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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Bonnie Greer

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Concert Overtures; Artist of the Week: Maria Joao Pires; Essential Choice: Rozsa: El Cid (Suite of the film music).

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Concert Overtures'. Throughout the week Rob offers a selection of his favourite overtures which were composed specifically for the concert hall. His choice includes music by Szymanowski, Dvorak, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Recording Rewind: Take part in our daily musical challenge and see if you can identify the piece of music played in reverse.

Rob's guest this week is playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer. Originally from Chicago, now living in London, she is an award-winning playwright having gained a Verity Bargate Award and an OBE for her contribution to the arts in 2010. She has appeared regularly on Newsnight Review and has served on the boards of many leading arts organisations, including the Royal Opera House and the British Museum. She is a self-professed classical musical fan and wrote an opera in 2011 inspired by her appearance alongside BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time.

This week Rob's Artist of the Week is Maria Joao Pires, one of the finest pianists of her generation, whose performances are celebrated for their integrity, eloquence, and vitality. Rob showcases her recordings of works by the great classical and romantic composer/pianists, including Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

Rob's Essential Choice
El Cid (Suite of the film music)
MGM Studio Orchestra
Miklos Rozsa (Conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Country Dance

    Orchestra: Det Norske Kammerorkester. Conductor: Iona Brown.
    • Grieg: Holberg Suite; Nielsen: Music For Strings.
    • 45224.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Quartet in G major for violin, recorder, oboe and continuo, TWV 43:G6

    Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa.
    • MDG.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Trois Morceaux, Op.52

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (piano).
  • Francis Poulenc

    Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

    Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Capriccio on the departure of his beloved brother

    Performer: Wanda Landowska.
    • RCA.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Gayaneh: Sabre Dance; Ayesha’s Dance; Lezghinka

    Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • John Adams

    Nixon in China; Act 1 Scene 1 (opening)

    Conductor: Edo de Waart. Choir: Chorus of St Luke’s. Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata in A major, Op.30 No.1

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Performer: Augustin Dumay.
    • DG.
  • Ilse Weber

    Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Performer: Bebe Risenfors. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Ilse Weber


    Performer: Bebe Risenfors. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Rosza

    El Cid (Suite): Overture; Love Scene; March (entr’acte)

    Conductor: Miklós Rózsa. Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme: conclusion to Act I

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Mirella Freni. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Wagner

    Die Meistersinger von Nüremburg: overture

    Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Arturo Toscanini.
    • MUSIC & ARTS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Trio Sonata in B flat, Op.2 No.3

    Ensemble: Brook Street Band.

Recording Rewind

Gayaneh: Sabre Dance
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)


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