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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Ian McMillan

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Old-School Cellists; Bach: Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir; Artist of the Week: Daniel Harding: Bartok's Violin Concerto No 2.

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: can you remember the television show that featured this piece of classical music?

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 as he goes back to the Baroque to investigate Bach's use of recycled musical material in his sacred cantata Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir BWV 29.

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.

Violin Concerto No. 2
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Manuel de Falla

    III. Cancion (Suite populaire Espagnole)

    Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran. Performer: Nina Musinyan.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs

    Performer: Canada's National Arts Centre Wind Quintet. Performer: Stéphane Lemelin.
    • NAXOS.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Snow Maiden Suite

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
  • My favourite... old-world cellists

    • Manuel de Falla

      VI. Jota (Suite populaire Espagnole)

      Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran. Performer: Nina Musinyan.
      • BRILLIANT.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Princess of Persia

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • DECCA.
  • Anders Hillborg

    Oh those eyes

    Singer: Hannah Holgersson. Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • BIS.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture to William Tell

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Ian McMillan's Choice No. 1

    • Edward Elgar

      Cello Concerto: Adagio

      Performer: Sol Gabetta. Performer: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Performer: Mario Venzago.
      • RCA.
  • Ian McMillan's Choice No. 2

    • Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla

      Credo (Missa Ego flos campi)

      Ensemble: The Harp Consort. Director: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
  • Ian McMillan's Choice No. 3

    • Ian Stephens

      A Wailing on the Wind (excerpt)

      Narrator: Liz Weir. Ensemble: Mavron Quartet.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV29

      Ensemble: Collegium Vocale Gent. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude in D flat major, Op.34 No.15

    Performer: Artur Pizarro.
  • Artist of the Week: Daniel Harding

    • Béla Bartók

      Violin Concerto No.2

      Performer: Isabelle Faust. Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Ballade in F sharp minor, Op 19

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Ensemble: Signum Quartet.
    • Quartet Movements: Signum Quartett.
    • Capriccio.
    • 2.

Heard on Screen

Answer: The Lone Ranger

The music played:

Overture to William Tell
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner (conductor)


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