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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Geraldine James

With Rob Cowan. Including Reasons to Love Schumann songs; Musical challenge; Artists of the Week: the LaSalle Quartet; Essential Choice: Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op 77 No 1.

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 our daily musical challenge: listen to the story and tell us what happens next.

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.

This week Rob showcases Haydn masterpieces

String Quartet in G Op.77 No.1
Danish String Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anton Webern

    Five movements for string quartet Op.5 – Sehr bewegt

    Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
    • DG.
  • Richard Strauss

    Rosenkavalier Waltzes

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for two Violins BWV1043

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Performer: Erick Friedman. Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra of London. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • RCA.
  • Robert Schumann

    Kerner-lieder, Op. 35: Wer machte dich so krank?; Alte Laute

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Hans Hotter.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Fête polonaise

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
  • Arnold Bax

    Salzburg Sonata: Lento espressivo

    Performer: Eric Parkin.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Richard Wagner

    Götterdämmerung: Funeral Music

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Saint Nicholas (The Birth of Nicholas)

    Singer: David Hemmings. Singer: Peter Pears. Choir: Girls' Choir of Sir John Leman School, Beccles. Choir: Boys' Choir of Ipswich School Preparatory Department. Performer: Ralph Downes. Orchestra: Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in B minor, BWV 893

    Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
    • DECCA.
  • Friedrich Gulda

    Prelude and Fugue

    • DG.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O Lord, in thee is all my trust

    Performer: Jan Garbarek. Performer: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Má vlast: Vysehrad

    Orchestra: Prague Philharmonia. Conductor: Jakub Hrůša.
  • Anton Webern

    Quintet for Strings and Piano

    Performer: Stefan Litwin. Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in G Op.77 No.1

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
  • Anton Webern

    Five Movements for String Quartet op.5

    Performer: LaSalle Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammphon.

Classical consequences

Hungarian born conductor Fritz Reiner terrified some musicians with
his stern manner and zero tolerance approach to mistakes. He was famous
for beating time with the tiniest of gestures, to keep players on their toes.
One day, a musician brought binoculars to a rehearsal. What happened


Reiner asked the musician what he was doing. The player told him: “I
was trying to find the beat”. Reiner was not amused, and promptly fired him.


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