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Monday - Rob Cowan with Geraldine James

With Rob Cowan. Including Reasons to Love Schumann songs; Musical challenge; Artists of the Week: the LaSalle Quartet; Rob's Essential Choice: Haydn: Nelson Mass.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Schumann songs.' Amongst the greatest musical achievements of the nineteenth century, each day this week Rob will handpick a great interpreter to showcase these miniature marvels.

Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery composer.

Rob's guest this week is the actress Geraldine James. An award-winning actress of both stage and screen, Geraldine will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Tallis, Schubert and Bach, every day at 10am.

This week Rob features the LaSalle Quartet. A personal favourite of Rob's, he will be exploring this American string quartet's finest recordings by composers including Brahms, Wolf, Beethoven and Debussy, as well as their renowned interpretations of Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School.

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

Missa in angustiis Hob:XXII:11 'Nelson Mass'.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Il mondo della luna (Act 2, March)

    Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • PHILIPS.
  • William Herschel

    Symphony No 13 in D major

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Schumann songs

    • Robert Schumann

      Myrthen, Op. 25: Widmung; Liederkreis, Op. 39: In der Fremde

      Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
      • EMI.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Variazioni a più strumenti obbligati

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
  • Marcel Dupré

    Magnificat VI: Gloria

    Performer: Michael Murray.
    • TELARC.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Apollon musagète: Pas de deux

    Conductor: Igor Stravinsky. Orchestra: Columbia Orchestra.
    • SONY.
  • Hector Berlioz

    The damnation of Faust Op.24 (excerpts)

    Conductor: Ernest Ansermet. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
  • François-Joseph Gossec

    Marche Lugubre

    Orchestra: The Wallace Collection. Conductor: John Wallace.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Geraldine James' Choice No. 1

    • Frederick Loewe

      ‘On the Street Where You Live’, from My Fair Lady

      Singer: Leonard Weir. Director: Cyril Ornadel.
      • COLUMBIA.
  • Geraldine James' Choice No. 2

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

      Scheherazade (The Sea and Sinbad's Ship)

      Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
      • RCA.
  • Artist of the Week: LaSalle Quartet

    • Arnold Schoenberg

      Verklärte Nacht

      Performer: Donald McInnes. Performer: Jonathan Pegis. Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Essential Choice

    • Joseph Haydn

      Missa in Angustiis Hob. XXII:11 ‘Nelson Mass’

      Ensemble: Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart. Conductor: Helmuth Rilling. Singer: Letizia Scherrer. Singer: Roxana Constantinescu. Choir: Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart. Singer: Maximilian Schmitt. Singer: Michael Nagy.

Mystery Object


I’m usually fairly large. I’ve even been known to have a diameter bigger
than 16 feet.

I was a favourite of composers such as Mahler, Stravinsky and

I have an eye-catching presence, and when hit, I’m extremely ear-catching.

The answer: a gong


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