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Friday - Rob Cowan with Richard Stilgoe

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Vocal Chamber Music; Musical challenge; Artists of the Week: The Jerusalem Quartet; Essential Choice: Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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

Christ on the Mount of Olives
Judith Raskin (soprano)
Richard Lewis (tenor)
Herbert Beattie (bass)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 21 in E minor

    Music Arranger: Antonín Dvořák. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • DECCA.
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière

    Holiday at Ferghana, op.75

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Vocal Chamber Music

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      From Jewish Folk Poetry,Op.79

  • Jean Sibelius

    Oceanides, op.73

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI CDM.
  • Norbert Burgmüller

    Duo for clarinet and piano, Op.15

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • EMI CZS.
  • Richard Stilgoe's Choice No. 1

    • Tom Lehrer


  • Rob's Choice for Richard Stilgoe

    • Nicolò Paganini

      Introduction and Variations on ‘Dal tuo stellato soglio’ from Rossini’s Mosè

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Ferguson Webster.
      • EMI.
  • Thomas Damett

    Salve porta paradisi for 3 voices [Old Hall MS no.54]

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Gordon Jones. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Singer: David James. Singer: John Potter. Singer: Paul Hillier. Singer: Ashley Stafford. Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • The Old Hall Manuscript: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • EMI.
    • 24.
  • Thomas Damett

    Salve porta paradisi

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
  • Artist of the Week: Jerusalem Quartet

    • Johannes Brahms

      String Quartet in A minor, Op.51 No.2

      Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
  • Essential Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Christ on the Mount of Olives

      Singer: Richard Lewis. Singer: Judith Raskin. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Singer: Herbert Beattie. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy. Choir: Temple University Chorus.
      • CBS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Meeresstille, D.216

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Hans Hotter.
    • EMI.


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