodies, Op 79; Rob's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty (conclusion).

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. This week his guest is singer, songwriter, author and broadcaster Cerys Matthews.

A selection of music including Rob's Essential CD of the Week: Vienna - a collection of waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family with Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Relative Values
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

Rob is joined by Cerys Matthews, who shares a selection of her favourite classical music. A founder member of Welsh rock band Catatonia, Cerys has since enjoyed a successful solo career and is now a popular broadcaster and author. She talks to Rob about the influence that classical music has had on her life, and about her role as an ambassador for the BBC initiative Ten Pieces, which aims to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music.

Rob celebrates the performers who reveal the emotion in Brahms' great works, as part of Radio 3's Brahms Experience.
Rhapsodies, Op.79
Van Cliburn (piano)

Rob's Essential Choice
This week Rob's Essential Choices at 11am are inspired by the BBC's Ten Pieces season. He takes listeners on a musical journey, each day recommending a work that's connected to one of the Ten Pieces.

Steve Reich
Clapping Music
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Sleeping Beauty (conclusion)
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    "Fin ch'han dal vino"

    Ensemble: Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
    • Pentatone.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Russian Easter Festival Overture

    Conductor: Igor Markevitch. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
    • Philips.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Romance in F, Op.118 No.5

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
    • RCA.
  • Essential CD of the Week

    • Josef Strauss

      Village Swallows

      Conductor: Fritz Reiner. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
      • RCA Living Stereo.
  • anon

    Relative Values

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Silent Woods

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Anna Polonsky.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in F minor BWV1056

    Performer: Nick Van Bloss. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: David Parry.
    • Nimbus Alliance.
  • Michael Haydn

    Symphony in E flat major, P 26

    Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Hans‐Peter Frank.
    • BIS.
  • Cerys Matthews' Choice No. 1

    • John Tavener

      The Lamb

      Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: Martin Neary.
      • Sony.
  • Cerys Matthews' Choice No. 2

    • Gaetano Donizetti

      Don Pasquale (excerpt)

      Singer: Juan Oncina. Conductor: István Kertész. Choir: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. Orchestra: Vienna State Opera Orchestra.
      • Decca.
  • Rob's Choice for Cerys Matthews

    • gomez

      Bidu Sayao: Gentil del cuore

      Singer: Bidu Sayão.
      • Naxos.
  • Edward Elgar

    Caractacus, Op.35 (Triumphal March)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Elgar: Orchestral Works: Sir Adrian Boult.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 9.
  • Artist of the Week - Great Brahmsian Performers

    • Johannes Brahms

      Rhapsodies, Op.79

      Performer: Van Cliburn.
      • Melodiya.
  • Steve Reich

    Clapping Music

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Teldec.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Sleeping Beauty (conclusion) Nos. 28-30

    Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major K364

    Performer: Rainer Kussmaul. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Wolfram Christ.

Musical Challenge - Relative Values

The relationship was brothers.

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