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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with David Quantick

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Nocturnes; Copland: Suite (The Red Pony); Artist of the Week: violinist Nathan Milstein, featured in Bach's Partita in E, BWV1006.

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 personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

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.

The Red Pony - Suite
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta (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'.

Partita in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006
Nathan Milstein (violin).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No.6 in D major

    Conductor: Iván Fischer. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Orchestrator: Parlow.
    • DECCA.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Serenade to Music

    Singer: Norma Burrowes. Singer: Sheila Armstrong. Singer: Susan Longfield. Singer: Marie Hayward. Singer: Alfreda Hodgson. Singer: Gloria Jennings. Singer: Shirley Minty. Singer: Meriel Dickinson. Singer: Ian Partridge. Singer: Bernard Dickerson. Singer: Wynford Evans. Singer: Kenneth Bowen. Singer: Richard Angas. Singer: John Carol Case. Singer: John Noble. Singer: Christopher Keyte. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Vaughan Williams: Serenade to music etc: Sir Adrian Boult.
    • EMI.
    • 18.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Nocturnes

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in E flat, Op.55 No.2

      Performer: Ignaz Friedman.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Nicolas Gombert

    Media Vita

    Ensemble: Huelgas Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Van Nevel.
  • Artist of the Week: Nathan Milstein

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

      Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op 33

      Performer: Nathan Milstein. Conductor: Robert Irving. Orchestra: Robert Irving Orchestra.
      • EMI.
  • Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco & Concerto Köln

    Concerto a piu istrumenti, Op.5 No.3 in E minor

    • WARNER.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Beati quorum via, Op.38 No.3

    Choir: Winchester College Chapel Choir. Conductor: Malcolm Archer.
  • David Quantick's Choice No. 1

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      The Lark Ascending

      Performer: Hugh Bean. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
      • EMI.
  • David Quantick's Choice No. 2

    • Greg Roberts

      A Canterbury Tale (album: Second Light)

      Ensemble: Dreadzone.
      • VIRGIN.
  • David Quantick's Choice No. 3

    • Andrew Lloyd Webber

      Variations for cello and orchestra (Introduction; Variations 1-4)

      Performer: Julian Lloyd Webber. Performer: Jon Hiseman. Performer: Gary Moore.
      • MCA RECORDS.
  • Aaron Copland

    The Red Pony Suite; Happy Ending

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • NAXOS.
  • Amy Beach

    Chanson d'amour, Op 21 No 1

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Performer: Charles Medlam. Performer: James Lisney.
    • BIS.
  • Artist of the Week: Nathan Milstein

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita in E major for solo violin, BWV1006

      Performer: Nathan Milstein.
      • EMI.
  • César Franck

    Symphony in D minor

    Conductor: Paul Paray. Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    • MERCURY.
  • Artist of the Week: Nathan Milstein

    • Pablo de Sarasate

      Introduction and Tarantelle, Op.43

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

Relative Values

The relationship was Teacher-Pupil, Stanford and Holst.

The music played:


Three Motets, Op. 38: No. 3 Beati quorum via 

Winchester College Chapel Choir 




St Paul’s Suite: Finale - The Dargasson 

St Paul Chamber Orchestra 

Christopher Hogwood (conductor) 



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