Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Monday - Rob Cowan with Richard Stilgoe

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Vocal Chamber Music; Musical challenge: Mapping the Music; Artists of the Week: Jerusalem Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Bach: Magnificat.

With Rob Cowan and his guest Richard Stilgoe.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Vocal Chamber Music'. Throughout the week Rob enjoys vocal quartets, sextets, duets and trios by Schubert, Brahms, Schumann and Shostakovich.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: Mapping the Music - identify the place evoked by the music.

Rob's guest this week is the songwriter, lyricist, and musician Richard Stilgoe. From writing musicals with Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats, Starlight Express, Phantom of the Opera) appearances on Nationwide and That's Life and working as a double act with Peter Skellern - music has been at the heart of Richard's career. Richard will be sharing his favourite classical music every day at 10am.

This week Rob features recordings by the Jerusalem Quartet. Former BBC New Generation Artists, the quartet has been carving out a remarkable reputation in both string quartet and chamber music repertoire. Rob showcases their recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Schuann, Brahms and Shostakovich.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.


3 hours

Music Played

  • Jacques Offenbach

    Galop (Geneviève de Brabant)

    Orchestra: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Kunzel.
    • CD-80294.
    • TELARC.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in C minor, D 703, 'Quartettsatz'

    Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Vocal Chamber Music

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Wife Children and Friends from his Irish Songs & Constancy from his Welsh Songs

      Performer: Alessandro Moccia. Performer: Jérôme Hantaï. Performer: Sophie Daneman. Performer: Alix Verzier. Singer: Peter Harvey. Singer: Paul Agnew.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Fantasie in F minor, Op.49

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    O Waly, Waly; The Ash Grove

    Performer: Peter Pears. Performer: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Stilgoe's Choice No. 1

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Il Combattimento di Tancredi I Clorinda - Si dolce è 'l tormento

      Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm. Singer: Rolando Villazón. Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astrée.
      • ERATO.
  • Richard Stilgoe's Choice No. 2

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Rigoletto – Bella Figlia dell’amore

      Singer: Giuseppe di Stefano. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Tullio Serafin. Singer: Maria Callas. Singer: Tito Gobbi. Singer: Adriana Lazzarini.
      • Warner.
  • Artist of the Week: Jerusalem Quartet

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      String Quartet in B flat major, K.589

      Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
  • Essential Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Magnificat BWV243

      Performer: Francis Jacob. Singer: Anna Zander. Singer: Hans-Jörg Mammel. Singer: Stephan MacLeod. Singer: Maria Keohane. Director: Ricercar Consort. Conductor: Philippe Pierlot. Singer: Carlos Mena.
      • MIRARE.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Violin Sonata

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Performer: Itamar Golan.
    • DECCA.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Ballet Music

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.

Mapping the Music

The answer: Somerset


The music played:


Somerset Rhapsody Op.21 No.1
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Adrian Boult (conductor)


Our Classical Century

Our Classical Century

Radio 3 explores 100 key musical moments that shaped us, from 1918 to the present day.

Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.