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Monday - Rob Cowan with John Hegley

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Tone Poems; musical challenge; Artists of the Week: the Beaux Arts Trio; Rob's Essential Choice: Purcell chamber music.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...tone poems'. Throughout the week Rob showcases composers who use their music to illustrate or evoke a poem, story or landscape, from Liadov's Russian fairytale piece Kikimora to a trip through the wide open spaces of the Fen landscape with Vaughan Williams' In the Fen Country to the battle conjured up by Biber in his Battalia.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery object.

Performance poet, musician and songwriter John Hegley shares his favourite classical music with Rob. One of the country's most popular contemporary poets, John is well known for his books including New and Selected Potatoes, My dog is a carrot and Peace, Love & Potatoes.

Rob's artists of the week are the Beaux Arts Trio. One of the finest piano trios of all time, the Beaux Arts Trio played together for over 50 years and received critical and popular acclaim for their highly vital and refined performances. Throughout the week Rob dips into their rich recorded legacy, exploring their interpretations of works by composers including Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Beethoven, Smetana and Fauré.

For today's Essential Choice Rob selects a recommendation from the Building a Library from last Saturday's CD Review's exploration of the funeral music of Henry Purcell.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Daniel Purcell

    The Indian Queen – Act Two: Dance & Second Act Tune

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in C major, Kk.420

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • MIRARE.
  • 5 reasons to love... Tone Poems

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      In the Fen Country

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
      • EMI.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Rakastava, Op 14

    Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • Baltic Runes.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 002.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Boréades – Act IV: Gavottes pour les Heures et les Zéphirs

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Artists of the Week: Beaux Arts Trio

    • Ned Rorem

      Spring Music (Aubade)

      Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 22 in C major, K 162

    Orchestra: Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • DACAPO.
  • Ferde Grofé

    Grand Canyon Suite – Cloudburst

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
    • SONY.
  • John Hegley's Choice No. 1

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Hippolyte et Aricie – Act I scene 1

      Conductor: William Christie. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Singer: Godess Diana: Eirian James.
      • ERATO.
  • John Hegley's Choice No. 2

    • Max Bruch

      In Memoriam

      Performer: Salvatore Accardo. Conductor: Kurt Masur. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Artists of the Week: Beaux Arts Trio

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Trio Op.70 No.2

      Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Essential Choice

    • Henry Purcell

      Music for the funeral of Queen Mary

      Composer: Thomas Morley. Conductor: Lionel Meunier. Ensemble: Les Trompettes des Plaisirs. Choir: Vox Luminis. Ensemble: Lingua Franca.
      • Ricecar.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Symphony in B flat

    Performer: Paul Paray. Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Suite in A minor - Allemande

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
    • Hyperion.

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