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Thursday - 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: Piano Sonata No 59.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

10am
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.

10.30am
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.

11am
This week Rob showcases Haydn masterpieces

Haydn
Piano Sonata in E flat major No.59 Hob XVI:49
Glenn Gould.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    German Dance No 1 in A flat major, D 820

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Schubert: Piano Sonatas D664, D537 etc - Uchida.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Juan de Araujo

    Ay, Andar!

    Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • HYPERION.
  • Manuel de Falla

    The Three Cornered Hat

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • SONY.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE... SCHUMANN SONGS

    • Robert Schumann

      Dichterliebe, Op. 48: Die alten bösen Lieder

      Performer: Nahum Walter. Singer: Pavel Lisitsian.
      • RUSSIAN DISC.
  • Sébastien de Brossard

    Sonate en trio SdB.221

    Director: David Bates. Ensemble: La Nuova Musica.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Youth and Love (Songs of Travel)

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Christopher Maltman.
    • Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • GERALDINE JAMES' CHOICE NO. 1

    • Henry Purcell

      Dido and Aeneas; ‘When I am Laid in Earth’

      Singer: Janet Baker. Conductor: Anthony Lewis. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Ensemble: St. Anthony Singers.
      • DECCA.
  • GERALDINE JAMES' CHOICE NO. 2

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet in D minor, D810 (‘Death and the Maiden’); 1st mvt, Allegro

      Performer: Alban Berg Quartett.
      • EMI.
  • GERALDINE JAMES' CHOICE NO. 3

    • Franz Schubert

      Der Leiermann, D 911 No 24 (Winterreise)

      Performer: Thomas Quasthoff. Performer: Charles Spencer.
      • RCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 6 arr for orchestra

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • WARNER.
  • ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: LASALLE QUARTET

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Grosse Fugue Op.133

      Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
      • DG.
  • ESSENTIAL CHOICE

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Sonata in E flat major No.59 Hob XI:49

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Tempest - Incidental music to Shakespeare's play (excerpt)

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: LASALLE QUARTET

    • Alexander von Zemlinsky

      String Quartet No.1 in A Op.4

      Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
      • DG.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

 

Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Davis 9conductor)
CHANDOS


Schumann
Piano Quintet: Movement II
Artemis Quartet
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
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