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Wednesday - 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: Lully: Le bourgeois gentilhomme.

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 today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.

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.

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Heinrich Biber

    Battaglia in D major

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Two Nocturnes Op.62 – No.1 in B major

    Performer: Pascal Amoyel.
  • Imre Kálmán

    The Gypsy Princess Waltz

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella – Dance of the Courtiers & Court Dance

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia No.11 in G minor BWV797

    Performer: Claire‐Marie Le Guay.
    • MIRARE.
  • Jules Massenet

    Thaïs - Meditation

    Performer: Steven Staryk. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • RCA.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Roland (Chaconne et Choeur)

    Director: Christophe Rousset. Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques.
  • Barclay James Harvest

    Mocking Bird

    • EMI.
  • Stephen Montague

    Dark Sun (Live For The BBC August 1945)

    Conductor: Grant Llewellyn. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Le bourgeois gentilhomme

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière

    Symphony No.1 Op.8

    Conductor: Edward Downes. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Benedictus qui venit

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Singer: Kathleen Battle.
    • DG.

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The Mystery Place was - The Palace of Versailles.


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