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Thursday - 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 Janacek's String Quartet No 2.

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

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
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.

10.30am
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.

11am
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.

Janacek
String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters'
Pavel Haas Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexander Kopylov

    Polka

    Ensemble: Vertavo Quartet.
    • SIMAX.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Flute Concerto in D major, RV 90, 'Il gardellino'

    Performer: Wissam Boustany. Performer: Stephen Morris. Performer: Peter Manning. Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Timothy Hugh. Performer: Mary Scully. Performer: Steven Devine.
    • NIMBUS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE: BARITONES

    • Maurice Ravel

      Don Quichotte a Dulcinee

      Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Singer: José van Dam.
      • SONY.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Cenerentola overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV869

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • DECCA.
  • José Serrano

    Cancion de la gitana (La Alegria del batallon)

    Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Orchestra: Profesores de la Orquesta National de Espana.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    “From the rage of the tempests… Hear me, ye winds” (Scipio)

    Performer: Oscar Natzke. Performer: H. Robinson Cleaver.
    • EMI.
  • DAVID PUTTNAM: CHOICE 1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto in C, K246; 3rd mvt, Rondeau. Tempo di menuetto

      Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
      • SONY.
  • DAVID PUTTNAM: CHOICE 2

    • Robert Schumann

      String Quartet No 3 in A, Op 41 No 3; 1st mvt

      Ensemble: Zehetmair Quartett.
      • ECM.
  • Matt Molloy

    The Kerry Dance

    Performer: Peter Dawson (baritone). Performer: Gerald Moore (piano).
  • César Franck

    Psyche

    Conductor: Willem van Otterloo. Orchestra: Residentie Orkest.
    • CHALLENGE CLASSICS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: PAVEL HAAS QUARTET

    • Leos Janáček

      String Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters'

      Performer: Pavel Haas Quartet.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Regina Caeli

    Conductor: Christopher Finzi. Choir: Wells Cathedral School Choralia.
    • NAXOS.
  • Richard Wagner

    Overture and Venusberg Music

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in B major, Op 62 No 1

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Nelson Freire: Chopin, The Nocturnes.
    • Decca.
    • 7.

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