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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.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

10am
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.

10.30am
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.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Strauss
Metamorphosen
San Francisco Symphony
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)
DECCA.

3 hours

Music Played

  • anon

    Dit le Bourguynon

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune

    Music Arranger: Erwin Stein. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock. Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music Solists Ensemble.
    • Linn.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE... SCHUBERT LIEDER

    • Franz Schubert

      Die Forelle, D.550

      Performer: Irwin Gage. Singer: Gundula Janowitz.
      • DG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal (Prelude)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in D flat major, Op 27 No 2

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Peter Philips

    Ave verum corpus Christi

    Choir: Convivium Singers. Director: Norman Alexander.
    • Convivium Records.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Norfolk Rhapsody No 1 in E minor

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • EMI.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Octcego eto prezde ne znala (Iolanta)

    Singer: Anna Netrebko. Orchestra: Slovenska filharmonija. Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume.
    • DG.
  • MICHAEL FRAYN'S CHOICE NO. 1

    • Richard Strauss

      Rosenkavalier: Introduction, Scene 1

      Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
      • EMI.
  • MICHAEL FRAYN'S CHOICE NO. 2

    • Maurice Ravel

      String Quartet in F major - 2nd movement, Assez vif

      Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
      • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Standchen, D.889

    Performer: Felix Günther. Singer: Joseph Schmidt.
    • EMI.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SIMON RATTLE

    • Anton Bruckner

      Symphony No. 9: Finale (reconstructed)

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
      • EMI.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon à 10, S.137

    Performer: London Symphony Brass. Conductor: Eric Crees.
    • Gabrieli: Music for Brass Vol. 3.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • Essential Choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Metamorphosen

      Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
      • Decca.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45

    Performer: Louisa Stonehill. Performer: Nicholas Burns.
    • Nimbus Alliance.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sospiri, Op 70, for strings, harp and organ

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Elgar: The Music Makers: Short Pieces: BBC Symphony Orchestra / Davis.
    • Teldec.
    • 6.

Mystery Person

The soprano, Anna Netrebko.

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