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Thursday - 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: Britten: Hymn to St 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 today's music-related challenge. Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

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.
Hymn to St Cecilia
Cambridge Singers
John Rutter (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • anon

    Imperfect Harmony

  • anon

    Imperfect Harmony

  • Robert Schumann

    5 Stücke im Volkston Op.102 – Mit humor (3:09); Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu s

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Mischa Maisky.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Hymn to St Cecilia

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • Collegium.
  • John Cage

    In a landscape

    Performer: Herbert Henck.
    • ECM.
  • Muzio Clementi

    Piano Sonata in A major Op. 10 No. 1

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Gadfly (Galop)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 3 No 3

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Harold in Italy

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble. Performer: Antoine Tamestit. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Naive.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Saul og David (Act 2: Prelude)

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Carol Nielsen: Orchestral Music: DNSO, Dausgaard.
    • Dacapo.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Indes galantes (Chaconne)

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

    Belfagor - concert overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli.
    • EMI.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata (Kk.386) in F minor

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Acarlatti: 16 Sonatas Vol. 2 : Pletnev.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Pulcinella - Second movement (Serenata)

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Performer: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sony.
  • John Tavener

    Song for Athene

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D major, RV 124

    Orchestra: European Union Baroque Orchestra. Director: Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Salvator mundi

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.

Imperfect Harmony

The answer:

Song for Athene
Gabrieli Consort
Paul McCreesh (conductor)
DG 477 6605      0:47

Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’: Theme
Halle Orchestra
Mark Elder (conductor)


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