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Monday - Rob Cowan with David Puttnam

With Rob Cowan. CD Review Building a Library: Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria; Artists of the Week: the Pavel Haas Quartet, featured in Smetana's String Quartet No 2.

As part of Radio 3's Classical Voice season, Rob offers a selection of music that showcases the qualities of the baritone voice. The baritone is a particular favourite for Rob as it is the closest of the male voices to natural speech. He features performances by well-loved singers including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerard Souzay and Jose van Dam, as well as Muslim Magomayev and Stafford Dean - baritones who Rob thinks should be better known today. The music ranges from Mozart's Don Giovanni and Verdi's La Traviata to songs by Brahms and Ravel.

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

Rob's guest this week is David Puttnam. A renowned producer famed for films including Chariots of Fire, Bugsy Malone, The Mission and The Killing Fields, Lord Puttnam has worked in public policy since he retired from the film industry, and has a particular interest in improvements in education. He will be discussing his career and 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

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

This week Rob features recordings by the award-winning Pavel Haas Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation. Rob explores works from the quartet's Czech musical heritage with music by Smetana, Dvorak and Janacek, as well as works by Pavel Haas himself, the Czech composer after whom the quartet was named, and who was murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.

String Quartet No.2 in D minor
Pavel Haas Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Die Nacht (Wie schon bist du) D.983c

    Choir: Baccholian Singers of London.
    • PEARL.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: Baritones

    • Gioachino Rossini

      Largo al factotum (Barber of Seville)

      Conductor: Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov. Singer: Muslim Magomayev. Orchestra: Large USSR State Television and Radio Symphony Orchestra.
      • MELODIYA.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Hamlet, fantasy overture after Shakespeare, Op.67a

    Conductor: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra.
    • BSO.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    At the Ball, Op.38 No.3

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Christianne Stotijn.
    • ONYX.
  • Émile Waldteufel

    Bella bocca

    Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer.
  • Johann Melchior Molter

    Clarinet Concerto No. 5 in D major

    Performer: Henk de Graaf. Conductor: Marien van Staalen. Ensemble: Amadeus Ensemble Rotterdam.
  • Samuel Sebastian Wesley

    Blessed be the God and Father

    Performer: James McVinnie. Conductor: Christopher Robinson. Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.
    • NAXOS.
  • David Puttnam: Choice 1

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto in C ‘con molti stromenti’, RV 558; 1st mvt, Allegro molto

      Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
      • SONY.
  • David Puttnam: Choice 2

    • Richard Wagner

      Lohengrin; Prelude to Act 1

      Conductor: George Szell. Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.
      • SONY.
  • David Puttnam: Choice 3

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Horn Concerto No 3, K447 - finale

      Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Conductor: Peter Maag. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Building A Library Recommendation

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria: conclusion of the opera: Act III, Scenes 7-9

      Ensemble: La Venexiana. Singer: Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani. Singer: Salvo Vitale. Singer: Makoto Sakurada. Conductor: Claudio Cavina. Singer: Marta Fumagalli. Singer: Roberta Mameli. Singer: Jose Maria Lo Monaco. Singer: Vincenzo di Donato. Singer: Giorgia Milanesi.
      • GLOSSA.
  • Carl Nielsen

    An Imaginary Journey to the Faroes

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Carl Nielsen: Orchestral music: Danish National Symphony Orch/Dausgaard.
    • Dacapo.
    • 10.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.30 in C ‘Alleluja’

    Orchestra: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
    • Sony.
    • 10.
  • Artist Of The Week: Pavel Haas Quartet

    • Bedrich Smetana

      String Quartet No.2 in D minor

      Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
      • SUPRAPHON.

Relative Values

Samuel was father of Samuel Sebastian.

SS Wesley
Blessed be the God and Father
Choir of New College Oxford
Martin Hallows (organ)
Edward Higginbottom (director)
Samuel Wesley

Si iniquitates observaveris 
Gentlemen of Durham Cathedral Choir
James Lancelot (director)


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