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Monday - Rob Cowan with Paul Morley

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love the Cello; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski; Rob's Essential Choice - Purcell: Ode: Hail! Bright Cecilia.

A selection of music including '5 Reason to Love...the cello.' Rob showcases works for the cello by Pergolesi, Debussy, Bach, Schumann and Boccherini and shares recordings by celebrated performers including Janos Starker, Emanuel Feuermann and Mischa Maisky as he explores just what it is that makes the cello so special.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

Rob's guest this week, sharing his favourite classical music every day at 10am, is music journalist Paul Morley. Paul first made a name for himself working for the music magazine, New Musical Express. He co-founded the record label Zang Tumb Tuum, was a founder member of the group Art of Noise and was instrumental in the success of the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Though known primarily for his work as a rock 'n' roll journalist, Paul has also documented his conversion to classical music. He has published several books about music, including a work about the history of pop, has written for numerous publications including The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph and has also worked as a TV broadcaster, presenting BBC Two's The Late Show and featuring as a regular panelist on The Review Show.

This week's featured artist is the French conductor Marc Minkowski. Though he is best known as a champion of French Baroque and Classical repertoires, Minkowski is also renowned for his interpretations of later masterpieces with leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Dresden Staatskapelle.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.
Ode: Hail! Bright Cecilia.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Suite for keyboard no. 5 (Z.666) in C major, Pt.3; Corant [Z.665`3]

    Performer: John Henry.
    • The Harpsichord: John Henry.
    • Victoria.
  • Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Dardanus: Prologue – Premier Tambourin; Deuxieme Tambourin

      Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Franz Schubert

    Overture in the Italian Style in C major, D 591

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    ‘Tre giorni son che Nina’ (from Nina)

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Performer: János Starker.
    • WARNER.
  • 5 Reasons to love... the Cello

    • CPE Bach

      Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4

      Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • DG.
  • anon

    Recording Rewind

  • Sir James MacMillan

    Cecilia virgo

    Choir: Royal Holloway Choir. Conductor: Rupert Gough.
  • anon

    Recording Rewind

  • Jules Massenet

    Phedre Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestre de l'Opéra-Comique de Paris. Conductor: Albert Wolff.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the Priest

    Orchestra: Choir of the King’s Consort. Choir: Choir of the King’s Consort.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A minor, Op 7 No 2

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Chopin: Mazurkas - 1, Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Helios.
    • 6.
  • Paul Morley's Choice No. 1

    • György Ligeti

      Sonata for Solo Cello - Second movement, Capriccio

      Performer: Alisa Weilerstein.
      • Decca.
  • Paul Morley's Choice No. 2

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Symphony No. 6: Epilogue

      Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
      • EMI.
  • Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.100 in G 'Military'

      Orchestra: Musiciens du Louvre Orchestra. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • NAIVE.
  • Franz Schubert

    Wasserflut (Winterreise)

    Singer: Gerald Finley. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • Schubert - Winterreise.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Essential Choice

    • Henry Purcell

      Ode to St Cecilia

      Conductor: Andrew Parrott. Ensemble: Taverner Consort. Performer: Taverner Choir and Players.
      • VIRGIN.

Musical Challenge - Recording Rewind

The answer: Zadok the Priest

The music played:

Zadok the Priest
Choir of the King’s Consort
The King’s Consort
Robert King (conductor)


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