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Monday - Rob Cowan with Omid Djalili

With Rob Cowan. Includes Five Reasons to Love Dvorak's Slavonic Dances; CD Review Building a Library: Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann (excerpts); Bach: The Art of Fugue (excerpts).

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Dvorák's Slavonic Dances'. Dvorák's dances were an instant hit on their publication in 1878, propelling the Czech composer to international fame. A second set brought the total to sixteen dances. Throughout the week Rob makes the case for these miniature masterpieces, showcasing interpretations by conductors including Rafael Kubelik, Jean Martinon and Václav Talich.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

Rob's guest is the stand-up comedian and actor Omid Djalili. Omid has a varied career across stage and screen and is well known for his popular sketch shows and sell-out international tours. He will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Rob every day at 10am.

Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD review

Tales of Hoffmann (excerpt)

Rob's artist of the week is Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, whose performances display virtuosity, poetry and insight in equal measure. Sokolov is regarded as one of the greatest living pianists in Europe, but his refusal to make studio recordings has meant a relative lack of recognition in the UK and USA. This is starting to change following his recent contract, for live recordings only, with Deutsche Grammophon. Throughout the week Rob explores Sokolov's penetrating interpretations of masterpieces from Bach to Prokofiev and Stravinsky, by way of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Scriabin.

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (excerpts).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jacques Offenbach

    Orpheus in the Underworld, Act 2; Ballet des mouches: galop

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in C major, Op 46 No 1

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
  • Franz Liszt

    Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S 382 bis

    Performer: Ulf Wallin. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72a

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
  • Léon Boëllmann

    Symphonic Variations, Op 23

    Performer: Paul Tortelier. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Faust (Act 2: Waltz)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59 ‘Fur Elise'

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Performer: Earl Wild. Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • SONY.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Tales of Hoffman: Act I (conclusion)

    Performer: Rémy Corazza. Performer: Gérard Friedmann. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Singer: Ann Murray. Singer: Plácido Domingo. Choir: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. Singer: Catherine Malfitano. Conductor: James Levine. Singer: José van Dam.
    • ORFEO.
  • Liadov

    Song of Praise from 'Birthday'

    Ensemble: Shostakovich Quartet.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 1

    Performer: Grigory Sokolov.
    • NAIVE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus inversus 12 a 4

    Performer: Grigory Sokolov.
    • NAIVE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Art of Fugue: Canon alla Ottava

    Performer: Grigory Sokolov.
    • NAIVE.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in E flat, Op 71 No 3

    Ensemble: Griller Quartet.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony in G minor, WoO 29 ('Zwickau')

    Orchestra: Radio Kamer Filharmonie. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.

Relative Values

Gounod and Saint-Saens: Pupil and Teacher 



Symphony No. 3 in C minor ‘Organ’ 

James O’Donnell (organ) 

London Philharmonic Orchestra 

Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor) 

LPO 0081



Faust: Act II Waltz 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra 

Paul Paray (conductor) 



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