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Rob Cowan at Sage Gateshead

Live from Sage Gateshead, Rob Cowan presents a special programme from the 2015 Free Thinking Festival, featuring familiar pieces in unfamiliar arrangements and unusual ensembles.

Join Rob Cowan live from Sage Gateshead with a selection of music that tears up the rulebook. Familiar pieces by Handel, Mahler and Rameau get unusual makeovers, there are unusual ensembles from jazz quintets to balalaika ensembles and the saxophone takes centre stage as a classical instrument in works by Bach and Tavener. At 11, the programme crosses live to the Cenotaph for the Act of Remembrance.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Nov 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah:Hallelujah Chorus

    Choir: Westminster Choir. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Messiah.
    • Sony.
    • 025.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 5:Funeral March

    Music Arranger: Uri Caine. Ensemble: Uri Caine Ensemble.
    • I Went Out This Morning Over The Countryside.
    • Winter & Winter.
    • 001.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Zoroastre: Overture

    Orchestra: Soloists of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela. Conductor: Bruno Procopio.
    • Rameau in Caracas.
    • Paraty.
    • 001.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    Ercole Amante: Act 1, Scene 3 – Ma in amor ciò ch’altri

    Performer: Mariana Flores. Ensemble: Clematis Ensemble.
    • Heroines of the Venetian Baroque.
    • Ricercar.
    • 015.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Romeo at the tomb of the Capulets

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
    • Romeo et Juliette.
    • Westminster.
    • 009.
  • anon

    Dark Eyes

    Music Arranger: E, Grebenko. Singer: Vassily Savenko. Ensemble: Квартет "Московская балалайка".
    • The Troika Bells.
    • Russian Disc.
    • 014.
  • John Adams

    Saxophone Concerto

    Performer: Timothy McAllister. Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Robertson.
    • Nonesuch.
  • anon

    Instrumental folk music from the region of Sic

    Performer: Istvan Kadar. Ensemble: Members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dances: no 3 in F minor

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F BMW 1047

    Performer: Marcel Mule. Orchestra: Pro Musica Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • Otto Klemperer Conducts.
    • Vox Legends.
    • 001.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cantique Op. 3 No. 1

    Performer: Daniel Justin.
    • Complete Original Organ Music.
    • Brilliant.
    • 002.
  • John Tavener

    The Protecting Veil (First Movement)

    Performer: Amy Dickson. Music Arranger: Amy Dickson. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mikel Toms.
    • Sony.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Guardian Angel

    Performer: Rachel Podger.
    • Rosary Sonatas.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 008.
  • Béla Bartók


    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Zoltan Kocsis plays Bartok.
    • Philips.
    • 001.
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Symphony No 10: Finale

    Orchestra: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Conductor: Rudolf Barshai.
    • Symphony No 10.
    • Brilliant.
    • 005.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Di Provenza il mar

    Singer: Mattia Battistini. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Sabajno.
    • Il Re dei Baritoni.
    • Preiser.
    • 007.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Introduction & Rondo Op. 16

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Horowitz plays Chopin.
    • Sony Music.
    • 004.


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