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.
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.
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.
Sleeping Beauty (conclusion)
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor).
Essential CD of the Week
Cerys Matthews' Choice No. 1
Cerys Matthews' Choice No. 2
Rob's Choice for Cerys Matthews
Artist of the Week - Great Brahmsian Performers
Musical Challenge - Relative Values
The relationship was brothers.
The pieces were minuets from symphonies by Michael and Joseph Haydn.