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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Monica Galetti

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Folk Dances; Artist of the Week: Hilliard Ensemble; Rob's Essential Choice: Brahms: Piano Trio No 1 in B, Op 8.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. His guest is the chef Monica Galetti.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... folk dances'. Throughout the week Rob enjoys works based on folk themes by Arnold, Grieg, Bartok and Bruch.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to three musical extracts, try and find a connection and see if you can suggest the missing fourth.

Rob's guest this week is the chef Monica Galetti. Well known for her role as a judge on the cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals, Monica is the Senior Sous Chef at top London restaurant Le Gavroche. Monica will be sharing her favourite classical music every day at 10am.

This week Rob features recordings by the vocal quartet The Hilliard Ensemble. Regarded as one of the world's finest vocal chamber groups, The Hilliards have established a formidable reputation both for their interpretations of early music and for their premieres of works by living composers. As they celebrate their 40th anniversary and prepare for their final performance, Rob showcases favourite recordings chosen especially by the members of the ensemble.

Rob's Essential Choice
Piano Trio No. 1 in B Op.8 (original version)
Odeon Trio.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jules Massenet

    Eau courante

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Léo Delibes

    Sylvia: Act III No.14a Marche; 14b Cortege de Bacchus

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturne for piano in D flat major [1892]

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • BIS.
  • 5 Reasons to love.. Folk Dances

    • Malcolm Arnold

      Scottish Folk Dances, Op. 59

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Arnold.
      • LYRITA.
  • Johann Joseph Fux

    Synfonia a 3

    Ensemble: Clemencic Consort. Director: René Clemencic.
  • Edward German

    Nell Gwyn music

    Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Seven Last Words from the Cross – Sonata VII

    Performer: John McCabe.
    • DECCA.
  • Monica Galetti's Choice No. 1

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto in G major for 2 mandolins, RV 532

      Performer: James Tyler. Performer: Robin Jeffrey. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Monica Galetti's Choice No. 2

    • Richard Strauss

      Le Bourgeous Gentilhomme: Das Diner

      Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
  • Jacqueline Burley

    Can it be true?

    Performer: Richard Pearce. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill. Lyricist: Susan Hill.
  • Artists of the Week: The Hilliard Ensemble

    • Gesualdo

      Holy Week Responsories: Feria VI Responsory No.6

      Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • DECCA.
  • Essential Choice

    • Johannes Brahms

      Piano Trio No. 1 in B Op.8 (original version)

      Ensemble: Odeon Trio.
      • CAPRICCIO.
  • Artists of the Week: The Hilliard Ensemble

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita No 2 in D minor for violin, BWV 1004 (Chaconne)

      Performer: Christoph Poppen. Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.

Find the Fourth

The connection was Prime Numbers and the answer was 7. We played excerpts from Borodin's String Quartet No. 2, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' and Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian', so the next number in the sequence is 7.


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