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.
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 today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.
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 D minor, D.810 'Death and the Maiden'
Pavel Haas Quartet.