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Tuesday - 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: Rameau: Dardanus Ballet Suite.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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.

After last week's exploration of the music from great Romantic ballets, Rob goes back to an earlier era with his Essential Choices for the week as he showcases Baroque ballet scores.

Dardanus - ballet suite
Collegium Aureum.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    March (The Love for Three Oranges)

    Performer: Leonard Elschenbroich. Performer: Peter Limonov.
    • ONYX.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in G Op.32 No.5 & Moment Musicaux in B minor Op.16 No.2

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • SONY.
  • 5 reasons to love... tone poems

    • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

      Fragment from the Apocalypse Op.66

      Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov. Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation.
      • MELODIYA.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in B minor for 4 violins, RV 580

    Ensemble: Brecon Baroque. Director: Rachel Podger.
  • Pierre de la Rue & Stile Antico

    Absalon fili mi

  • Miklós Rózsa

    Prelude and Love theme from ‘Spellbound’

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Shelley.
    • DG.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro for Strings Op.47

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
  • John Hegley's Choice No. 1

    • Claude Debussy

      String Quartet 4th movement

      Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
  • John Hegley's Choice No. 2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No.6 – Prelude

      Performer: Maurice Gendron.
      • PHILIPS.
  • John Hegley's Choice No. 3

    • Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet

      The First to Leave

      • WARNER.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Auf der Jagd (Cagliostro in Wien)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Johann & Josef Strauss: Polkas.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 16.
  • Artists of the week: Beaux arts Trio

    • Bedrich Smetana

      Piano Trio in G minor Op.15

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

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Dardanus Suite

      Orchestra: Collegium Aureum.

Recording Rewind

Introduction and Allegro for strings Op.47
BBC Symphony Orchestra 
Andrew Davis (conductor) 
WARNER 2564621992


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