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Monday - Rob Cowan with David Quantick

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Nocturnes; Rodgers and Hammerstein: Carousel; Artist of the Week: violinist Nathan Milstein, featured in Dvorak's Violin Concerto.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Nocturnes'. Rob explores works with this name ranging from the poetic character pieces for piano of Chopin, Fauré and John Field (the inventor of the genre) to the orchestral impressionist portraits of Debussy and Delius.

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

Rob's guest is David Quantick, who started out as a rock music journalist before going on to write comic material for many of the funniest people around today, from Graham Norton and Harry Hill to Sally Phillips and Mitchell and Webb. He's written scripts for satirical TV shows including The Thick of It and BBC Radio's The Now Show, and the controversial series Brass Eye. His taste in music is wide-ranging and exploratory, and throughout the week he'll be choosing some of his favourite classical pieces by composers including Vaughan Williams, Kurt Weill and Leos Janacek.

Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD review

Rodgers and Hammerstein

This week Rob features recordings by one of the great violinists of the 20th century, Nathan Milstein, a musician of impeccable taste whose breathtaking virtuosity burns across the years like a laser. He was a violinist's violinist who, whenever he played, was utterly at one with the instrument. Born in Odessa, Milstein studied with the great Hungarian violin teacher Leopold Auer at the St Petersburg Conservatory before settling in New York. With a career that lasted an incredible 72 years, he was worthy of his title 'the prince of the violin'.

Violin Concerto
Nathan Milstein (violin)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
William Steinberg (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Field

    Nocturne No 5 in B flat major

    Performer: Benjamin Frith.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied, BWV225

    Performer: Maarten van der Heyden. Performer: Jan Kleinbussink. Performer: Ageet Zwiestra. Performer: Margaret Urquhart. Conductor: Ton Koopman. Choir: Nederlands Kamerkoor.
    • DECCA.
  • Bach

    Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV225

    Choir: Nederlands Kamerkoor. Ensemble: Margaret Urquhart, Maarten van der Hayden (violins), Ageet Zwiestra (cello).

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.19 No.4

      Performer: Михаил Плетнёв.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Eastern Dances in the Black Sea Castle (Ruslan and Lyudmilla)

    Conductor: Mark Ermler. Orchestra: Great Symphony Orchestra of the All-Union Radio.
    • REGIS.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Solemn March (The Capture of Kars)

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Septet in E flat major, Op 65

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Dmitrie Cantemir

    Improvisation and Dance, 'Buselik Usules'

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.

    • Leos Janáček

      Fanfare; The Castle, Brno (Sinfonietta)

      Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
      • ORFEO.

    • Gavin Bryars

      The Sinking Of The Titanic

      Ensemble: The Smith Quartet & Tape.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Sheikh Mesut Efendi & Anon.

    Ey asikan / Gonul hayran

    Ensemble: Pera Ensemble.
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein

    Carousel (excerpt)

    Singer: Shirley Jones. Singer: Barbara Ruick. Singer: William Le Massena. Singer: Gordon MacRae. Singer: Claramae Turner. Conductor: Alfred Newman. Orchestra: 20th Century-Fox Orchestra.
    • Angel.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Kije's Wedding (Lieutenant Kije)

    Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari. Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • GUILD.

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

      Performer: Nathan Milstein. Conductor: William Steinberg. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
      • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Vogel, D.691

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in C minor, K.388

    Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Mapping the Music

The place was Kars.


The music played:


The Capture of Kars
USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)


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