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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Michael Frayn

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Schubert Lieder; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: conductor Simon Rattle; Rob's Essential Choice: Strauss: Metamorphosen.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. His guest is the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Schubert Lieder'. Throughout the week Rob enjoys songs by Schubert, with performers including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jonas Kaufmann and Margaret Price.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

Rob's guest this week is the writer Michael Frayn; a successful dramatist, novelist and translator, Michael started out as an award-winning journalist. Michael will be sharing his favourite classical music every day at 10am.

This week Rob features recordings by Sir Simon Rattle, widely considered to be one of the foremost conductors of his time. Radio 3 continues its celebrations of Rattle's 60th birthday. Rob showcases some of his favourite recordings by the conductor, including music by Haydn, Szymanowski, Bruckner and Shostakovich, and featuring the Berlin Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia.

Rob's Essential Choice

San Francisco Symphony
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

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Mystery Person

The soprano, Anna Netrebko.


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The Essential Classics Playlist

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Refresh your day with a great selection of classical music, picked by listeners.