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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Paul Morley

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love the Cello; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: conductor Marc Minkowski; Rob's Essential Choice: Gounod: St Cecilia Mass.

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: spot the theme linking three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth.

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 panellist 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.

This week's Essential Choices are all works written in honour of St. Cecilia.
St Cecilia Mass
Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Gerhard Stolze (tenor)
Hermann Uhde (bass)
Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
Igor Markevitch (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in D flat Op.27 No.2

    Performer: Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Faust: Les Nubiennes

    Orchestra: Orchestre de National de L’Opera National de Paris. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
    • EMI.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Sonata No.1 a 8

    Performer: Mark Bennett. Performer: Michael Laird. Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op 28

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • DG.
  • 5 reasons to love the cello

    • Claude Debussy

      Cello Sonata in D minor

      Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
  • anon

    Musical Challenge - Find the Fourth

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fidelio Overture

    Conductor: Rudolf Kempe. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
  • anon

    Musical Challenge - Find the Fourth

  • William Walton

    Crown Imperial coronation march

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Giunse alfin il momento (The Marriage of Figaro)

    Singer: Sandrine Piau. Orchestra: Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
    • NAIVE.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite no. 1 in A major HWV.426 for keyboard - 1720: Gigue

    Performer: Richard Egarr.
    • Handel: 8 'Great' Suites for Keyboard.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Paul Morley's Choice No. 1

    • Brian Eno

      French Catalogues - variations on the canon in D Minor by Johan Pachelbel

      • EG MUSIC.
  • Paul Morley's choice No. 2

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      String Quartet No.2 in A Major – Overture: moderato con moto

      Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
      • VIRGIN.
  • Artist of the week: Marc Minkowski

    • Jacques Offenbach

      La Belle Helène: Overture

      Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble.
      • VIRGIN.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet K155

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Flying Dutchman - Overture

    Conductor: Marc Minkowski. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre.
    • NAIVE.
  • Essential Choice

    • Charles‐François Gounod

      St Cecilia Mass

      Choir: Czech Philharmonic Chorus. Singer: Irmgard Seefried. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Gerhard Stolze. Singer: Hermann Uhde. Conductor: Igor Markevitch.
      • DG.

Musical Challenge - Find the Fourth

The answer: Susan


The music played:


Peter and the Wolf
Royal philharmonic Orchestra
Andre Previn (conductor)
TELARC CD-80126   

Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III: “Spargi d’amore pianto”
Joan Sutherland (soprano)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Richard Bonynge (conductor)
DECCA  410 193-2  

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