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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with David Quantick

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Nocturnes; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances (West Side Story); Artist of the Week: violinist Nathan Milstein, featured in Mozart's Sonata in C, K296.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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.

Following on from Monday's Building a Library recommendation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, Rob offers his personal choice of works by American composers who wrote for the stage.

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

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 Sonata in C major, K296
Nathan Milstein (violin)
Leon Pommers (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arthur Bliss

    Antiphonal Fanfare for Three Brass Choirs

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • DECCA.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in C minor for viola d'amore and harpsichord, K 73

    Performer: Valerio Losito. Performer: Andrea Coen.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Nocturnes

    • Claude Debussy

      Nuages; Fetes (Nocturnes)

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rosamunde (Ballet Music No 2)

    Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Confitebor tibi, Domine (Selva morale e spirituale)

    Ensemble: Cantus Cölln. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Conductor: Konrad Junghänel.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Rapsodia española

    Performer: Melani Mestre. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le corsaire

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • RCA.
  • David Quantick's Choice No.1

    • Jules Massenet

      Meditation from Thais

      Performer: Maud Powell. Performer: George Falkenstein.
      • NAXOS.
  • David Quantick's Choice No.2

    • William Basinski

      The Disintegration Loops dlp 1.1

  • David Quantick's Choice No.3

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (Prelude)

      Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
      • DECCA.
  • Ernest Tomlinson

    Comedy Overture

    Orchestra: Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu. Conductor: Ernest Tomlinson.
    • British Light Music: Ernest Tomlinson.
    • Marco Polo.
    • 001.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op 70

    Performer: David Pyatt. Performer: Martin Jones.
    • David Pyatt Recital / Schumann.
    • Erato.
    • 14-15.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Violin Sonata in C major, K.296

      Performer: Leon Pommers. Performer: Nathan Milstein.
      • EMI.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Lamentations of Jeremiah II

    Conductor: Peter Phillips. Choir: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio in B minor, K 540

    Performer: Leon McCawley.
    • AVIE.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Sleeping Beauty, Act III selection of character dances

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.


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