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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with David Puttnam

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Works related to Greek mythology; Artists of the Week: Pavel Haas Quartet, featured in Dvorak's String Quartet in G.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. His guest this week is the film producer David Puttnam.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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.

Following on from Monday's Building a Library recommendation of Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Rob explores other works relating to figures from Greek mythology.

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 in G, Op.106
Pavel Haas Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse bluette, Op.72 No.11

    Performer: Konstantin Shamray.
    • NAXOS.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in G major for solo viola, strings and basso continuo, TWV51 G:9

    Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa.
    • MDG.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: Baritones

    • Johannes Brahms

      Die Mainacht, Op.43 No.2

      Performer: Dalton Baldwin. Singer: Gérard Souzay.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Concert piece no. 2 in D minor Op.114

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Performer: Wolfgang Meyer. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Polka (Les Vendredis)

    Ensemble: The Shostakovich String Quartet.
    • OLYMPIA.
  • Hsu Chiayu


    Performer: Dan Cullen. Performer: Sara Huebner. Performer: Pierrick Fournes. Performer: Brian Santero. Performer: Diana Wesley.
    • NAXOS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Ja hort mich' (Rodelinda)

    Singer: Gerhard Hüsch. Orchestra: Staatsorchester Stuttgart. Conductor: Carl Leonhardt.
    • Hanssler.
    • 93.032.
    • 12.
  • Samuel Barber

    Agnus Dei

    Conductor: Matthew Best. Ensemble: Corydon Singers.
  • David Puttnam: Choice 1

    • Vangelis

      Eric's Theme (From Chariots of Fire)

      Performer: Roy Carter. Performer: Andy Panayi. Performer: Sacha Puttnam. Orchestra: The London Telefilmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Cottle. Choir: The Purple Choir.
      • DECCA.
  • David Puttnam: Choice 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in F, Op 135; 3rd mvt, Assai lento, cantante e tranquillo

      Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Parce mihi Domine

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Performer: Jan Garbarek.
  • Franz Liszt


    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Violin Sonata No.2, Op.40

    Performer: Ion Voicu. Performer: Monique Haas.
    • DECCA.
  • Artist Of The Week: Pavel Haas Quartet

    • Antonín Dvořák

      String Quartet in G, Op.106

      Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    'His Highness’s Couplets’ (Cherevichki, Act 3)

    Conductor: Александр Мелик-Пашаев. Singer: Andrei Ivanov. Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Choir and Orchestra.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Die Fledermaus overture

    Conductor: Otto Klemperer. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • EMI.

Recording Rewind

Agnus Dei
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury (director)


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