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Friday - Rob Cowan with Susan Hill

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love: violin miniatures; author Susan Hill; Artist of the Week: Belcea Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Bach: Goldberg Variations (selection).

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 Person
Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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.
Goldberg Variations (selection)
Rosalyn Tureck (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Six Moments musicaux, D,780: No. 3 in F minor

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco

    Concerto in G major Op.6`5

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • WARNER.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Violin Miniatures

    • Joseph Joachim

      Hungarian Dances: 20 in D minor

      Performer: Hagai Shaham. Performer: Arnon Erez. Composer: Johannes Brahms.
      • HYPERION.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne 'In London Town', Op.40

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • TELDEC.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Farewell to Stromness

  • Aaron Copland

    Tender Land Suite (Introduction; Love Music)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Aaron Copland.
    • SONY.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Italian Girl in Algiers: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Slavonica. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • WARNER.
  • Henry Purcell

    Dido and Aeneas: Witches' Scene

    Singer: David Thomas. Choir: Chorus of The Academy of Music. Orchestra: Orchestra of The Academy of Music. Singer: Sara Stowe. Singer: Elisabeth Priday. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
  • Susan Hill's Choice No. 1

    • Joseph Haydn

      The Creation (excerpt)

      Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Dietrich Henschel. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
      • LSO LIVE.
  • Susan Hill's Choice No. 2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      "Zion hort die Wächter singen" (Wachet auf, BWV140)

      Conductor: Joshua Rifkin. Ensemble: The Bach Ensemble.
      • L'Oiseau Lyre.
  • Rob's Choice for Susan Hill

    • Jean Sibelius

      Lemminkaïnen Legends: Swan of Tuonela

      Conductor: Paavo Berglund. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sinfonia arr Steele-Perkins (Floridante)

    Performer: Crispian Steele‐Perkins. Orchestra: Armonico Consort.
    • Let The Bright Seraphim Works by J.S. Bach, Telemann, A.Scarlatti and Handel.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 19.
  • Artist of the Week

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet in A minor, D.810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

      Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
      • EMI.
  • Essential Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Goldberg Variations: Aria, Variations 22-30 and Aria da Capo

      Performer: Rosalyn Tureck.
      • DG.

Musical Challenge - Mystery Person


We have appeared in music by composers such as Berlioz, Humperdinck, Mendelssohn and Handel.
We are associated with a particular animal, a particular colour and a particular way of life.

We have been up Bald Mountain, and also conjured up a plan that broke the Queen of Carthage’s heart.








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