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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Antonia Fraser

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love French Melodies; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux; Rob's Essential Choice: Delibes: Sylvia (Act 3).

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...French Melodies'. With performances of songs by composers including Berlioz, Ravel and Duparc from such diverse singers as Rita Streich, Thomas Hampson, Mady Mesplé, Leopold Simoneau and Sandrine Piau, Rob explores the wide range of expression this genre offers.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

Rob's guest this week is the biographer and novelist Lady Antonia Fraser. The author of many acclaimed historical works including Marie Antoinette and Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Fraser will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Byrd, Mozart and Schubert, every day at 10am.

This week Rob features the Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux. A fine pianist as well as a violinist, Grumiaux was known for his graceful performances and purity of tone. Rob features classic recordings of him in repertoire for which he is especially celebrated, including the solo violin music of Bach, as well as works by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and Faure.

Rob's Essential Choice
This week Rob explores great ballet scores
Sylvia: Act III
London Symphony Orchestra
Anatole Fistoulari (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Карл Юльевич Давыдов

    Waltz, Op. 41 No. 2

    Performer: Colin Stone. Performer: Leonid Gorokhov.
    • OLYMPIA.
  • Robert Schumann

    Abegg Variations, Op.1

    Performer: Lise de la Salle.
    • NAÏVE.
  • 5 reasons to love... French melodies

    • Maurice Ravel

      5 Greek Melodies

      Performer: Dalton Baldwin. Singer: Mady Mesplé.
      • EMI.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Hansel & Gretel: Overture

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux

    • Maria Theresia von Paradis


      Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: Istvan Hadju.
      • Favourite Violin Encores.
      • DECCA.
      • 001.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Oboe Concerto in A minor

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Danse russe (3 Movements from Petrushka)

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • Deutche Gramaphon.
  • Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      E Susanna non vien... Dove sono (The Marriage of Figaro)

      Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
      • DECCA.
  • Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 2

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Sonata No 10 in C major, K 330 (1st mvt)

      Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor

      Performer: Arthur Grumiaux.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Edward Elgar

    Give unto the Lord

    Performer: Jonathan Vaughn. Choir: Choir of St John's College. Choir: Cambridge. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
    • Naxos.
  • Essential Choice

    • Léo Delibes

      Sylvia: Act III

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Arpege, Op. 76 No. 2; En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2

    Performer: Jacqueline Bonneau. Singer: Gérard Souzay.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 48 in C major 'Maria Theresia'

    Conductor: Max Goberman. Orchestra: Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper.
    • SONY.

Recording Rewind

Three Movements for Petrushka: I Danse russe. Allegro giusto
Yuja Wang (piano)


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