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Thursday - 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: Handel: Ballet music (Alcina).

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: two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

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.

Alcina - ballet music
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Paul Graener

    Three Swedish Dances Op.98 – No.2 – Östergörth

    Conductor: Alun Francis. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester.
    • CPO.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    3 Fantasies Op.11 – Dolce scherzando

    Performer: Niklas Sivelöv.
    • NAXOS.
  • Pietro Paolo Bencini

    Introduzione a Quattro

    Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina. Conductor: Ottavio Dantone.
    • ARCHIV.
  • César Franck

    Le Chasseur maudit

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Alma Redemptoris mater à 8

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Victoria: Devotion to Our Lady: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
    • Collins Classics.
    • 9.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in A Hob XV No.35

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante defunte arr. for orchestra [orig. piano]

    Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
    • Ravel: Orchestral works: Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal/Dutoit.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Gavotte en Rondeau (Partita for solo violin in E major, BWV1006)

    Performer: Andrés Segovia.
    • DG.
  • Jim Parker


    Orchestra: Apollon Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: David Chernaik.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alessandro (Overture)

    Orchestra: Brandenburg Consort. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
    • Handel: Arias and Duets from the era of 'The Rival Queens'.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Trio No.2 in F Op.80

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Il Pastor Fido - ballet music

    Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O vis aeternitatis (Responsorium)

    Performer: Elizabeth Gaver. Performer: Elisabetta de Mircovich. Ensemble: Sequentia.
    • DEWDR.

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The two blended pieces in Imperfect Harmony were:

Symphony No. 1: 1st movement 
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor)


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