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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with David Puttnam

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Works related to Greek mythology; Artists of the Week: The Pavel Haas Quartet, featured in Pavel Haas's String Quartet No 2.

As part of Radio 3's 'The Classical Voice', 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: Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

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 No.2, Op.7 'From the Monkey Mountains'
Pavel Haas
Colin Currie (percussion).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ottokar Nováček

    Moto perpetuo

    Ensemble: Sinfonia of London. Music Arranger: Douglas Gamley.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Scenes from Hiawatha - overture Op.30`3

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: Baritones

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Catalogue aria (Don Giovanni)

      Singer: Stafford Dean. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
      • ORFEO.
  • Jean-Joseph de Mondonville

    Sonata in F major, Op 3 No 2

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Etude-Caprice Op. 18 no. 5 in E major

    Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Igor Oistrakh.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a Theme by Schumann

    Performer: Sir András Schiff. Performer: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier


    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
  • David Puttnam: Choice 1

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Violin Concerto in D, Op 61; 3rd mvt, Rondo

      Performer: Nathan Milstein. Conductor: William Steinberg. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
      • EMI.
  • David Puttnam: Choice 2

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Clarinet Concerto, K622; 2nd mvt, Adagio

      Performer: Alfred Prinz. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Karl Böhm.
      • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Creatures of Prometheus: excerpts

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Sofia Gubaidulina

    Serenade for solo guitar

    Performer: David Tannenbaum.
    • NAXOS.
  • Graham Peel

    In summertime on Bredon

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Frederick Harvey. Conductor: George Weldon.
    • EMI.
  • Artist Of The Week: Pavel Haas Quartet

    • Pavel Haas

      String Quartet No 2, 'From the Monkey Mountains'

      Performer: Colin Currie. Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No.7 in D major, K.271a

    Performer: Mayumi Fujikawa. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Walter Weller.
    • DECCA.
    • 480 5384.
    • 4.

Imperfect Harmony

St Matthew Passion: Mache dich, mein Herze rein
Dietrich Henschel (baritone)
Collegium Vocale Gent Orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
Swiss Romande Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor)


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