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Friday - Rob Cowan with David Quantick

With Rob Cowan. Reasons to Love Nocturnes; Rodgers: Slaughter on 10th Avenue (On Your Toes); Artist of the Week: violinist Nathan Milstein, featured in Vivaldi's Sonata in A, Op 2.

9am
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.

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

10am
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.

10.30am
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.

Rodgers
Slaughter on 10th Avenue (On Your Toes)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler

11am
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'.

Vivaldi
Violin Sonata in A major, Op.2 no.2
Nathan Milstein (violin)
Leon Pommers (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Traditional English

    Ave rex angelorum

    Choir: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM NEW SERIES.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Piano Quartet in A minor (fragment)

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Paul Neubauer. Performer: David Finckel. Performer: Wu Han.
    • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Il Signor Bruschino (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...NOCTURNES

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Nocturne No.6 in D flat, Op.63

      Performer: Paul Crossley.
      • CRD.
  • George Gershwin

    Lullaby

    Performer: Nash Ensemble.
    • HYPERION.
  • Metropolitan Hilarion aka Grigory Alfeyev

    "Come, let us sing holy laments to Christ" (St Matthew Passion)

    Choir: Moscow Synodal Choir. Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev. Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra.
    • MELODIYA.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Overture on Hebrew Themes

    Performer: Stefan Vladar. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme: "Si. Mi chimano Mimi"

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Singer: Mirella Freni.
    • DECCA.
  • DAVID QUANTICK'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Kurt Weill

      Pirate Jenny (Threepenny Opera)

      Singer: Lotte Lenya. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Samuel Matlovsky.
      • NAXOS.
  • DAVID QUANTICK'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Alban Berg

      Wozzeck: Act III Scene 2

      Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Singer: Hildegard Behrens. Singer: Franz Grundheber.
      • DG.
  • DAVID QUANTICK'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

      Choros No.10

      Conductor: Heitor Villa‐Lobos. Orchestra: National Orchestra of French Radio. Choir: National Chorus of French Radio.
      • EMI.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (On Your Toes)

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • RCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Clarinet Sonata No.2 In E flat, Op.120 No.2

    Performer: Martin Fröst. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: NATHAN MILSTEIN

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Violin Sonata in A major, Op.2 No.2

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

    Symphony in D minor, 'Youth'

    Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Capriccio in A flat major (1829)

    Performer: Nancy Green. Performer: R. Larry Todd.
    • JRI RECORDINGS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.54 in G major

    Orchestra: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
    • SONY.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: NATHAN MILSTEIN

    • Manuel de Falla

      Jota (Siete canciones populares espanolas)

      Performer: Leon Pommers. Performer: Nathan Milstein. Music Arranger: Paul Kopchinski.
      • EMI.

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