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Wednesday - 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: Trumpet Concerto in E flat.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Sir Neville Marriner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Symphonic Studies Op.13: Etude VII

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Schumann songs

    • Robert Schumann

      Spanish Love Songs: Tief im Herzen trag ich pein; O wie lieblich ist das Madchen

      Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Performer: Helmut Deutsch. Singer: Kurt Streit. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
      • EMI.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Tales from the Vienna Woods Op.325

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in G major for violin and keyboard, BWV 1021

    Performer: Reinhard Goebel. Performer: Jaap ter Linden. Performer: Hendrik Bouman.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Howard Shore

    The Lord of the Rings: Forth Eorlingas

    Conductor: Howard Shore. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: London Orchestra.
  • John Cage

    String Quartet in Four parts: Quietly Flowing Along

    Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic Festival Overture

    Conductor: Eduard van Beinum. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    The Hunters; Procession (Peter and the Wolf)

    Narrator: David Bowie. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • RCA.
  • Geraldine James' Choice No. 1

    • Charles Ives

      The Fourth of July (A Symphony: New England Holidays)

      Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Geraldine James' Choice No. 2

    • Richard Wagner

      Das Rheingold (Prelude)

      Orchestra: English National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Reginald Goodall.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Geraldine James' Choice No. 3

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring; Pt 1, extract

      Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
      • DG.
  • Artist of the Week: LaSalle Quartet

    • Claude Debussy

      String Quartet

      Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Pau Casals

    O vos omnes

    Ensemble: Sospiri. Conductor: Christopher Watson.
    • Naxos.
  • Essential Choice

    • Joseph Haydn

      Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Hugo Wolf

    String Quartet in D minor

    Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
    • DG.

Recording Rewind

The music played:


Peter and the Wolf Op.67
David Bowie (narrator)
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy (conductor)


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