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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Ian McMillan

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Old-School Cellists; Music in Time: Thomas Ades: Asyla; Artist of the Week: Daniel Harding, conducting Schumann: Goethe's Faust (excerpts).

My favourite... old-world cellists. Rob delves into the archives of great cellists from the past, including recordings by Maurice Gendron, Daniil Shafran, Gregor Piatigorsky, Emanuel Feuermann and Paul Tortelier, in repertoire by Fauré, Beethoven and Haydn.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

Rob's guest this week is the poet, playwright, and broadcaster Ian McMillan. Well known for presenting Radio 3's The Verb, and for his strong Barnsley accent, Ian is a popular performance poet who tours the country with his poetry shows. The most recent of his many books, Neither Nowt nor Summat: In Search of the Meaning of Yorkshire, is an exploration of his beloved home county. Ian will be talking about his life and poetry, and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

Rob places Music in Time. Rob heads to the disco to discover how clubbing music influenced the Modern composer Thomas Adès's orchestral work Asyla.

Rob's artist of the week is the conductor Daniel Harding. Harding was the protégée of Simon Rattle in his youth and first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic when he was just 21 years old. He went on to have great success, both at home and abroad, and especially in Germany, developing a special enthusiasm for Romantic and 20th-century repertoire. Throughout the week Rob explores Harding's interpretations of works including Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, Mahler's Sixth Symphony and Scenes from Goethe's Faust by Schumann.

Scenes from Goethe's Faust: Faust's Transfiguration
Christiane Karg (soprano)
Mari Eriksmoen (soprano)
Bernarda Fink (mezzo)
Andrew Staples (tenor)
Christian Gerhaher (baritone)
Alastair Miles (bass)
Tareq Nazmi (bass)
Kurt Rydl (bass)
Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • François Couperin

    Les baricades misterieuses

    Music Arranger: Thomas Adès. Ensemble: The Composers Ensemble. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • EMI.
  • François Couperin

    Prelude & Allemande fugee (Royal Concert No.2)

    Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • My favourite... old-world cellists

    • Joseph Haydn

      Divertimento for cello and orchestra

      Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky. Orchestra: Orchestra.
      • SONY.
  • György Ligeti

    Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances

    Ensemble: Asko Ensemble. Ensemble: Schoenberg Ensemble. Conductor: Reinbert de Leeuw.
    • WARNER.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt, SWV47

    Choir: Cantus Cölln. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Conductor: Konrad Junghänel.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C major, K.309

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 4227192.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    March (The Love for Three Oranges)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • Ian McMillan's Choice No. 1

    • York Bowen

      I. Allegro assai (String Quartet No.2 in D minor, Op.41)

      Ensemble: Archaeus Quartet.
      • NAXOS.
  • Ian McMillan's Choice No. 2

    • Gloria Coates

      I. On wings of sound (String Quartet No.8)

      Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet.
      • NAXOS.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Thomas Adès

      Asyla (3rd mvt, 'Ecstasio')

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
      • EMI.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Ave Maria, O auctrix vitae

    Ensemble: Sequentia.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major, BWV1047

    Orchestra: La Simphonie du Marais. Conductor: Hugo Reyne.
  • Artist of the week: Daniel Harding

    • Robert Schumann

      Faust’s Transfiguration (Scenes from Goethe's Faust)

      Singer: Christiane Karg. Singer: Mari Eriksmoen. Singer: Bernarda Fink. Singer: Andrew Staples. Singer: Christian Gerhaher. Singer: Tareq Nazmi. Singer: Kurt Rydl. Choir: Augsburger Domsingknaben. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
      • BR KLASSIK.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for cello and piano

    Performer: Maurice Gendron. Performer: Jean Françaix.
    • Philips.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

March (The Love for Three Oranges)
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor)


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