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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Richard Stilgoe

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Vocal Chamber Music; Musical challenge; Artists of the Week: The Jerusalem Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba.

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: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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.

Rob's Essential Choice

Belkis, Queen of Sheba
Philharmonia Orchestra
Geoffrey Simon (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anon.

    Petits rien

    Ensemble: Ensemble Allégorie.
    • ALPHA.
  • Julius Fucik


    Performer: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Vocal Chamber Music

    • Johannes Brahms


      Performer: Erik Werba. Performer: Günther Weissenborn. Singer: Waldemar Kmentt. Singer: Irmgard Seefried. Singer: Raili Kostia. Singer: Eberhard Wächter.
      • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Su tu m’ami

    Music Arranger: Alessandro Parisotti. Singer: Teresa Berganza. Performer: Ricardo Requejo.
    • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Toccata in C major, Op.7

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • SONY.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le Rouet d’Omphale

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Stilgoe's Choice No. 1

    • Christoph Willibald Gluck

      Che farò senza Euride (Orfeo ed Euridice)

      Performer: Janet Baker. Performer: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
      • Phillips.
  • Richard Stilgoe's Choice No. 2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F BWV 1047

      Performer: Michael Copley. Performer: Heinz Holliger. Performer: Pina Carmirelli. Performer: Guy Touvron. Orchestra: I Musici.
      • Phillips.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Caprice Basque

  • Artist of the Week: Jerusalem Quartet

    • Leos Janáček

      String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Pages'

      Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Belkis, Queen of Sheba

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Geoffrey Simon.
  • Essential Choice

    • George Frideric Handel

      Solomon: May peace in Salem ever dwell.. Will the sun forget to streak

      Singer: Elsie Morison. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No 6 in G major, Op 101

    Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Taubenpost

    Performer: Gerhard Husch (baritine) Gerald Moore (paino).


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