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Wednesday - 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: Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day.

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 and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

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.
Ode for St Cecilia's Day
Mary Bevan (soprano)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
Ludus Baroque
Richard Neville-Towle.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonio Salieri

    La scuola de’ gelosi: Sinfonia

    Orchestra: l’arte del mondo. Conductor: Werner Ehrhardt.
    • Onyx.
  • 5 reasons to love... the cello

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Adagio in A minor

      Performer: Franz Rupp. Music Arranger: Siloti-Casals. Performer: Emanuel Feuermann.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C major, BuxWV 137

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • Novalis.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
    • DG.
  • anon

    Mapping the Music

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)

    Music Arranger: Leopold Godowsky. Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Decca.
  • artist of the week: marc minkowski

    • Jean-Joseph de Mondonville

      Sonata Op. 3 No. 1

      Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • Archiv.
  • anon.

    Buenas Nuevas de Algeria

    Performer: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Mendelssohn

    Songs without Words in E minor, op.102 no.1

    Performer: Maria Grinberg.
  • Paul Morley's choice no. 1

    • Frank Bridge

      Phantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor

      Performer: Brian Hawkins. Ensemble: Tunnell Trio.
      • Lyrita.
  • Paul Morley's choice no. 2

    • Britten


      Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Performer: Stephen Bell. Director: Jacqueline Shave.
  • Grieg

    Solveig’s Song, from Peer Gynt

    Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vaclav Neumann.
  • Essential Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Symphony No.5, D485

      Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • Naive.
    • Handel

      Ode for St Cecilia's Day

      Singer: Mary Bevan. Singer: Ed Lyon. Ensemble: Ludus Baroque. Conductor: Richard Neville-Towle.
  • Bach

    Cello Suite no.1 in G, BWV 1007; Prelude

    Performer: Pierre Fournier.

Musical Challenge - Mapping the Music

The answer: Algeria


The music played:
L’italiana in Algeri        
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
DG 4316532  


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