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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Susan Hill

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love: violin miniatures; author Susan Hill; Artist of the Week: Belcea Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Sibelius: Tapiola, Op 112.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. This week his guest is the author Susan Hill.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love' violin miniatures, featuring
great romantic showpieces performed by star violinists Hagai Shaham, Nikolaj Znaider, Isaac Stern, Jascha Heifetz and Arthur Grumiaux.

Mystery Voice
Take part in our daily challenge and identify the character that is singing.

Especially for Halloween week, the author Susan Hill joins Rob in the studio. Susan's writing career has encompassed acclaimed literary novels, ghost stories, children's books, detective novels and memoirs. Her ghost story The Woman in Black was adapted into a successful film and is currently running as a play in the West End. Susan shares a selection of her favourite music with Rob.

Artist of the Week:
The Belcea Quartet performing quartets by Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' and Brahms' String Quintet, Op. 111.

This week's Essential Choices feature composers' final masterpieces, written at the end of their lives.
Tapiola, Op. 112
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vanska (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Miniature Overture (Nutcracker Suite Op.71a)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for String and Continuo in A, R.159

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Violin Miniatures

    • Henryk Wieniawski

      Polonaise Op. 4

      Performer: David Gortler. Performer: Nikolaj Znaider.
      • RCA.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Soir de fete, Op.32

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’

    Performer: Kun Woo Paik.
    • DECCA.
  • Susan Hill's Choice No. 1

    • Herbert Howells

      Like as the Hart

      Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Director: Stephen Darlington.
      • AVIE.
  • Susan Hill's Choice No. 2

    • John Ireland

      This week's guest, Susan Hill

      Choir: Lincoln Cathedral Choir. Performer: Charles Harrison. Director: Aric Prentice.
      • NAXOS.
  • Giuseppe Martucci

    Tarantella, Op 44 No 6

    Orchestra: Orchestra sinfonica di Roma. Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia.
    • Martucci: Complete Orchestral Music 2.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Artists of the Week: Belcea Quartet

    • Johannes Brahms

      String Quartet in G major, Op 111 No 2

      Performer: Thomas Kakuska. Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
      • EMI.
  • Essential Choice

    • Jean Sibelius


      Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
      • BIS.
  • Aleksander Zarzycki


    Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Vladimir Yampolsky.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No.26 in D 'Coronation', K.537

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.

Musical Challenge - Mystery Voice

The answer:


Elizabeth Schwarzkopf



The music played:


Morgen! Op 27 No. 4
Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
George Szell (conductor)


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