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Friday - 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 Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet.

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 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.

9.30am
Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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.

Schubert
String Quartet in D minor, D.810 'Death and the Maiden'
Pavel Haas Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Joseph Martin Kraus

    Elmira’s Dance (Soliman II)

    Orchestra: Sarband. Orchestra: Concerto Köln.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in F major, Op.10 No.2

    Performer: Paavali Jumppanen.
    • ONDINE.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE: BARITONES

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      “Di Provenza il mar” (La Traviata, Act II)

      Conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Singer: Sherrill Milnes. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
      • DG.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Whither must I wander (Songs of Travel)

    Singer: Sir Thomas Allen. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • William Boyce

    Symphony No. 3 in C

    Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin. Orchestra: Menuhin Festival Orchestra.
    • CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE.
  • Zez Confrey

    Dizzy Fingers

    Performer: Piers Lane.
    • HYPERION.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Auf dich, Herr, traue ich, SWV462

    Conductor: Konrad Junghänel. Ensemble: Musica Fiata Köln. Ensemble: Cantus Cölln.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    5 Variants of Dives & Lazarus

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • DAVID PUTTNAM: CHOICE 1

    • Keith Jarrett

      The Köln Concert (Part 2c)

      Performer: Keith Jarrett.
      • ECM.
  • DAVID PUTTNAM: CHOICE 2

    • Traditional

      The bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

      Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Conductor: Rory MacDonald. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Concerto for Orchestra - I. Intrada (Allegro maestoso)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • WARNER.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Helios Overture, Op.17

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Five Mystical Songs

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks. Singer: John Shirley‐Quirk. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
    • EMI.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: PAVEL HAAS QUARTET

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet in D minor, D.810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

      Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Pulcinella: Overture; Gavotte con due variazioni

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Performer: Ann Murray. Performer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Performer: Simon Estes.

Mystery Person

Vaughan Williams

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