Thursday - Rob Cowan with Susan Hill
With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love: violin miniatures; Musical challenge: Find the Fourth; Artist of the Week: Belcea Quartet; Essential Choice: Mahler: Adagio (Symphony No 10).
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.
Find the Fourth
Take part in our daily challenge: spot the theme linking three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth.
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.
Adagio (Symphony No. 10)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor).
5 Reasons to love... Violin Miniatures
Susan Hill's Choice No. 1
Susan Hill's Choice No. 2
Artists of the Week: Belcea Quartet
Musical Challenge - Find the Fourth
The music played:
Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
Guido Cantelli (conductor)
Bryn Terfel (baritone)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Katarina Karneus (mezzo-soprano)
Roger Vignoles (piano)