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Wednesday - 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: Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat.

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.

Classical Consequences
Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the story and tell us what happens next.

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.
Piano Sonata in B flat, D960
Klara Wurtz (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jacques Offenbach

    Gaite Parisienne: Overture

    Music Arranger: Manuel Rosenthal. Orchestra: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Kunzel.
    • TELARC.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmen Suite No 2 (Nocturne)

    Performer: David Nadien. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 2 in F

    Conductor: Jan Willem de Vijand. Ensemble: Combattimento.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Dance (From the Bavarian Highlands)

    Performer: Iain Farrington. Choir: Cambridge University Chamber Choir. Director: Christopher Robinson.
    • NAXOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso, Op 66

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia in G major, BWV 572

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • DG.
  • Susan Hill's Choice No. 1

    • Edward Elgar

      Cello Concerto: Lento - Allegro

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Julian Lloyd Webber. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
      • Philips.
  • Susan Hill's Choice No. 2

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11: Rondo Vivace

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Performer: Lang Lang.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Königskinder (Concert Overture)

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Anton Rickenbacher.
    • Virgin.
  • Essential Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Sonata in B flat, D.960

      Performer: Klára Würtz.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto Op.7 No.5 in G minor

    Performer: Herbert Tachezi. Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien.

Musical Challenge - Classical Consequences

What happened next..?


“Well, at the next opportunity, Bach cut his improvisations comically short – resulting in yet another reprimand, and no doubt causing much tittering in the pews.”


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