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Friday - 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: Symphony No 104.

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.

This week Rob showcases Haydn masterpieces

Symphony No.104 in D
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Eugen Jochum (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Michael Haydn

    Divertimento in A MH299: Menuetto

    Ensemble: Marcolini Quartet.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Le baiser de la fée: Divertimento

    Performer: Mark Wait. Performer: Carolyn Huebl.
    • NAXOS.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances of Marosszék

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Schumann songs

    • Robert Schumann

      Frauenliebe und Leben: Er, der herrlichste von allen; Ich kann’s nicht fassen

      Performer: Erik Werba. Singer: Irmgard Seefried.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr

    Performer: Paul Jacobs. Composer: Ferruccio Busoni.
    • ARBITER.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Otello (Act 3: Ballet Music)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • William Byrd

    Pavan and Galliard No 2 in C minor

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter

    Ensemble: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL.
  • Anthony Holborne

    Lullabie Galliard

    Performer: Ronald Romm. Performer: Frederic Mills. Performer: David Ohanian. Performer: Eugene Watts. Performer: Charles Daellenbach. Music Arranger: Mark Kroll. Ensemble: Canadian Brass.
    • Canadian Brass: English Renaissance Music.
    • CBS.
  • Geraldine James' Choice No. 1

    • George Frideric Handel

      Serse, HWV 40; Act 1 – ‘Ombra mai fu’

      Performer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Performer: Sir Roger Norrington.
      • DECCA.
  • Geraldine James' Choice No. 2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No.1 in G, BWV 1007; Allemande

      Performer: Pau Casals.
      • EMI.
  • Rob's choice for Geraldine James

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Op. 58; 3rd mvt. Adagio

      Performer: Emanuel Feuermann. Performer: Franz Rupp.
      • BIDDULPH.
  • Artist of the week: LaSalle Quartet

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet Op.131

      Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Essential Choice

    • Michael Haydn

      Symphony No.104 in D

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Eugen Jochum.
      • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo No.4 in E minor Op.54

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
    • SONY.

Mystery Composer

The clues:


My musical career spanned the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I
and Elizabeth I


I was one of the first composers to set the English liturgy


In 1575, alongside William Byrd, I was given a joint monopoly on
printing music and music paper by Queen Elizabeth I



The answer: Thomas Tallis


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